Hopefully, some day soon, the sun will come out again and the barbecues will be smouldering away, waiting for burgers and sausages to sizzle away on their grills. You can get great burgers in supermarkets but it’s really easy, and a lot cheaper, to make your own from scratch. You know exactly what’s in your burger and can tweak ingredients to suit your own personal likes and tastes.
This is my version of the ultimate beef burger, and it goes perfectly with my burger buns. You can make them well in advance, and even freeze them for a later date. If it’s not exactly barbecue weather you can (as I had to) cook them in a griddle pan or under a hot grill.
Minced beef – 1lb/500g
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Red onion – 1 small (very finely diced)
Sugar – ½ teaspoon
Egg – 1
Worcestershire sauce – 1 tablespoon
Tomato ketchup – 1 tablespoon
Ground white pepper – 1 teaspoon
Italian seasoning – 1 teaspoon
Celery salt – 1 teaspoon
Equipment: Frying pan, mixing bowl, fork, plate, griddle pan/grill/barbecue
- Heat the olive oil in a medium-hot frying pan, add the onions and sweat slowly.
- Add the sugar after a minute and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
- Take of the heat and leave to cool.
- Break the egg into the mixing bowl and whisk with the fork.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, pepper, Italian seasoning and celery salt and mix well.
- Add the mince and combine with the other ingredients (best done with your hands).
- Divide into 6, roll into balls, flatten out and shape into burgers.
- Place on a plate, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until needed.
- Cook on a hot barbecue, griddle or grill, for 4-6 minutes each side, or until just cooked through.