The Rib Tickler

If there’s one thing I love more than a really good burger, it’s a really good burger I don’t have to leave the house for!

When I popped one little picture of this badboy on Instagram last week everyone wanted the recipe, so I thought I’d better share.

First though, how about a closer look at this towering hunk of a feast?

Yep, that’s a double cheeseburger topped with slow-cooked spicy ribs with homemade burger sauce.

Isn’t it a beauty?!

You’re probably going to want to make this on a weekend because the ribs take a few hours. They don’t need much attention, just time.

So, to make 2 Rib Ticklers you’ll need:

About 6 spare ribs (these are really cheap and often sold loose at the meat counter)

Can of Coke

BBQ sauce

Hot sauce

2 burger buns

4 good quality beef patties (ask your butcher for these)

4 slices of mature cheddar

Big, strong lettuce leaves



Pickles & pickle juice

When you wake up, put your ribs on to cook. Lay them flat in a slow cooker set to “high”. Pour over a little more than half a can of coke, 3-4 tablespoons of your favourite BBQ sauce, a few splashes of hot sauce and a sprinkle of salt n pepper. Cover them up and leave them cooking away for at least 4 hours.

By the time you come back to them the meat should be falling off the bone when poked. Take the lid off and leave to cook away for about 15mins. Finally, use a couple of forks (and maybe some rubber gloves) to remove all the meat from the bones and get rid of them. Leave the shredded meat cooking away in the sauce while you cook your burgers.

Sprinkle your patties with salt & pepper. Put them into a nice hot, non-stick pan on medium heat (don’t add any oil). Weigh them down (evenly if you can) with another flat bottomed pan. They only need a couple of minutes on each side. Pop your grill on to warm up.

While you’re waiting for the burgers to cook, make your burger sauce. Add a dollop of mayo, a squeeze of ketchup & a teaspoon of pickle juice to a cup and mix it all up. Put it to one side, slice your buns open and get your salad ready.

The burgers should be done by now. Place a generous slice of cheddar on each and put the pan under the grill (unless you have a plastic handle, in which case transfer them to a baking tray!).

Once it’s melted you’re ready to stack.

Put the lettuce on the bottom (it’ll stop your bun from going soggy), then some sauce, then your patties, followed by a couple pickle slices (if you’re that way inclined), then a good scoop of your ribs. Sandwich together with the rest of your bun & get stuck in!

We ate ours cross legged on the floor, barely talking just rolling our eyes at each other and mumbling about deliciousness.

I highly recommend this approach, I was one seriously happy girl…. and now I want another. Damn it.

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  • Natalie White

    Wow this looks amazing! January diet is proving difficult already….

  • Natalie White

    Wow this looks amazing! January diet is proving difficult already…

  • sophie brewster

    This looks like heaven in a bun! Definitely part of the 20% of the anti-diet though, no? πŸ˜‰
    Might have to whip some of these up for valentines day for the Mr!

    • I was thinking the same thing… am betting on 20%, therefore currently looking for 80% for the rest of the day! thanks Rose for sharing!

  • Amy Ben

    I decided to turn vegetarian as a new year goal (I’m calling them goals now…seems less daunting) and this is possibly the most torturous thing I have read all year, and that is meant as a compliment of the highest order!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    That. That is the best looking burger i’ve ever seen!

  • Millie Clarke

    This looks amazing!!! Definitely one for the recipe collection!! You should make a recipe book or a link to it I would buy it!

  • Ooof how do you even grab hold of that bad boy?! Looks delish.

  • Sarah

    Rosie please tell us about the watch give away? Thanks!

  • Michelle
  • ninegrandstudent

    That looks amazingly good – do you have a recipe for a yummy BBQ sauce? Craving burgers and ribs now!

    On the money side, ribs are an offcut when butchers get ham, so are often very cheap (particularly at Christmas). Our local butcher does them for less than Β£1 per rack!

  • I’m vegan with benefits (wink wink), and that burger even looks fabulous to me!!!!!!!!!

  • Charlotte

    oh my goodness

  • Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!!! Sheezus these look incredible! I’m on the 80/20 approach (20 being the weekend) so I shall produce and devour with pride then! Merci mon cherie!

  • Amber
  • Millie Marbles

    Hi Rosie! Thanks so much for the food porn and the recipe. I will definitely be fantasizing about this until i can get off of work.
    Ugh, sometimes your blog is TOO tantalizing.

