Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simple Burgers for the BBQ

It's all too easy to buy readymade fresh or frozen burgers in the supermarket but to be honest, making them yourself is well worth the extra 5 minutes, both in terms of taste and knowing exactly what's in them.

Homemade burgers are right up there on the Hubs' list of Top Meals.  In the winter, we have them with gravy, peas and mash and in the summer, with lots of different salads.

Before the rain came down last weekend, I decided to make some and barbeque them... here's how!

Homemade Burgers (makes 4)

340g lean round steak mince
2 shallots, finely minced
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 large handful fresh Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Lea & Perrins
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp Flat Parsley, chopped
1 tbsp Chives, snipped
Sea Salt & Pepper

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  If you don't like the feel of mince, wear rubber gloves! 

If the mixture is too wet, add some more breadcrumbs.  Form into 4 burgers and chill for at least 30 minutes to allow them to firm up.

Then cook your burgers.  I was always taught that minced beef should be cooked through because of the danger of food poisoning, so mine are never pink in the middle.  How well you cook them is up to you!

If we're serving these for summer dinner, we generally skip the bun but top with all the normal stuff... lots of  pickle, tomato, lettuce, thinly sliced red onion and my favourite - cucumber.  Don't laugh... it's actually really light and fresh tasting against the denseness of the meat.  Many years ago when I was in Greece, the beach bar sold burgers & they were always topped with cucumber & onion... divine!

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