The Hemingway Burger

I’m a big fan of short stories, and one of my favourite authors is Ernest Hemingway.  Not long ago I found a link to another piece of Hemingway writing – his favorite burger recipe.

So Paul and I did the only thing that made sense – we cooked it and washed it down with beer.  This turned out to be easier said than done and the task of collecting the spice mix involved research, substitution and a couple of trips to the shops.

I read that Hemingway enjoyed the burger with a simple topping of grated cheese. I’m not a fan of plain burgers, and so we topped ours with a hop+cheese sauce and red onion.

My verdict:  The burger is packed full of flavors and very salt heavy – perfect with beer.  I think the shear number of ingredients overwhelmed the beef flavor. Overall it was super tasty, but I prefer a less complicated beef patty and unless I was cooking for a Cuba themed bbq, this particular recipe won’t be my go to burger.


450g. Ground Beef

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 Green Onions, finely chopped

1 heaping teaspoon Pickle Relish

2 tablespoons, Capers

1 heaping teaspoon Beau Monde Seasoning – Can’t buy in Australia so try using celery salt

 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Mei Yen Powder – Fancy branding for a salt, MSG and sugar mix

1/2 teaspoon Salt and Pepper

1 egg, beaten in a cup with a fork

1/3 cup White Wine

1 tablespoon vegetable oil