I made my first published burger recipe (Lamb, Roasted Red Pepper and Mint Burgers) a bit different but I think it’s important for all meat-lovers to have a basic beef burger recipe up their sleeve so here’s mine!
To be honest with you, I learned a harsh lesson here. I wanted to tart the mix up a bit – adding chopped parsley, garlic etc– but it was just too much and as Kieran pointed out, sometimes less is more. Minced beef, salt and pepper and diced onion – job done!
There was also some kind of cheek from him along the lines of “me man, me make burgers” which I didn’t catch completely due to being quite deaf. I’m not 100% sure this is the kind of thing that a woman should be allowing in 2022 but he was right so I let it slide…..this time.
I love burgers, I used to love to eat McDonalds – in fact it was my first job. Honestly every now and then we still have one for a treat and I really enjoy it but the truth is that, convenience aside, it will never be as good as a burger you make and cook at home. And as the summer marches relentlessly towards us we can look forward to enjoying that extra deliciousness that cooking a burger on the BBQ and eating it outside in the sun gives.
What do you like in your burger? There’s so many options and my taste changes like the weather. I do love the kind of simple American diner combination of ketchup, mustard, onion and pickles but then you can’t beat a bit of mayo, some salad leaves, onion and of course cheese! Of course, if you’re having a BBQ then the chances are that you will have more than one and can have one of each!
We sometimes buy the processed cheese slices for burgers but honestly, we make such good cheese and have so much variety of it in the UK that you find you’re just better off with some good old English mature cheddar or even some blue cheese like Stilton if you’re feeling adventurous.
We have set of moulds like these that we use for photographing food for the site. It turned out that one of the bigger ones is actually perfect for shaping a beautiful looking burger – as an alternative to an actual burger press. You can then sit them on a square of baking paper on a plate to chill them and when the time comes to cook them, the paper makes it easier to slide them into the pan (or on to the BBQ!)
So let me know what you think of my simple bacon burger recipe via the comments or by using the Contact Me form on the site. And do feel free to tag me in your Tweets and Facebook or Instagram posts – I’d love to see your burger and BBQ pictures! Enjoy DDx.Print