'A Royal with Cheese' has become one of the most famous lines from Pulp Fiction, and has inspired Rachel's dish today.


Makes 4

  • 10g butter
  • 75g onion, finely chopped
  • 450g minced beef
  • Half tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • A handful of breadcrumbs, to bind the mixture
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To serve:

  • Burger buns
  • Gherkins
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ballymaloe country relish
  • Slices of gruyere cheese
  • Lettuce leaves


  1. Place the butter a saucepan and melt over a medium-low heat, add the onion and cook for 6-8 minutes until the onion is soft a pale gold colour. Take off the heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile mix the mince, the herbs, the egg and the breadcrumbs and season. Add the cooled onions and mix together thoroughly. If you wish you can fry a tiny amount of the mixture and taste for seasoning.
  3. Next use your hands to shape the mixture into hamburger patties about 1-2cm thick.
  4. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil.
  5. Fry the burgers for 4-7 minutes on each side depending on the thickness and how well done you like your burger.
  6. Serve on burger buns with mayonnaise, Ballymaloe country relish, lettuce, onion and gherkins.
  7. To add cheese, place the cheese on the burger then pop under the grill until almost melted.