|450g / 1lb of lean minced beef|
|1 medium onion|
|1 large egg|
|Handful of parsley|
|1 teaspoon Dijon mustard|
|4 pinches of ground cumin|
|Salt and pepper to taste|
|1 tablespoon of vegetable oil|
|4 white bread burger buns|
|4 rashers of back bacon|
|Shredded iceberg lettuce|
|1 large chunky tomato|
|1 medium red onion|
Finely chop the medium onion (not the red onion)
Finely chop the parsley
Slice the red onion and separate the rings
Slice the tomato into 8 slices
Shred the iceberg lettuce
There are so many variations on the best beef burger recipe that it's difficult to decide which one truly gives the perfect burger. Take McDonalds for instance, who have been in business from 1948. Their recipe is simplicity itself, 100% minced beef seasoned with just salt and pepper, yes that's the truth! What is missing from that description though is that they add a relish on top which provides a huge dollop of flavour.
To come up with our recipe we have cooked endless burgers all with different seasoning levels and ingredients. We enjoyed all of them but one particular recipe has been crowned by CookUK as the best in the world and we present it to you below.
Just a quick word about the minced beef. We used very lean meat to keep the saturated fat and calorie levels to a reasonably healthy level. By all means use a fattier cut of meat but remember that much of the fat will come out in the cooking process loosing much of the cost benefit of cheaper beef.
The cooking time in our recipe is four minutes on one side and three minutes on the other. This will give you a burger which is medium done. Add a minute or so for well done or cook for a minute or so less for rare.
Recipe by David Marks.
Add the bacon rashers to the pan and fry for about four minutes on each side. Remove the bacon (leaving the oil in the pan) for use later.
Separate the mixture into four equal portions. With wet hands, form each portion into a ball shape. Flatten the mixture with your hands to a thickness of about 2½cm / 1in. Place the beef burgers on a plate, drizzle a little oil over them and place in the refrigerator for half an hour (longer if preparing well in advance).
While the burgers are frying cut each burger bun in half and lightly toast the cut sides under the grill.
Assemble your beef burger in any order you fancy (see our picture on the right for our preference). It should include the burger, lettuce, tomato, sliced red onions, tomato relish and a slice of bacon.
The beef burgers, by themselves, freeze very well and will last a couple of months in the freezer.