I believe a Dagwood burger is the ultimate burger. So I made these Ultimate Dagwood burgers to celebrate the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament. In South Africa, World cup Rugby means braai’s (cookouts) and lots of socializing while cheering on the Springboks. South Africans love to get together and watch a Rugby game. South Africans also really love their meat. If you need to feed crowd why not consider making this home-made Dagwood burgers. They are very satisfying and you will not need much extra side dishes. Just add some beers and drinks, biltong and you are well on your way to a party.
I usually make my own patties. That way I know what went into them and I can make sure we dodge preservatives and other nasty ingredients. There are so many options that you can flavor your patties with. My favorite ingredients are fresh parsley and onion. I never make my patties without those two. Then I also add an egg to bind the mixture and to keep it juicy. Even though I add some salt and pepper to my mixture, I sprinkle some more on when flipping the patties. You can cook the patties on a grid or in a pan with a little olive oil.
These ultimate Dagwood burgers will go well with beers or gin and tonic. Also don’t forget your favorite hot sauce. My husband loves Rooibaard Sauce that tastes great with these burgers.
How you cook your eggs is up to you. I prefer mine still slightly runny, making the burgers even more saucy. I also like a matured cheddar cheese but some people prefer the processed slices that melts very easily on the hot patty. As there is no hard and fast recipe on how to build a Dagwood burger you can really add your favorite ingredients. Why not add pineapple, caramelized onions, pickled cucumbers or even jalapeno chilies.
Add mince, parsley, onion, salt, pepper and coriander to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide the mince mixture into 8 even sized balls. Press slightly flat with the palm of your hand to form patties.
Rest the patties in the refrigerator for 1/2 an hour.
After 1/2 an hour remove the patties from the refrigerator and add a little olive oil to a heated skillet. Fry the patties for one minute on a side, flipping them over 3 times. When done remove the skillet from the heat and the patties from the skillet.
Heat some oil in the skillet and fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from heat
In another frying pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil and fry the eggs until the white is cooked but the yellow is still slightly runny.
Lastly assemble burgers by placing all of the ingredients on a toasted burger bun.