These are so simple to make and you can create your own version so that they taste much more exciting than the processed variety, plus you will know EXACTLY what has gone into them!
Makes 2 giant burgers
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
200g lean minced beef
1 small egg, beaten
salt & pepper
- Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan and add the oil.
- Saute the onion over a gentle heat until transparent (about 2 mins).
- Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the breadcrumbs and tomato ketchup. Allow to cool slightly.
- Put the minced beef in a bowl and break up with a fork. Add the onion mixture and the beaten egg. Season with salt & pepper.
- Mix all the ingredients together well (your hands are good for this). If the mixture feels very wet at this stage, add more breadcrumbs.
- Divide and shape into two giant burgers.
- Wipe out the frying pan and heat again. Cook the burgers for about 8 mins each side (depending on thickness) until they are cooked through and brown.
- These freeze well so make a big batch and put silicon paper/baking parchment between each burger so that you can separate them easily when frozen.
- Make your own burger buns. See the recipe for Basic White bread and shape into buns to fit your burgers. Brush top with water and scatter on sesame seeds before baking for authentic burger bun finish. These will only need 10 - 15 mins in the oven until golden brown on top. The buns freeze well also.
A homemade burger is a nutritious meal as it is made from top quality ingredients. This doesn't apply to cheap, commercially made burgers that not only are made with low quality ingredients but also are filled out with bulking agents, many of which you would be surprised to know you were eating!