The burger gets a very bad name in this country and its probably a lot to do with some very dodgy ingredients that mass produced burgers contain. If I’m short of time I will sometimes buy fresh burgers from my local butcher but my preference is to make them myself. This is a recipe from one of Jamie Oliver’s first cookery books and they have been a winning burger in our family for some years. You can make then as big or as small as you like, I usually make 4oz burgers and for those with bigger appetites well they can have two in their bun! This recipe is so easy to do, I usually double the recipe and freeze them until needed. Get the children involved in the process and teach them that its fine to treat yourself to a burger now and then if you use good quality ingredients. Happy BBQ season!
What you will need
2 lbs. minced beef, don’t go for lean mince. Burgers need fat to give flavour and to keep them juicy
2 medium red onions, finely chopped
1-2 handfuls of fresh breadcrumbs
1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
1 small pinch of cumin seeds, crushed
1 heaped tsp of Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to make your burgers
Mix all ingredients together, use bread crumbs as needed to bind and lighten the mixture.
Divide into 4oz balls and shape with your hands to form your burger. Use straight way or freeze using wax paper to separate the burgers. When you’ve got those coals nice and hot, slam those little beauties on the Barbie!