Bacon Mushroom Melt

I guess everybody knows what a burger is as everywhere you go you can see the ever famous McDonalds, it is sometimes even used as an economic gauge specially for tourists where they research online and check how much a big mac could cost on the visiting country and compare it to the home country.


So where did the hamburger originated? Did it really come from Hamburg, Germany? There are several accounts on the invention of hamburger and the earliest one was in the beginning of 15th century where minced beef was a valued delicacy in Europe, it was initially made into sausages in many regions of Europe specially Germany. There were no accounts during that time that it was made in flat circular shapes that resemble patties until the late 18th century where German sailors who had visited the port of New York brought this food called “Hamburg steak”, it was a popular food item in New York Ports that time which is specifically targeting German Sailor’s as it was advertised as a steak cooked in the Hamburg style. It was made out of a hard slab of salted minced beef which is mixed with onions and bread crumbs. This had spread out to the outskirts of Hamburg and become popular with the Germans. It was so popular even German immigrants in the United States brought with them this Hamburg steak.  In the late 19th century, the Hamburg steak became really popular on the menus of many restaurants in the ports of New York then the rest is history.

For this recipe I will make one of my favourite burger variants the Bacon Mushroom Melt which can be found on Wendy’s menu.

Ingredients (Mushroom Melt)


600 ml of milk
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup plain flour
50 g of butter
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt
pepper

Ingredients (Burger)

800g beef mince (25% fat)
16 strips of bacon
mayonnaise
4 burger buns
4 cheese slices
mushroom melt
salt
pepper

Method (Mushroom Melt)


  1. In a sauce pan heat up butter then add flour, cook in low heat until it forms a roux.
  2. Add milk and whisk to make an even mixture.
  3. Add cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and cayenne and mix until you get a smooth texture.
  4. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and simmer in low heat for 5 minutes.

Method (Burger)

  1. Season beef mince with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 balls and shape into patties. Pan grill or barbecue each patty and cook to your liking, I recommend until medium rare as it will still cook through once you rest the burger patty.
  2. Pan fry bacon rashers until crispy.
  3. Now add a spoonful of mayonnaise in one slice of bun, and then start placing bacon then the patty, then the cheese and a heaping spoonful of the mushroom melt.
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13 Responses

  1. I think the Americans will dispute with your facts but we can’t change history:) There is a restaurant in the US (can’t remember name) which claims to have invented the burger. Meat patties are popular in Europe and many countries though its not called hamburger. I am convinced it was invented perhaps in Europe but under a different name

  2. Your bacon mushroom melt burger looks perfect.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Judy says:

    Bacon, mushrooms, ciabatta, I’m in, no matter what you call it 😉 Great photo, make the mouth water!

  4. crustabakes says:

    I totally understand on the tourists’ “economic gauge”! I do that all the time too when i visit other countries LOL. This burger looks so delicious! I have some mushrooms waiting to be used. I think i will try the mushroom smelt first!

  5. Mary says:

    I would love to have one of these. It looks fabulous. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Oh wow, this bacon mushroom melt looks absolutely delicious and decadent. Oh I love a good sandwich.

  7. Gary says:

    @ three-cookies: when I was living/teaching in the Former Soviet Union a popular Russian dish they served would be a ground beef paty with a fried egg on top… i believe they were eating this for centuries well before the Europeans (Germans included) imported much of their cuisine. HOWEVER, as much as they would try to put this same patty on bread, bun etc. and call it a hamburger it could never be what we call a hamburger by our standard. Therefore, I believe the inventors of the hamburger has to be without a doubt the United States of America because it is here and only here that the Hamburger bun was created and the patty was assembled onto this invention.
    BTW: Nice pic.

  8. That is indeed a burger! Will definitely be trying your recipe. We like grilling our burgers on our outdoor grill which makes them taste extra-special. We like ciabatta bread as well, very tasty and good for sandwiches.
    Your visual is very appetizing…

  9. This is a very mouth watering picture. It will really make a great burger.I will try this soon.

  10. Crispy fried bacon in the burger is yummy but I don’t have a chance to have it at home as my hubby does not eat this and I don’t cook to respect his feelings, only have it outside if have a chance.

  11. saminacooks says:

    OMG YUM, this is my husband’s favorite!

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