Pizza bun Umami burger

By Chef Paul Lillakas
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  • 4 (brioche) burger buns, halved
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 680 grams medium ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 1 tablespoon good quality tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Optional toppings

  • Sliced Onion
  • Spring Mix
  • Garlic Mayonnaise


  1. In bowl, combine ground beef, Dijon mustard, anchovy, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix just until combined. Form into four equal patties.
  2. Place patties onto greased grill over medium-high heat. Cook, flipping once, until desired doneness. About ten minutes for well done.
  3. Set oven to broil; arrange rack in middle. On parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange pre-sliced burger buns (tops and bottoms together) a few inches apart. Top each bun with 1/2 tablespoon of tomato sauce and one tablespoon cheddar, pushing fallen cheese toward edges of buns. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, about one to two minutes.
  4. Assemble burgers with desired toppings.


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