Burger Monger Monster

I have a serious obsession with food i can eat with my hands, partly because of my Filipino genes, but mostly because I’m in love with the convenience of it. I get a little frustrated that we do not have the grab and go, pick up food culture in the Philippines. It’s shocking really, since we are king sized fans of multitasking: tweeting while walking, tweeting while driving (bad idea), tweeting while peeing (I’ve seen it done, it’s a skill ), the advent of the multislasher personality – e.g: painter/singer/business woman/fire juggler, in short, we like to do things, whilst doing other things (why didn’t he just say that from the beginning?). So imagine my disappointment when i have a hankering to eat something convenient, while i go through my reports for the day and talking to the phone, something that obviously happens everyday, my only option here is greasy pizza or a sandwich with ridiculously sweet mayonnaise as the main ingredient (why o why). I could go on and on, and i will. I think some of my food posts this year will focus on convenient and to-go recipes and to start it all of i will give you a recipe for the sandwich of reference to crawl to, when one has a whopping insatiable craving, the burger (like my play on words there?).

Burgers have been somewhat of a trend lately, a number of restaurants have cornered the gourmet burger market and are still going strong. If we were to look at the history of this sandwich, we would start with its etymology, hamburger, obviously derives from the town of Hamburg in Germany; we all know Germans love their minced meat and that the steak tartare was already i known delicacy, so when European sailors would arrive at the port of New York (18th century), these nifty american food hawkers would sell them some “Hamburg Steak” to pacify their home-sickness. Like many things though, in no way does its original recipe look like what we eat today, the Americans tinkered with it and it evolved into popular fare all throughout the USA. It started making its rounds in country fairs first, then to little cafes, diners and finally was taken over by White Castle (in the 20’s) – (Yes, this is the same White Castle from Harold and Kumar ). In the 1940’s two brothers, Dic and Mac, thought the idea had more potential and started selling it in their little restaurant called McDonalds, and from there, the world ended….

Once the fast food giants took hold of it, smaller and more specific fast food chains started to specialise in the art of burger making (In-N-Out, TGIF…). After a few a years, restaurateurs, with the rising trend of making simple food amazing, started elevating the burgers  with different recipes and by adding ingredients which were never before seen between two buns. This brings us to today, the burger has gone through so many stages, but how many people actually do it right? Well, i have no idea, i just know that a good burger has to be made only with the best of ingredients: bread that is soft but has a strong texture to hold the sandwich together and not have it drip everywhere, meat that is juicy and stays consistent throughout the cooking process, sauces that complement the overall flavour profile, vegetables that bring added texture and cut the fat from the meat and cheese that doesn’t over power the sandwich.

100% Grass Fed Beef Burger on Whole Wheat Ciabatta with Garlic Aioli and Quick Tomato relish

Serves 3


 For the Garlic Mayonnaise:

–           2 large egg yolks

–           300 ml light olive oil

–           1 tsp lemon juice

–           1 tsp white vinegar

–           1 tsp of Dijon mustard

–           1 or 2 crushed and chopped garlic clove.

  1. Separate your egg yolks from the whites and mix them with everything but the olive oil. Put everything in a processor at low speed and slowly let the olive oil literally drip into the mixture as it slowly becomes more solid. Once the desired mayonnaise consistency is achieved stop the blending and add salt and pepper to taste.

 Tomato onion relish

–           15 cherry tomatoes

–           1-2 big red onion

–           Olive oil

–           1 tablespoon of sugar

–           2 table spoons of tomato sauce

  1. Fry the onions and tomatoes together at medium heat, add sugar and tomato sauce until the whole mixture slowly caramelizes and resembles a sauce, mash it up a little.

 Quick Pickles

–           15 thinly sliced cucumbers

–           1 + 1/2 tablespoon of muscuvado sugar

–           1 teaspoon of salt            

–           1 teaspoon of tarragon vinegar (or vinegar and some tarragon sprigs)

  1. Mix everything together and let sit 10 minutes. Once macerated was the cucumbers in very cold water quickly and then pat dry on a paper towel. Once dry add in remaining ½ tablespoon of sugar, mix until coated and let sit in the fridge.

