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Irish Blue Cheese Burgers with Soda Bread Baps

June 20

I love that these burgers have a bit of an Irish twist, the homemade soda bread buns are full of flavour and far healthier than those air filled sweet ones you buy in the shops. The blue cheese is a wonderful addition here too and make sure to pick some wonderful Irish blue cheese for your burgers.



  • serves Serves 6
  • time 60 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400°F/Gas Mark 7 and dust a large baking sheet with flour.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the flours and bicarbonate of soda and make a well. Measure the butter milk into a pyrex jug and then crack in the egg, whisk to combine.
  3. 3. Pour the mix into the well and then using a wooden spoon, bring the mix together with the dry ingredients until you have a dough. Form six little palm sized buns and place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with rolled oats. Transfer to the oven for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and set on a wire wrack to cool completely.
  4. 4. For the burgers, fry the red onion in a frying pan with a little oil over a high heat to start and then lower it once it gets a little colour and then cook gently for about 8 minutes until softened right down. Set aside to cool completely.
  5. 5. Combine in a large mixing bowl the beef, mustard, worcestershire sauce, egg, breadcrumbs, cooled onions and season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Form the meat mixture into 6 burger patties and place on a plate, cover with cling film and set aside in the fridge until you are ready to fry them.

  6. 6. To cook the burgers, place a large frying pan over high heat and add a little oil. Fry the burgers for 4-5 minutes either side until they are cooked all the way through. When you turn the burgers on the pan, add a slice of blue cheese to each one.
  7. 7. To serve, split the soda bread baps and fill with baby gem lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, the burgers and a good dollop of ketchup!

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For the burgers:

1 tbsp of rapeseed oil

2 red onions, finely chopped

500g of Irish beef mince

1 heaped tsp of Dijon

1 tbsp of worcestershire sauce

1 large free range egg

A small handful of dry breadcrumbs

Sea salt and ground black pepper

60g of Cashel, Bellingham or Boyne Valley Blue Cheese

2 baby gem lettuce, broken into leaves

2 large tomatoes, in slices

For the soda bread baps:

200g of wholemeal flour

250g strong white flour

1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

1 large free range egg

350ml buttermilk

2 tbsp of rolled oats


You'll Need

Baking sheet

Large mixing bowl x 2

Pyrex measuring jug

Frying pan (or bbq)