Isn’t it interesting how every cartoon always seems to portray a beef patty as the most scrumptious, delectable food imaginable? Well, they’re not wrong. Maybe it’s the melted cheese sliding off the perfectly round beef patty or the high pile of tomatoes, lettuce, and onions that gives the impression that the first bite will be a flavour hit.
There’s no doubt that a beef burger satisfies our hunger like no other. As easy as it is to make, it’s just as easy to get it oh so wrong. Here’s how to make beef patties that taste every bit as delicious as you’d imagine them to be.
How to make a cracking homemade beef burger
You will need:
- 500g of quality minced meat
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (optional)
- 1 large free-range egg
- Olive oil
- 1 cos lettuce
- 3 ripe tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3 pickles (optional)
- 6 slices of Jalsberg cheese
- 6 burger buns (your choice of white, sesame seed, or Vienna roll)
- Finely chop the parsley (yes, everything including the stalk), then add to the bowl with the mustard and minced beef
- Crack the egg into the bowl, then add a pinch of salt and black pepper
- Using your hands (please wash before touching the food!), scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into 6 and pat and mould each piece into a roundish shape, roughly 2cm thick.
- Place the beef patties onto a plate, drizzle with olive oil, then cover and place in the fridge. This will help firm them up before they are needed.
- To cook the burgers, preheat a large frying pan for 4 minutes on a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium.
- Taking the burgers out of the fridge, place the burgers into the pan.
- Use a spatula to lightly press them down, making sure the burger is in full contact with the pan.
- Cook the burgers for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, depending on how you like them – you may need to work in batches if your frying pan is not large enough.
EXPERT’S TIP: Try to make the beef patties a bit larger than your bun, as they may shrink while cooking
Alternatives to cooking beef patties on the stove
If you prefer the undeniably smoky flavour of a grill, you can cook your beef patties on a BBQ.
- Follow all the previous steps from 1-4
- Then grill your burgers over high heat. You want to keep the flavours in the burger to avoid using your spatula to press down on the burgers.
- Flip over after 3 minutes on each side.
Now you are ready to prepare the condiments. Wash and dry the lettuce leaves, slice the tomatoes and peel and finely slice the red onions. Do the same for the pickles, if you’re using them. Place the condiments on a large plate in the centre of your table, so guests can help themselves.
Once your meat is cooked, put inside the burger buns and serve up on a plate.
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