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Cheese burgers with soda bread baps

Serves 6

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Northern Ireland has become a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Students are invited to plan a two course meal for four visitors using local products to enrich the tourists’ experience of Northern Ireland
Cheese burgers with soda bread baps

Declan Spencer

Young Cook Finalist Recipe

  • Mrs Linda Elmore
  • Focus School, Newry Campus
  • Key Stage 3


  • 500g Northern Ireland minced beef
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • Small handful of breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 60g Northern Ireland cheddar cheese
  • Little gem lettuce
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Garlic sauce
  • Soda baps:
  • 120g wholemeal flour
  • 250g strong white flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 350ml Northern Ireland buttermilk
  • 2tbsp oats


  • For the soda baps, pre–heat the oven to 200ºC and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine together flours and bicarbonate of soda and make a well. Mix buttermilk and egg and whisk to combine together. Pour the mix into the well and mix together with a wooden spoon and until you have a dough.
  • Form six palm–sized buns, place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with oats. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the buns are cooking, fry the red onion in a frying pan with a little oil over a medium heat and cook gently for about 8 minutes until soften right down. Set aside to cool completely.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mince, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, egg, breadcrumbs and cooked onion, and season with a little salt and pepper. Form and the meat mix into six burger patties.
  • Place a frying pan over a high heat and add oil. Fry burgers for 4 to 5 minutes each side until they are cooked all the way through. When you turn the burgers on the pan, add a slice of cheese to each one.
  • To serve, split the baps and fill with lettuce leaves, slice tomatoes, the burger and a good dollop of garlic sauce.

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