Thursday, 13 December 2012

Recipe - Home Made Beef Burgers

I made a decision over the weekend that homemade burgers would be on the menu one night this week. With that in mind, I asked a question on both Facebook & Twitter, looking for some inspiration and maybe a cheeky wee secret ingredients or two that I might be able to add to my own burger recipe. Within a short time, I had lots of different suggestions for ways to jazz up my burger, but settled on adding some oyster sauce as suggested by JD, a food blogger from Edinburgh, and some beef stock as suggested by Zoe and Benn from La Cantina.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 250g minced beef
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 Oxo cube
  • 1/2 tsp Unami paste
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 slice mature cheddar, thickly cut

  1. Put all of the ingredient in a bowl and mix until well combined. Season with a little black pepper. You shouldn't need salt as the oyster sauce will do a job here.
  2. Divide the mixture into four and shape into individual patties. Place a half slice of the cheddar onto two of the patties before covering with the other two. Pinch the beef together to seal the cheese in the middle.
  3. Heat a little oil in an ovenproof frying pan and once the oil is hot, carefully place the patties into the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side before turning then place the pan in a preheated oven 190C for a further 5-6 minutes.
8oz homemade burgers
Serve the burger with your own preferred condiments. Tonight I kept it simple, with just mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and cheese, served in a toasted ciabatta roll.

Homemade burgers
The burgers were deliciously juicy and packed full of flavour, and the melting cheese in the middle was a lovely little twist. Including any preparation time, these burger were ready to serve in just over twenty minutes. So the next time you're thinking about using the fast food burger chains as an easy answer for dinner, why not make your own burger instead? You'll be glad that you did!


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