Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Summer barbecue burgers recipe

These tasty burgers are very simple, very delicious and an easy way to entertain a big group of kids and adults if friends stop by.



  • 450 g beef topside (minced)
  • 4 slice gouda cheese
  • 4 crusty bread roll
  • 1 cos lettuce (washed, shredded)
  • 100 g cornichons (halved lengthways)

Pink sauce

  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


Using your hands, season the mince in a large bowl and gently form into patties, about 2cm thick and 6cm in diameter. Be gentle and don’t ‘work’ the mince too much, as this can make the patties tough.

Heat the barbecue to high. Cook patties for 2 minutes on one side then turn over and place a slice of cheese on each pattie and cook for another 2 minutes. Meanwhile, place the bread roll halves on the other side of the barbecue plate to toast up a little.

Make the pink sauce. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, stir to combine and season to taste.

When ready to serve, put all of the fillings out for your guests to build their own burgers or do it for them; place some lettuce on each half bread roll, top with a pattie, a few cornichon halves and a dollop of pink sauce. Close with the bread roll lids and hand around lots of napkins.


  • Use lamb mince if you prefer and add some chopped rosemary and mint to the meat mix.
  • If you can't get Gouda cheese, just use any hard, mild cheese.
  • Serve with sweet potato chips, if liked.
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    • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.