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A very Canadian burger with melted leeks, cheddar and bacon

Celebrate summer with this deliciously Canadian burger made with ground beef, melted leeks, Canadian cheddar and bacon on a soft Brioche bun. 




  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 leeks, dark green part removed, sliced into 1" rounds and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Mustard Sauce

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli crisps
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons water


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • Kosher salt, to season
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices Canadian cheddar
  • 8 slices bacon, crisped
  • 4 brioche buns, toasted



  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat, then add the oil and leeks. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about five minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 15 minutes when the leeks are meltingly soft and aromatic.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup. Set aside.

Mustard Sauce

  1. Add tahini, grainy mustard, yellow mustard, maple syrup, lime juice, chilli crisps, black pepper and water to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add a touch more water if you like your sauce a bit thinner.


  1. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and shape them into patties. Season generously with salt.
  2. Heat half the oil in a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Cook two patties on one side for about five to six minutes, flip, and place a slice of cheese onto the cooked side. Cover, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook until the cheese melts about two minutes. Add the last tablespoon of oil and repeat with the remaining patties.
  3. To assemble, slather a generous amount of the mustard sauce on the bottom bun, followed by a cheesy patty, a few slices of bacon and some melted leeks. TIP: For a saucier burger, add some more sauce to the top bun before you finish. Finish with the top bun, and enjoy!


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