National Cheese Burger Day!

Homemade burgers not only taste so much better than shop bought but are also so quick and easy to prepare. With the need for only 2 simple staple ingredients, you can add in seasonings or other ingredients to be as adventurous as you like. For those who like the simple tastes in life or those who want to join in with national cheese burger day (not that we need an excuse!), fantastic tasting patties only take 5 minutes to rustle up using the below ingredients;

  • Mince Meat – 80% lean, 20% fat
  • 1 Egg (beaten)

We choose mince meat with a fat content of 20% as this adds flavour to the burger whilst also helping to bind when making. The egg helps to bind the patty together to give the perfect burger.

Now that’s the simple ingredients out the way, you can also add in any of the following to flavour the burger to your taste, it may sound expensive but once you have the seasonings they will store in the cupboard for a long time for use with other dishes;

  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tspn Ground cumin
  • 1 tspn Ground coriander
  • 1 tspn English mustard powder
  • Worcester sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

Method;

  1. Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl with your hands then put into the fridge for at least half an hour to firm up.
  2. If the mixture is a bit sloppy add a handful of bread crumbs to firm.
  3. Divide into 4 even portions
  4. Use your hands to perfectly shape each patty to the correct size.
  5. Place the patties onto a hot grill and leave for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Flip the patties over onto the other side and leave for a further 4-5 minutes.

Top tips for cooking burgers

  • Don’t press down on the patties as this will squeeze out all the lovely juices and moisture. It will also flare up the flames and the fat drips down onto the coal or flavourizer bar.
  • Your griddle should be at a high temperature before placing the burger on the BBQ, if the grill is hot enough the burger will not stick.
  • Only touch the burgers to flip or remove, don’t fiddle whilst cooking
  • The centre of a patty should have a slight dimple – if you are hand making, press your thumb into the centre. This dimple will help the burger cook perfectly.