The humble beef burger becomes king when barbecue season rolls around. No longer satisfied with plain old patties from the supermarket, many people decide that it’s time to get gourmet and make burgers from scratch. There are many methods out there, but the most reliable and the tastiest will always involve choosing the best quality beef that you can find and asking your butcher to mince it up for you. Lean beef makes the best burgers; fatty meat isn’t healthy and doesn’t taste as good either!
Once you have selected your beef, make sure that you use it on the same day or as close as possible. There really is a difference between fresh meat and meat which has been stored for a few days. Here is a great, healthy recipe for tasty homemade beef burgers. Serve them with freshly made potato wedges, salad and a crispy bun and you can’t go wrong!
- 500g minced beef
- Small red onion
- 1 egg
- 1 tspn cumin
- 1 tspn mustard powder
- Handful of fresh coriander chopped
- Tbsp Worcester sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Finely chop the onion and fry gently until transparent. Remove the onion from the pan and transfer to a mixing bowl. Beat the egg and add to the onion along with the meat and the herbs and spices. Add a little Worcester sauce, but no more than a tablespoon as your mixture will grow too wet otherwise. Mix and press the mixture together; the longer the mixture is manipulated, the smoother it will become.
- Form 4 patties on a floured surface and place on greaseproof paper in the fridge for around half an hour. This will ensure that the mixture firms up and when it’s placed on the BBQ it will retain its shape.
- Cook the burgers for around 5 minutes on each side on a very hot grill. Before cooking them; make an indent with your thumb in the centre of each burger to ensure that they do not lose their shape.
- Serve on fresh bread rolls with a mixture of salad, salsa and grated cheese for topping the burgers.
If you would like to make a homemade salsa to go alongside these burgers, it’s very easy to make a basic mix by simply chopping 5 tomatoes finely and adding finely chopped red onion. Also include a handful of fresh coriander, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, before mixing it all together well. This is a really easy way to make your BBQ extra special – it’s the little things that count!
The image included in this post is from a similar recipe published in The Telegraph.