Often called “Quebec’s answer to Jamie Oliver,” Ricardo has made quite an impact on Canadian audiences with his hit show Ricardo & Friends on Food Network Canada and his book Weekend Cooking.

In his new book, Ricardo: Meals for Every Occasion, he shares his fail-proof meal plans and mouthwatering yet simple recipes, which have helped get him out of many entertaining-related binds.

Whether you’re having the boss over for dinner, hosting the guys on poker night, or making the perfect brunch for overnight guests, Ricardo helps takes the intimidation factor out of entertaining. By grouping the recipes into sections according to the occasion, Ricardo makes sure you have a a choice of sure-fire ways to suit any entertaining need.

Metro nabbed this satisfying burger from Ricardo: Meals for Every Occasion (Whitecap, 2009) to sink your teeth into. Great for the barbecue.

American-Style Double Cheeseburgers


• 3/4 cup (180 ml) mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped onion
• 1 Tbsp (15 ml) store-bought French salad dressing (orange coloured)
• 1 Tbsp (15 ml) sweet relish
• 1 Tbsp (15 ml) finely chopped dill pickle
• 1 tsp (5 ml) brown sugar
• 1 tsp (5 ml) ketchup
• 1 tsp (5 ml) white vinegar
• Salt and pepper

• 4 hamburger buns
• 1 1/2 lb (675 g) lean ground beef
• 4 slices orange processed cheese
• Sliced sandwich pickles
• Chopped iceberg lettuce


In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.

Preheat the barbecue, setting the burners to high.

Using a bread knife, slice the top halves of the hamburger buns in half. Set aside.

Shape the meat into 8 large but very thin patties. Tip: Place the patties between sheets of plastic wrap and flatten by sliding your hand over the top layer.

Grill the patties until well-done, about 3 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper. Place the cheese slices on 4 of the patties for the last minute of cooking. Toast the buns.

Spread sauce on the bun bottoms. Lay 1 plain patty on each bun bottom. Garnish with pickle slices. Cover with the bun middles. Spread with sauce and garnish with lettuce. Top with the remaining patties and the bun tops.