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.

Ingredients – 2 portions

  • Minced steak: 200g
  • Large bread baps: 2
  • Pickled gherkins: 2
  • Large beef tomatoes: 2
  • Sea salt / pepper: to taste
  • Vegetable oil: for frying
  • Green salad: 2 handfuls
  • Onions rings: accompany
  • Chipped potatoes: accompany
  • Mustard: accompany
  • Plain flour: for dusting

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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