For the Burger:

–           100% Grass Feb Beef (150-200 grams per person)

–           Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread

–           Micro Arugula to top (3 large pinches)

–           Single Aged Gouda (3 slices – or grated)

  1. Cut the bread in the same size of your patties, lightly brush with butter and toast until warm and not until crunchy.
  2. Work the meat a little and form the parties, you want to make sure that they look consistent and not frail. Smoke the burgers on a grill away from the fire until the colour changes to brown all over, increase your flame and chargrill on each side. Make sure ton only flip the burger once.  Once the colour is a nice dark brown caramel transfer to a 350 deg. Oven until the internal temp of your meat is about 140deg.  In the oven you can add the cheese on top if you want.
  3. Assemble the whole thing in the order you want. Just remember to put 2 tablespoons of each sauce per burger.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! Post some pictures if you’ve made the burger!




    1. Kyle June 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

      i didn’t see garlic in making the garlic mayonnaise. :/
      well, anyway, the dish looks really delicious. might try making this one too.

    1. sergei reyes June 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Love the burger. And I love Cold War Kids’ Mine is Yours. Fine choice! :) I am entertained by your blog. Thank you!

    1. leapinaygypsy June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

      looks like a yummy & easy to do recipe! will definitely try this one of these days. glad that you’re back! :)

    1. Philippe LE SAUX June 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Salut Erwan!
      Chanced upon your blog, and I just bookmarked it. It’s an awesome read and experience. Good job! As a Chef’s son, I’m a total food junkie and I can totally relate to everything your saying! I ain’t formally trained but I spend so much time in the kitchen cooking even for just myself! I’ll send you some of the recipes i make maybe you’ll find way of making em better! haha see ya around! A bientot!

    1. jenina June 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

      omy gulay! you’re back. thanks to jasmine because i always read her blog post and i thought you stopped blogging. i don’t really have a request im just happy your back! HAHA – BOOKMARKED! ps. the burger looks really really good i bet it taste nice too! :)

    1. Karen June 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Where can I find micro-arugula and quality beef?

    1. virg June 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      i’ve been your follower since i saw your vid “canada”.impressed so much by your tips and views. keep it up FATKID! =)

    1. Anton Miranda June 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      The Fat Kid is back! Awesome first video, I like how you jazzed up the usual burger recipe, adding your own twist while keeping all the original ingredients intact. Looking forward to your next post!

    1. ian June 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      This is amazing! Hope you could blog more 30-minute meals for uni people like me. Thanks!

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 8, 2011 at 2:21 am

        I was in uni once and i always made sure i had more than 30 mins to make my meals haha! you can do it! but ya i’ll make some quick to fire meals.

    1. margaux June 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      so glad thefatkidinside is back! will definitely try all the recipes u post here. THANK YOU!

    1. Veronica June 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      hey erwan, is ciabatta the best choice of bread for this? thanks :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 8, 2011 at 2:19 am

        Nope, you can use baguettes and have more of a bhan mi style burger, or you can use bagels, soft burger buns, petit pains, french bread, so many options, as long as the bread isn’t too thick and really serves as a vessel for the meat and doesnt take over the dish.

    1. Bea June 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Some ingredients aren’t available in the market. Can you tell us where we can buy them? Or the alternatives. Your blog is so inspiring!

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 8, 2011 at 2:18 am

        Probably not in super markets, but definietely in farmers markets. they have some scattered all over manila. If not check out

    1. Marie June 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Organic grass-fed beef are the best!!! You can really taste the difference vs grain-fed plus it’s healthier. Love your blog, great job :-)

    1. Jheng June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      yuuuuuuuum. :)

    1. Jayrin June 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      I’d really like to see your take on a Filipino dish! :)

    1. Applereyes June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks that you made a new recipe for burger . I’m gonna try that this weekend since wer having a BBQ ,I’m glad your back post new recipe. Good luck to you .


