Pork belly gives this amazing burger extra flavour, and it keeps the patty beautifully moist as it cooks.


  • 650g beef chuck steak, coarsely chopped
  • 100g skinless pork belly, coarsely chopped
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Few drops of Tabasco sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to brush
  • Handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 bread rolls, split, chargrilled
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) barbecue sauce
  • 1 brown onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • Vegetable oil, to deep-fry


  1. Place the beef and pork belly in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly until just minced. Transfer to a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and Tabasco. Season. Use your hands to mix until combined and slightly sticky. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Divide into 4 portions and shape into patties.
  2. Meanwhile, for the crispy onion rings, place the onion in a bowl. Pour over the milk. Set aside for 30 minutes to soak. Place flour in a bowl. Season well. Add enough oil to a large saucepan to reach 5cm up the side. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat to 180C on a cook's thermometer. Drain the onion rings and toss in flour. Deep-fry, in batches, for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel.
  3. Preheat a barbecue flatplate on medium-high. Brush the patties lightly with olive oil. Cook patties for 4 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Divide spinach, tomato and patties among roll bases. Top with sauce, onion rings and roll tops.