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Homemade Beef Burger Recipe

Quick to make, tasty to eat and healthy when made with good quality beef. This is a meal all the family will enjoy.

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INGREDIENTS FOR BEEF BURGER

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

TO SERVE

4 white bread burger buns
4 rashers of back bacon
Shredded iceberg lettuce
1 large chunky tomato
1 medium red onion
Tomato relish

PREPARATION TIME

: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME

: 20 minutes (plus 30 minutes in fridge)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

: Medium

FREEZE

? Yes (burger only)

SERVINGS

: Four

COOKING EQUIPMENT

: A large frying pan, large bowl.
Ingredients for Beef Burgers
Some of the ingredients for Beef Burgers

PREPARATION

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

COOK'S NOTES FOR YOUR BEEF BURGERS

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.

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RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Put the frying pan on a medium heat, add the vegetable oil and fry the chopped onions (not the sliced onions) for 10 minutes turning the frequently. Remove the onions (leaving the oil in the pan) for use later.

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.

 Frying the bacon

STEP 2

Add all the beef burger ingredients (except the oil) to a large bowl and mix them together well.

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).

Uncooked beef burgers 

STEP 3

Pre-heat the frying pan to a medium heat and add the uncooked beef burgers with the oiled side down. Fry for four minutes, drizzle oil over the surface and carefully turn the burgers over. Fry for a further three minutes.

While the burgers are frying cut each burger bun in half and lightly toast the cut sides under the grill.

 

STEP 4

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.

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