Burgathon edition #3 The maple steak burger

This week brings a whole different kind of animal to the burgathon table to finish the series. It brings together two sides of the spectrum and mashes them together to create something so moreish, I struggle to not eat it every day. This is easily my favourite burger so far. The Maple bagel burger is a congregation of sweet and savoury flavours joining forces to excite the taste buds and whip your senses into frenzy.

This one is inspired, just like the mardi gras burger, by the cultural melting pot that is the USA. The blend of flavours and culinary diversity that comes together to create some truly unique food. The soft bagel, the sweet, warm, spiced burger and the mellow, mustardy undertones of the dressing complete the package and create something truly fantastic.


So to get us started youll need:

For the burger

600g lean steak mince
3 tablespoons maple syrup
large pinch cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon mild chili flakes
pinch fine sea salt
4 fresh white bagels
8 slices pastrami
8 slices good Swiss cheese
chopped salad leaves of your choice, sliced tomato and a splash of olive oil.

For the dressing

1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon good quality mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1 teaspoon English mustard
pinch white pepper.


  1. Combine the mince, chili flakes, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a bowl. With clean hands mix well until all seasoning and the maple syrup is evenly distributed.
  2. split into 4 evenly sized balls and pat down into discs around an inch thick.
  3. Cover and leave in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to firm up.
  4. preheat a griddle pan on a medium heat and add a little oil to each side of the burgers.
  5. Add the burgers to the griddle 2 at a time and cook for 7 minutes on each side. Preheat your grill on high.
  6. Grill the bagels on both sides until they start to brown.
  7. cut up 2 pieces of pastrami per burger, top with a few pieces of cheese and slide under the grill for a few minutes. then remove and rest for a few moments.
  8. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together and add it right the way around the base of the bagels, followed by the salad, the burger with the pastrami and now soft Swiss cheese, capped off with the top half of the bagel and press down a little to push it all together.
  9. Then enjoy it! it really is a show stopper!

that completes my trio of simple but effective burger recipes for you to try, I hope you enjoyed them! Keep your eyes peeled for new burger recipes and more on food gecko!



Easy peasy pasta sauce


Sometimes doing it yourself when it comes to sauces just doesn’t sound as attractive as buying it off the shelf, popping the lid off and dumping it in your pasta. Once you have tried this recipe I hope you will totally change your mind. Its very simple and that is the vital thing when it comes to this, simplicity. Trust me.

This is enough for 1-2 people or 1 large pasta dish but feel free to double up, transfer it into a jar, store it in the fridge and use it when you need it.

This works out at approximately 450 calories per standard batch, Luckily you should only need a few spoonfulls to toss through a 150g serving of your chosen pasta. (Im partial to a nice al dente linguine)

what you’ll need:

2 cans tinned tomatoes

1 bunch fresh basil

2 tablespoons of dried oregano

1 teaspoon Powdered garlic

3 tablespoons Olive oil

dash of salt and pepper

add the tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt and pepper and put onto a medium heat.

Chop the basil roughly and when the sauce just starts to get to temperature add the basil and the oregano and simmer for 15 minutes. stirring every now and then.

Turn the heat up slightly and reduce the sauce until its doubled in thickness. (Reducing is thickening and concentrating a sauce by bringing it to the boil. Moisture evaporates and the sauce reduces mass while the flavour becomes more intense. The longer it boils, the thicker it gets)

And your done. Within around 30 minutes. And you can keep that in your fridge and adapt it however you want, add chillies (my favourite) or anything you like…but this basis is fool proof!