Best-Ever Burger with Pancetta, Avocado & Blue Cheese Butter

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Prep time
10 mins
Cooking time
5 mins

How the humble burger has grown-up, so discount it at your peril. Food snobs may try to decry, but I think a properly made and barbecued burger, with proper add-ons is just about unbeatable, and the only way to eat it is rare, in a bun, using your hands!


  • 500g best fillet steak, minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped/deseeded
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp’s rainbow peppercorn, crushed
  • 8 rashers pancetta
  • 1 Avocado, peeled, de-stoned and sliced
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 75g blue cheese
  • 4 sesame buns


  1. Soften butter and mix with blue cheese, form into roll and chill.
  2. Mix steak mince, onion, chilli, salt & peppercorn and form into four patties.
  3. Sear patties on both sides on high then grill 3-5 minutes per side on medium heat.
  4. Grill pancetta rashers on foil tray on high heat.
  5. Halve buns and lightly brush cut half with olive oil then warm through on medium heat.
  6. Place slices of avocado on the pancetta rashers and allow to warm through.
  7. Slice blue cheese butter roll and place one slice on each bun base, then build with patty, another slice of butter, pancetta and avocado – serve immediately to rapturous applause!

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