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Cheeseburgers With DIY Barbecue Sauce

It’s hard to imagine summer without the lingering, smoky scent of a barbecue on a sunny day.

Unfortunately, none of us at GEM or One Yummy Mummy can guarantee al fresco weather. But we can guarantee a lip-licking tangy BBQ sauce to go with this scrumptious oven-cooked burger. Made with GEM muscovado sugar, it’s sure to beat the shop-bought versions, hands down.

To try it yourself, join us on Zoom at 5 pm on Tuesday 27th June for a Kids in the Kitchen Cheeseburger Party.
What better way to celebrate the end of school? As always, you can look forward to an exciting mix of games and spot prizes, with lots of fun and banter as you show off your creations.

This dish is fantastically simple and so much more satisfying than a burger from the freezer or takeaway.

See you there!
Jolene and Lils

Cheeseburgers With DIY Barbecue Sauce

Our Cheeseburgers With DIY Barbecue Sauce are fantastically simple and so much more satisfying than a burger from the freezer or takeaway.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 4


  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 Baking tray
  • 1 wooden spoon


For the beef burgers

  • 800 g Beef Mince 10% Fat
  • A splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to season

For the barbecue sauce

  • 1 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 200 g Passata
  • 80 g GEM dark muscovado sugar
  • A shake Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Season with a little salt and pepper

To serve

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices smoked or plain cheese
  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan/gas mark 4.
  • Add the beef mince, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce to the bowl. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to season.
  • Get your (clean!) hands into the bowl and give everything a good mix.
  • Decide whether you want to make 4 larger or 8 smaller burgers. If you choose 4, you will just be including 1 burger in a bun. If you choose 8, you could include 2 in each bun to build a double cheeseburger.
  • Once you’ve decided, divide the meat mixture into 4 or 8. Roll each section into a ball.
  • On the baking tray, flatten the burgers down into patties and Place the baking tray on the middle shelf of the oven.
  • Cook for 25 minutes, flipping the burgers after 10 minutes.
  • While the burgers are cooking, make your BBQ sauce by adding all the ingredients to a small saucepan.
    Mix well, then allow the sauce to simmer on a low heat, stirring regularly.
  • Wash the lettuce and Tear off as many lettuce leaves as you need.
  • 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the burger buns to the oven to toast. Place a slice of cheese on each of the burgers (or on 4 of them if you are cooking 8).
  • When the melty, cheesy burgers are cooked, dress them in a toasted bun on a bed of lettuce and tomato. Drizzle with your delicious barbecue sauce and enjoy!


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