Watch: The burger that ate my college pocket cash

Watch: The burger that ate my school pocket money
Watch: The best way to make a budget-friendly burger
Video Credit score: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf Information

When in class, lunch break or ‘break time’ was the one a part of the day us 15-year-olds appeared ahead to, particularly the rooster burger served within the canteen. The second the clock struck 10:15am, we’d all scramble out of our chairs and rush two flooring down – skipping each alternate step to go sooner – and push our approach by means of the group to get the primary order.

These had been the times of true battle. We might scream, shove and even step on others’ foots simply because all of us needed to eat the burger earlier than it ran out. It was somewhat barbaric, however it was value it. You see, there was nothing particular about this so-called burger – it’s not as if it was a connoisseur burger, and even those you get at a quick meals franchise. It was additionally no totally different from the burgers served in cafeterias. Nonetheless, the chase made it enjoyable. Furthermore, there have been no greens and all of it price simply Dh6.

The bun was sliced and calmly toasted with butter. Mayonnaise got here subsequent, evenly unfold on each slices, after which lettuce, ketchup and two deep fried, skinny burger patties had been positioned in between. In case you needed it somewhat particular, it might price you an additional 50fils or a dirham. The specialty you marvel? A slice of cheese.

After graduating from college, I learnt that the burger they served was one thing that might be made at house. The components had been all store-bought merchandise. Due to this fact, I began making it myself.

All you want is a handful of components and buddies to share it.

Right here is make a faculty canteen burger:

Buns: It might price you about Dh3 for a pack of six. I used Brioche buns.

Rooster burger patties: Normally round Dh22 for a household pack, which comes with 28 items. Nonetheless, you should buy a smaller pack for Dh15, which has 12 items.

Ketchup: Ought to price you about Dh8.40 for a small bottle. Alternatively, if you’re like me, you should use the little ketchup packets that I save each time I purchase quick meals. Why waste, when you should use once more?

Mayonnaise: This price me round Dh8.45 for recognized model that I just like the style of. You’ll be able to at all times make it at house, too.

Cheese slices: Will price you about Dh8 and has 10 slices in every pack.

Lettuce: For this, I purchased the Romaine lettuce, which can price you about Dh7 per kilogram.

All you want…are a handful of components and buddies to share it with
Picture Credit score: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf Information

Preparation time: 5 minutes


1 burger bun or brioche bun, sliced

2 store-bought burger patties, deep-fried

1 lettuce leaf (you’ll be able to both shred it or go away or not it’s, as per your desire)


1. Slice the burger bun within the center.

2. On a pan, add 1 tsp of butter. As soon as it begins to foam, place the sliced buns on the butter and calmly toast it till golden brown and crispy.

3. As soon as completed, fry your patties. You may also grill them or pan-fry them, based mostly in your desire.

4. Subsequent, unfold mayonnaise evenly on each the bun slices adopted by ketchup onto the burger patties.

5. To plate, stack the patty on prime of the sliced bun. You’ll be able to start with any slice (lid or base), however make sure the ketchup-covered patty and the mayonnaise-covered slice are sandwiched collectively. Do the identical for the opposite slice.

6. Subsequent add a slice of cheese, and prime it with lettuce.

7. Carry collectively the perimeters and you’ve got your self a really scrumptious burger.

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