Tuscan beef mince burgers

Tuscan beef mince burgers

Serves 4 | Preparation time: 10mins | Cooking time: 20mins


600g Tasman beef mince
100g pancetta, rind removed, chopped
⅓ cup (90g) basil pesto
2 small red onions, thickly sliced
2 tbs olive oil
2 small vine ripened tomatoes, thickly sliced
½ cup whole-egg mayonnaise
3-4 bocconcini, sliced
4 Italian bread rolls, split
50g baby rocket leaves
Slice of vintage cheddar cheese



  1. Place beef, pancetta and 2 tablespoons pesto into a processor. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse until just combined (do not overprocess). Form mixture into 4 patties and chill while you cook the vegetables.

  2. Preheat the oven to 160ºC.

  3. Heat a chargrilled pan or barbecue over medium heat. Toss onion in a little oil and grill for 1 minute each side or until just cooked. Place in the oven to keep warm.

  4. Brush the tomatoes with a little oil and season, then grill for 1 minute each side. Place in the oven to keep warm.

  5. Brush both sides of patties with oil. Cook on chargrill for 2-3 minutes each side until cooked through.

  6. Mix remaining pesto with mayonnaise.

  7. Top patties with cheese and place in the oven for 1 minute or until cheese melts.

  8. Spread bread-roll bases with some of the mayonnaise mixture. Top with rocket, patties, onion and tomato. Drizzle with remaining mayonnaise mixture and top with remaining bread-roll halves.
Results may vary.