The best burger recipe, as eaten by the Agnew family

When the challenge was set to find the best burger recipe I only had to think of my father's favourite meal and my mother's recipe and I was right there, transported back to the best barbecue day of each year, my father's birthday. Every year as I was growing up my mum would make us the best burgers imaginable on 3 August. Combined with salads and sauces and Pimms (when we were old enough) it was my foodie family's idea of heaven.


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Back to the present and I found myself at a Brighton barbecue for #NationalBurgerDay #MeatUp #ASDA. Enticed by chef prepared burgers and a secret location, I was in.


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Joining the best of the Brighton Blogger community we yellow-bused it to a Woodingdean AirBnB where the fab live band, SO trio set the mood with some Jazz as cocktails were offered around. Nice.


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The burgers started sizzling and I soon got involved with a vintage cheese, bacon burger and coleslaw. Just delicious. While my co-Blogger / Vlogger AineBeauty got stuck in to a mushroom, halloumi and aubergine combination.

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Keen to try as much as we could we then shared the barbecued seabass and some halloumi, which had a really great after-kick to it.


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Feeling full I almost (only half-heartedly) said no to the pud until Aine told me I had to try it. Eton Mess. What can I say? Of course I had to try it. So good!

But hey, didn't I mention I'd divulge the ingredients for the best burger recipe at the top of this blog post? Yeah, sure I did, so here it is.


Combine the following in this order to make eight or nine burgers:


1 kg or (2 lbs in my Mum's speak) Butcher’s Selection Extra Lean Beef Mince
1 large white onion, finely chopped
150g fresh breadcrumbs
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp English mustard
2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
Season with black pepper
1 large egg (free range)
1 handful chopped flat-leaf parsley or coriander


Can I just add when I first typed out this recipe it was just for four burgers but when I called Jude to verify the quantities before publishing Mum changed it up to make 8 burgers, with the words, "who makes only four burgers". So there you have it a fully verfied Agnew recipe for the best burger.

Check out Aine's video to see more of the #NationalBurgerDay #MeatUp #ASDA




With thanks to Asda for hosting a lovely evening. Click here to find out more about Asda BBQ and burgers range.

If you try this recipe please let me know.

Fun fine dining for music lovers in Kooks, the North Laine's boho bistro

Feed me shots of Toblerone and play me tunes that I love such as Alt-J and I'll keep coming back for more.

That's how I felt after a night of fabulous food artfully presented and normally to be found in the kind of establishment that uses white tablecloths as a mark of fine dining.

Kooks restaurant, Brighton photo by modernbricabrac

Inside, Kooks, the restaurant steers clear of such markers and instead makes a very different type of statement. This time about another great passion of mine (and many others), dance music.

Top place for breakfast and brunch at Bill's in Brighton

This place is so well known in Brighton as the go-to place for breakfast and brunch that I've never written about it.

So look away now if you feel I'm being a bit retro with today's food offering.

However, if you are new to Brighton or Bill's, (they've now got more than 60 restaurants across Great Britain to try out), then this might highlight a place worth visiting.

Breakfast fry up at Bill's Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

Going to Bill's is part experience dining as well as part delicious food, the interior is full of colourful produce to purchase, chalk boards of information, crammed with tables and normally of people too. All of this adds to the enjoyment of eating there.

Edendum - eating in Brighton

Exciting foodie news, in just a few days time, 5th August, a new Italian restaurant, cafe and shop will be opening on the famous East Street (the street where the fight scene from Quadrophenia took place).

Already a popular spot for successful restaurants, East Street is home to both the award winning Indian Summer and Terre a Terre.

Edendum joins these foodie favourites to offer us Brits some unfamiliar, yet truly traditional Italian dishes to discover.

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

Rick Stein's Padstow and a day of sea bass

I knew Rick Stein had a restaurant in Padstow, I also knew when in Cornwall I had to try it out. What I didn't know was that he also has another restaurant, patisserie, gift shop, cookery school as well as accommodation in the pretty town of Padstow. Let's just say, if Padstow had a President I reckon Rick Stein would have a good chance of being elected.

Padstow photo by modernbricabrac

Padstow is beautiful. Ancient buildings congregate around the picturesque harbour and climb the hill in winding narrow streets that date back to the Middle Ages when the town was a busy trading port.

Stay in a castle in Cornwall - Tregenna Castle, St Ives

If like me you dream of a summer holiday by the sea, in a castle with spa facilities, then I've found the place for you.

Possibly a little bit more niche is my love of everything eighteenth century, yet on this front it ticked that box too.

Tregenna Castle, St Ives, Cornwall photo by modernbricabrac


Designer outlet hub in Hackney and checking out the FIX taster menu

Hackney is transforming. A new fashion hub has started to emerge where you can buy designer brands at huge discounts.

Anya Hindmarsh handbags, designer outlet, Hackney, London


Actually, this wasn't why I had jumped on the no 38 from Piccadilly to Hackney Central, but as I passed by and saw the name Anya Hindmarsh over the door and rows of beautiful looking bags inside, I had to go in. A sign on the table read 70% discounts. Nice, but I still couldn't buy a bag, so I asked if I could take a picture instead.

Next door were two more high-end stores, Pringle (think autumn cashmere) and Aquascutum (classic macs), you could literally smash a grand right there. Anyway, I didn't, I had come to see Anna and James' new restaurant FIX that had just opened around the corner and I was excited.