Matt’s BBQ Burger

Matt's Burger, Mateus Bistro

Feel it hot hot hot! Summer is all about grilling and if burgers are your go-to BBQ meal, try your hand at this recipe from Mateus Bistro chef/owner Matt Krizan.

Chef Tip: For the ultimate result, it’s best to use a charcoal BBQ and making sure you use the lump hardwood charcoal as opposed to the brickets.  This will give you a great smokey flavor.


 2 lb medium ground beef
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tblsp Dijon mustard

Pickled Onion

1 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tblsp sugar
pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 bay leaf


  1. Place all burger ingredients into a bowl and mix well with your hands until all the mustard, onions, and peppers are mixed very well.  Divide into 6 equal portions and make into patties.
  2. Have the grill on high, BBQ patties for approximately 3 minutes on each side and then turn heat down to medium for another 4-5 minutes.  If you grind the meat yourself, best results would be to cook to a medium consistency.
  3. Pickled Onion: Place red wine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, pepper and bay leaf in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, pour over the sliced onion and let cool.  This can be done a day in advance if you like.  If you don’t use them all, you can keep in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to a week and use as a condiment for other dishes.
  4. Choose your favorite bun type, slightly grill them to get a nice toasting affect and dress as you like it, topping it all off with the pickled onions.

Serves 6

Recipe provided by: Chef Matt Krizan, Mateus Bistro

Source Guide:
*Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit FarmsMasstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

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