Homemade beef burgers

This beef recipe is for homemade beef burgers, often referred to as hamburgers.  This recipe for burgers is great served with onion rings and chipped potatoes.

 

Getting everything ready

  • Place the minced steak into a large clean bowl and season well with salt and pepper.  Then, mix well with your hand to bind the beef together.
  • Lightly dust plain flour on your board for raw meat and turn out the meat onto the board.  Divide the mixture into two and, using your hand and a palette knife, flatten each into a burger shape.
  • Cover each burger with cling film and, using your rolling pin, gently roll out the burger to the size you require.  Place onto a clean dish, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for an hour or so to firm slightly.  Don’t forget to wash your hands after handling raw meat.
  • Wash and dry the beef tomatoes and cut into medium slices.
  • Wash and spin dry the green salad.
  • Slice the gherkins.
  • Cut the bread baps in half horizontally.
  • Pre-heat the grill to hot.

Method

  1. Lightly toast the baps under the grill and keep warm.
  2. Heat a touch of oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat on the hob.  Then, carefully add your beef burgers to the frying pan.  Fry for a few minutes, turning from time to time.
  3. Cook the beef burgers to the way you like them — rare, medium or well done.
  4. Place the bottom halves of the baps onto warmed plates and add a small amount of salad (save the remainder for garnish).  Then, place on a beef burger, add slices of tomato followed by slices of gherkin and squeeze over some American mustard.  Place on the top of the bap and serve with the remaining salad, a few freshly fried onion rings and a few string-cut chips.

Homemade beef burgers – hints and tips

You could add a slice of cheese to the top of your homemade beef burgers and quickly place under a hot grill before placing into the bap.  Or, you could add some grilled bacon, a fried egg or even all three!

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Ingredients

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: 2
  • 200g good quality minced steak
  • 2 large wholemeal baps
  • 2 pickled gherkins
  • 1 large beef tomato
  • Vegetable oil, to shallow fry
  • 2 small handfuls green salad
  • Sea salt / pepper
  • Onion rings, as accompaniment
  • String-cut chips, as accompaniment
  • American mustard, as accompaniment
  • A little plain flour for dusting

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