  • This looks insanely good… So much for my New Year diet!

  • Aleksa Costa

    OMG! Another Burger! And when I saw the title I was hoping that we could get it delivered to our homes lol! You should look into opening your own burger joint as that looks amazing. If you were to get a burger delivered in London, where would you recommend?

  • Does this fit in with the anti diet!?

  • Oh. My. God!!!! YUM!!!! this looks so good! I’m hungry now… :/

    alex @

  • I don’t think my husband would ever let me leave the kitchen again if I made these! They look utterly amazing. Just stumbled across your blog on google, look forward to checking out your other recipe ideas. Thanks Rosie xx

  • Lily Hartley

    I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out, but the thought of making this burger is spurring on my recovery!! Yet another amazing recipe from you, thanks! As soon as I can chew again…

  • Laura Evans

    Firstly: WOW. Secondly, where did you get those buns from? I love a glossy burger bun!

  • Gaby

    Oh man…. and here I was, feeling all proud of my new yoga workout post! I guess it all goes down the drain now… Burger come to mama!!!

    But if you’re feeling guilty you can always go check out mine πŸ˜‰

    The Gift of Gaby

  • Jo Fisher

    This just made me look at my cherry tomatoes for my office lunch in despair. This recipe is definitely going to have to happen soon – thank you for sharing! I thought it was a review but when I saw I could make it myself I got so excited!

    Jo xxx

  • Bean

    Wooo first – *ahem* sorry. That looks delicious!

  • Well this is my boyfriends birthday dinner sorted! Thanks…
    Oh and does it matter whether you are using full fat coke or not?

  • Sophie Pierce

    This looks deliciousssss! And I know my husband will love it, too! I guess I know what I’ll be making this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing, Rosie! xx

  • God I should not have read this just before having lunch- suddenly my salad has paled to insignificance and all I want to eat now is a delicious, juicy burger!


  • This looks soooo delicious! I can’t wait to make my own, really want a burger now!

  • Always want another burger right? πŸ™‚

  • Cat Symons


  • That looks a mighty fine burger! The homemade burger sauce sounds super yummy too!

    Happy Wednesday Rosie xoxo

  • Ria

    Oh, these look amazing! I just discovered a crockpot chuck roast/can of soda recipe last week and it was amazing! My husband works for Pepsi and was given a huge box of soda, which we don’t drink, so I’m on the hunt for soda recipes…definitely trying this one:) Thanks Rosie:)

  • :O
    I’m not a burger person at all, but this is a serious converter…


  • riasideas

    Oh good lord, this is MEGA! Bye Bye healthy January. Beaut pics as always Rose x

  • These look amazing, must try them soon.

  • Queenie Lee

    These look absolutely incredible! xxx

  • Ooooohohoho those look sooo delicious! I’m definitely making this next weekend! πŸ˜€

  • This looks AMAZING! I wish I cooked more often. :/ Now i’m drooling on my keyboard.

  • Michael Smith

    Where do you get the burger buns from? I’ve really struggled to find that style in the shops.

  • GSorts

    I don’t even eat beef but your photos make my mouth water!

  • jarofwonders

    Looks amazing! Make me one!

  • Amy Lau

    Oh Rose you do know how to talk dirty to me πŸ˜›

    I am totally sold on making this!

  • Lisa S

    What a beast!
    Hopefully, I will be meeting one of my own at the weekend!!
    Afterall, Rosie, a good burger is hard to find.

  • TC Mullinax

    Rosie, That is a beautiful burger! Unfortunately, I am low-carbing in the New Year. Speaking of, will you ask Mummy Londoner to share about the no-carb bread you posted about? Thanks!

    • joie7994

      Good for you low carbing, my family has been trying it for a while, and I think you could convert a few things and still make the recipe! Try subbing the mayo for homemade mayo made with coconut oil (it’s super easy to make and low in omega 6’s), omit the bun or use a lower carb version (maybe sandwhich between large chunks of lettuce) and sub coke zero for regular coke πŸ™‚

      • TC Mullinax

        Thanks joie7994!

        I was actually referring back to the no carb bread Rosie posted about on the dip n share eggs post a few days ago. Rosie said the bread pictured was Mummy Londoner’s no carb bread…and it looks DELICIOUS! I have coveted the recipe ever since-but busy Rosie hasn’t responded.

        I’m off to check out your site!