    1. carmela June 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Ca a l’air trop bien!!! faut qu’on fasse un bbq lunch one of these days k!!! j’adore le nouveau layout aussi. biz

    1. chay June 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      want a recipe for pasta linguni! thanks much=)))
      erwan, you’re one of my most fave chef! =)

    1. nikkimacho June 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      nice, bro with video of burger monster,, look nervous putting up u in cooking video.. cool and keep it up.. i do the same thing with the burger… bro keep rockin serves us cool meal GOD BLESS bro..

    1. Anna Liza June 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Erwan! Glad you’re back on the blogosphere! Its hard to find REAL foodies like you nowadays but now you’re back! Would be following your blog from now on..
      One suggestion though, can you make your vids viewable on mobile? Im using my iphone now and im not able to view the video..
      Thanks! Til your next post! :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 8, 2011 at 2:13 am

        That would be tough because i’d have to really reduce the quality of the video! I’ll have some picture posts as well if ever!

    1. Arte Doris June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I love your blog!!! You should have your own show at the food network.

    1. kel June 8, 2011 at 1:46 am

      only thing i noticed was cross contamination brother :) we learned that in school right? :) you used the same chopping board for your raw meat to your bread to your cheese! haha

      but nonetheless, everything else was good! keep it up

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 8, 2011 at 2:12 am

        I didn’t use it to cut! just to present! Anyways cross contamination usually applies when working with raw items and actually cutting into them, i clean my boards haha!

    1. Mira June 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

      hi erwan , i hope next time you will make a french dish naman since you are french….I would like to know some french dishes. that are easy to prepare.. thanks

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 9, 2011 at 2:03 am

        I love to cook french, but they take much longer to prepare usually and consits of multiple sauces and steps, that may be too complicated to fit in one video.

    1. Cres Abella June 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

      hi erwan, i’d like to ask where in bukidnon is the farm where u got your pork located? and if possible the name of the farm too? thanks!

    1. lhaneii June 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      hi erwan :) can you cook a filipino dish like., sinigang? as well as adobo.. just curious :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 9, 2011 at 2:04 am

        yes i can, i love pinoy food and its really easy to make!

    1. Marven June 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      How about your take on seafood? Perhaps a more fancier way of making Fish and Chips? Or maybe a delicate dish from Japan?

    1. mayerelle June 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Hey Erwan, I wonder if you know how to cook a Wiener Schnitzel. Just curious how a french/filipino, would cook an austrian dish! :)) Hope this site will be updated more often! :D Excited to get hungry!

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 9, 2011 at 2:05 am

        i love me a good Schnitzel, not very healthy though

    1. Brittany June 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

      Awesome! The camera seemed a little awkward without your face shown but final product looks delicious! Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce…can you make it?

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 10, 2011 at 1:51 am

        i think it would be boring if it was my face all the time. it’s about the food!

        1. Brittany June 11, 2011 at 1:02 am

          Trust me, it would not be boring at all! Handsome & talented lad like you….anything but boring!

    1. Mira June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      hi erwan! i find some similarities of you and Jamie Oliver….in terms of the way of cooking and making a recipe simple with few twist here and there. But of course you are more good looking than him hehehe. I will try your burger version tonight.. By the way, keep including anne in your video kahit cameo..shes so cute hehehehe

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

        but he’s a more experienced cook! haha all is fair

    1. Chris June 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Hi there,Got to know about you through Anne curtes as I follow her on twitter. Am sure I can learn alot from u, cooking is my passion as its clearly yours,we love the way you break it down.Keep it up mate!

