We all know the ‘flat as a pancake’ burgers made from a questionable type of beef, with the cold cheese on top, the sad, wilted lettuce and the taste of nothing at all, other than perhaps the ketchup that was smothered on top. In my student days, I associated burgers with hangover prevention at the end of a night out and a possible cure the next day. In later years, when travelling, a burger was seen as a more palatable option for a quick bite at the airport instead of plastic plane food. I’ve never really been that fond of burgers until I tried the EPIC Chris Mc Menamin Burger at Harvey’s Point. Honestly, it’s delicious and incredibly indulgent. The perfect balance of simplicity and layers of flavour. A giant stack of juiciness, accompanied by hand-cut chips, red pepper relish and a little jug of pepper sauce that has the perfect kick and just beckons you to dunk your chips into it. It’s a clean, happy plate, served with a smile by the wonderful team in Harvey’s Bar & Terrace. Did I mention the view? Oh, that’s fab too!
What’s the difference between a boring burger and a brilliant burger?
I asked Head Chef Chris what is his philosophy on creating the perfect burger. He mentioned using prime Irish Hereford Beef, minced in house. To this he adds a mixture of fresh herbs, garlic, tomato sauce, mustard, diced onion and breadcrumbs. Salt and pepper seasoning is crucial. I have a feeling that there is also a ‘secret ingredient’ but I’ll have to try some tactics to get him to reveal what it is. We are family, after all 🙂
Top tips include leaving some fat on the meat before mincing as this keeps the burger moist during cooking and adds more flavour. Don’t compress the meat too much when moulding. I think every burger deserves it’s own shape and personality, which makes it all the more interesting, bite after bite, mouthful after melty mouthful.
The Harvey’s Point burger manages to combine the three key elements of a burger in perfect harmony – prime meat, Donegal Cheddar cheese and a freshly toasted brioche bun. It is a winning combo that makes it one of the tastiest burgers in the country. As National Burger Day approaches, please give your vote to Chris and his amazing team who would love to win the coveted ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ award.