  • This looks so delicious

  • Yup, that looks absolutely delish. Also: pickle juice in the sauce? Such a bizarre concept… but I totally get it! Yum πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!


  • Looks delicious. I love adding Bourbon when I cook anything pork or bbq in the house. it gives a little sweet smokey flavor that you miss from not cooking in a smoker or over a grill. if the recipe calls for coke I just use half and bourbon for the other half.

  • YUM YUM IN MY TUM (as always) x

  • The slow pace

    That is crazy. I want one. Now. Dinner. Need. Umpf!

  • Liza P
  • Jen

    Incredible. You da burger queen.

  • This looks sooo good! Also got me licking the screen :p Thanks for sharing! Love your blog! πŸ™‚

  • Oh my goodness… I’ve just had my dinner, but my mouth is watering. My stomach has forgotten it’s just been fed and is demanding one of these!

    I quite often make pulled pork using cherry coke, bbq sauce and my slow cooker, but it takes all day. Using ribs is a great idea to half the time it takes to make yummy shredded bbq pork.

    I’ll definitely be making these soon! Thanks for sharing.


  • Oh my god this burger looks delicious! I must try this next time I visit London!


  • Marcus

    This doesn’t match my new years resolution πŸ˜‰

  • Jenna

    That looks so scrumptious! I love burgers and always try to make them as health as I can

    Jenna ||

  • This looks INSANE. I’ve tried your 3 Cheese Roq Star Burgers but this recipe will have to zoom to the top of the list now… X

  • You are both an angel and the devil at the same time, Rosie!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • giulia

    hello, looks amazing! where do you buy the burger buns? xxx

  • Rosie that looks so so delicious!

    My problem is I don’t have a slow cooker, so it would probably take ages to cook the ribs otherwise, right? Any tips? Could I actually just do it in a pan?

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Mel

    Even I’m drooling over this and I’m a vegetarian!

  • andrealeighj

    YUM! Need a burger asap.
    Blog with me!

  • Catherine Gacad

    hello, i’ve been following your blog for years now and have a question that doesn’t relate at all to this post. your friend phoebe used to figure so prominently in your posts/pictures, wondering how she is doing…or maybe she has left london?

  • Damn you for this post after our Xmas indulging. I take it back. Thank you – can’t wait to make it!

  • The Broke Boy

    There is one word for that…Pornographic!

  • Kerstin wears.

    i’m so hungry right now! noooo πŸ™

  • Sofia

    It looks….amazing! I have a Berlin must for you then: The Bird. The burgers of burgers in this city. At least if you ask me πŸ˜‰

  • I love the sound of this burger Rose, one of my favourites is a cheeseburger topped with BBQ pulled pork, avocado and a dollop of home made tomato and pepper relish, you get warm BBQ goodness, fresh avocado and tangy relish all together it is heaven! xx

  • Ellen Keating

    Wow thats the best looking burger I’ve seen in a while haha Xx Elle

  • emilie spinoza

    Rosie, It sounds very yummy, thanks for sharing this recipe!! I can’t wait to make and taste it…but where did you get the buns? They look fantastic…

  • Lori Lange

    OH man- looks amazing.

  • Caity Faye

    I’m making this as we speak! Ribs are very popular this time of year and we left it a bit late so using bacon with the sauce (pan reduced) to get some porky deliciousness in πŸ™‚

    It was 47 degrees celsius in Western Australia today so we needed a good meal and a cold drink!


  • Jessica Johansen

    This looks lush – can’t wait to try this!

  • Lyn

    Hi Rosie,where did you get the bun from? I’ve made a few burgers at home, and always struggle with finding good buns! I was going to make some myself next time, but this one looks perfect. Thanks!

  • Don’t usually go for beef burgers, as I prefer chicken over red meat. But this beauty looks tasty!

  • Meghna George

    Rosie, How come you never blog about Indian food : p ?

  • Ben Stephens

    Hey Rosie, Where do you get your fab burger buns from?

  • Rina

    This looks absolutely delicious! *drooling*

  • We The Food Snobs

    That looks insane! Going to have to whip some of these up at home soon, good work!

  • I am totally sold! You got yourself a new follower πŸ˜€

    Maggie A

  • Harri Casey

    Made this today for me and my boyfriend as a post-Valentines treat and it was uh-mazing. I love all of your recipes. I have a slow cooker at Uni, so it’s always handy to find new things that I can cook in it.

    Harriette xx

  • Vanessa

    This looks amaazing! πŸ™‚