    1. katrina escobar June 11, 2011 at 1:58 am

      yess!! more posts in your blog!! thanks for the recipe!! will definitely try it! Hmm…I agree with one of the bloggers you should totally to some filipino dishes, but put your own spin on them. Thanks for re-launching and updating your site!! You’re my FOOD HERO. =)

    1. katrina escobar June 11, 2011 at 2:08 am

      PS: I love how you start eating the ingredients…I ALWAYS DO THAT. anyways…yeah thanks for the video! =)

    1. nikki June 11, 2011 at 3:41 am

      Hi! I’d really like to watch you cook some dishes perfect for “baon” for school since it’s back to school time. I’m in college and i’d like to make my own lunch that i could bring to school. and please cook it with anne curtis. :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 11, 2011 at 4:07 am

        a post about baon could be cool. I make my food to go almost everyday for work

        1. nikki June 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

          looking forward. by the way, can you cook some deserts also? like the proached pear solenn tweeted before. the one your mom makes? i saw the dish done in junior masterchef australia and it’ really interesting! Thanks for the reply. Appreciate it a lot. :)

          1. Erwan Heussaff June 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

            i’ll be making something with chocolate very soon!

    1. Eduardo Bermonde June 11, 2011 at 6:06 am

      hi! erwan, this is my first time to visit your blog. nahanap ko to dahil sa kaka follow ng mga link about anne…hehehe well, ang sarap naman ng burger na ginawa mu sa video kaya lang medyo mahina yung sounds nya….
      i shared this link to my friends at work… na tulad mu eh mahilig din magluto..
      pointers lang…after your every dish sana laging may tumitikim o kumakain ng finish product. hehe para walang bias hehehe…
      like ann…
      sana every week may update… more power to your blog…

    1. nikki June 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Ansavehhh ng spelling ko sa dessert? Hahaha. Sorry. It’s not deserts, i meant desserts. :)

    1. Ralph June 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Hey, I’m 16 and I sometimes cook dinner for my family. Apparently, everyone loved this dish! Specially the cherry tomatoes! By the way, what software are you using for your video editing? It’s just awesome!

    1. via June 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

      what local markets would you recommend for getting good organic produce? :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 13, 2011 at 1:40 am

        any really you just have to keep your eye out, salcedo is a sure bet but is quite expensive, i’m pretty sure that there are cheaper ones

    1. anickaestrada June 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      i’m a picky eater and i also don’t like it when they put stuff in the patty– garlic, onions, etc. i like it plain and simple, just like what you did. :D

      1. Erwan Heussaff June 16, 2011 at 1:32 am

        it’s not about being picky or not, the adding of flavouring to a patty will just draw out it’s natural juices, which is something you don’t want! :)

    1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

      I’m loving the quick pickles. Great burger.

    1. Alvin Valeriano June 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      hi, chanced upon your blog while searching for recipes and videos on food… i love cooking as well and am starting my own food album in FB. i find your cooking style and menu really easy to follow, hopefully it’ll taste as good! btw, a series on easy grab ingredients for busy people would be great and/or your unconventional take on traditional pinoy food :)

    1. melissa June 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      I just spent about 30 minutes reading through your blog… so glad you stopped by my blog, so that I could find yours; thanks!! Can’t wait to read more of your recipes, and to try some. They all look and sound delicious!

    1. Bernice Omillo July 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      I love reading your blog, and I love cooking naa!! Waa inspired :) Heyy can I request something, if you let me :)

    1. alvin July 3, 2011 at 1:22 am

      im really having a hard time looking for the big chunk cheeses, parmigiano, pecorino, etc, any recommendations where to buy of find them?

    1. Joshua Relova✔ (@CallMeCoolJosh) August 15, 2011 at 5:22 am

      The BEST! Thanks man!

    1. aubree August 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

      yummy! :)

    1. Maycee April 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Grabe sir! I spent my whole afternoon watching your videos! :) I can’t wait to try any of your recipes :) I’ll do this burger monger monster for my boyfriend. THANK YOUUUU. :) I’m an Entrepreneurship student btw, hahaha. Hello!




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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