Cheese and onion melt burger

Cheese and onion melt burger

It’s been ages since I’ve made a burger and they seem to be everywhere at the moment.

Delicious looking burgers, topped with lots of gooey cheese and a bun.

But as you can see, there’s no bun in sight.

Why? Well I have a calorie goal for a meal and there isn’t room for chips and a bun, so I made a choice.

Chips won!!!

his is one of the many lean recipes that I’ve created where flavour and simplicity are key. There are hundreds of lean recipes in my app The Lean Cook with adjustable calories and macros.

Ingredients for 1 serving

185 g extra lean beef mince
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
30 g onion, sliced
25 g stilton
300 g new potatoes, hand cut into fries
spray oil
7 g olive oil
salt and pepper


  • Pre-heat your oven to 190°C fan/400°F and line a baking sheet with non stick foil.
  • Hand cut the potatoes into chips/fries and place them into a bowl along with the oil and a little seasoning to taste.
  • After mixing the potatoes to thoroughly coat them with the oil and seasoning, place the chips onto the lined baking sheet and bake them until golden brown.
  • Place your beef mince in a bowl and add the smoked paprika along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Take a few minutes to work the seasoning and spices into the beef mince and pop the bowl in the fridge while you prepare the onion.
  • Take a medium frying pan and pop it onto a medium heat.
  • When the pan is warm, add a couple of spritzes of oil and the onion.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and leave the onion to soften for a few minutes.
  • Give them a mix around the pan and cover them for another 2 minutes before moving the onion to the lined baking sheet and placing in the oven.
  • Take the burger mix out of the fridge and divide the pattie mix into 3 equal sizes portions.
  • Shape the burger patties by hand, making them as thin as possible – this will help them to cook quickly.
  • Using the same pan that you used for the onion, place it back onto a medium heat.
  • Cook the burger patties until almost cooked and remove them from your pan.
  • Stack the burgers on top of each other before placing them onto the lined baking sheet with the chips.  At this stage the chips should be almost ready to come out of the oven.
  • Top the burger stack with your stilton and pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  • When the cheese has melted, carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and start to plate up.
  • Top the burger with the cooked onion and dig in!!!

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure your mince is extra lean, less than 6% of fat per 100g.
  • Burgers are so easy to make, so prepare extra portions and freeze the uncooked patties for another time.
  • Remember, the thicker the burger pattie, the longer they’ll take to cook.
  • A green salad or some steamed greens would be lovely served on the side.
  • Feel free to use the cheese of your choice if you would prefer.

Nella Foulds
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