Cheesy rarebit topped Glamorgan burgers

Cheesy rarebit topped Glamorgan burgers

Considering I’m half Welsh, I don’t share numerous Welsh-inspired recipes here. I thought it was time for that to alter, because Wales is responsible for some incredible dishes– primarily great tacky ones! These cheesy Glamorgan hamburgers are a bit more labour-intensive than my normal 15 minute suppers (I swear there are fewer hours in the day than there were a few years ago?), however they were certainly worth the effort.

If you’re not knowledgeable about Welsh food, the title of this dish probably will not make a substantial amount of sense to you. They’re truly a mish mash of two different Welsh dishes:

— Welsh rarebit– a gooey cheese sauce put over crispy bread (essentially fancy cheese on toast).


— Glamorgan sausages– tacky vegetarian sausages made with Wales’ national symbol, the leek!

I chose to make Glamorgan hamburgers rather of Glamorgan sausages, just for a little a change, therefore I had an excuse to dress them up with salad, a bun, and– the pièce de résistance– the tacky rarebit topping.

Okay, let’s begin with the Glamorgan hamburgers themselves. I included a tin of chickpeas to the dish, which wouldn’t generally be found in Glamorgan sausages, simply to add some protein and make them feel a bit more like an appropriate meal (I’m all for my meals being 90% cheese, but I do feel I should try to be a bit of a grown up sometimes too).

( The eagle-eyed among you may discover that I started with 4 hamburgers in the pan, and ended up with just three. I didn’t eat a whole one while I was cooking– although it’s always tempting– but in the end I spread them out over two pans to give them a bit more space)

The Glamorgan burgers are remarkable in their own right, so if you can’t be bothered faffing about with the cheesy rarebit sauce, you’ll still have a fantastic dinner. However if you do have the time, everything is undoubtedly better when topped with cheese that’s both gooey and crispy at the exact same time.

I am literally in paradise with these.

Stick them in a bun with some lettuce and sliced tomatoes (there I go being a grown up again), and these rarebit topped Glamorgan hamburgers are quite unique.

Now I’m questioning what else I can top with rarebit … any concepts?

Cheesy rarebit topped Glamorgan burgers

Influenced by two traditional Welsh dishes, these cheese and leek veggie burgers are topped with a gooey, tacky rarebit sauce.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Servings: 5 burgers

For the Glamorgan hamburgers:

  • 2 tbsp oil, divided
  • 1 big leek( or 2 little), halved lengthwise then sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 400 g tin chickpeas, drained (240 g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, when drained pipes)
  • 40 g bread( ~ 1 medium slice) – I used wholemeal
  • Little handful fresh parsley
  • 130 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 1/3 cups when grated)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the rarebit topping:

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 80 ml( ~ 1/3 cup) milk
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 50 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1/2 cup when grated)

To serve:

  • Hamburger buns, lettuce, chopped tomato, and so on
  • Kind the mixture into thick hamburger shapes – I ended up with 5 Glamorgan hamburgers, however you could make 4 or 6 if you adjust their size.

  • Include a couple of spoonfuls of the rarebit sauce to the top of each hamburger, and location under a hot grill (broiler) for a minute or so, to brown the cheese.

  • Serve the rarebit topped Glamorgan hamburgers in buns with salad.

    Do not hesitate to skip the rarebit topping if you do not have time – it’s fantastic, but the Glamorgan burgers are great by themselves too.

    Course: Main meals

    Cuisine: Welsh

  • Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on precisely what active ingredients you pick. Info above is for 1/5 of the dish, not consisting of bun or salad.

    If you elegant attempting rarebit in an even more uncommon way, try my beery Welsh rarebit lasagne!

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