Home Made Burgers

4 Feb

The before & after shot: Roast baby potatoes with rosemary & garlic

You really can’t beat a good burger. There’s nothing like sinking you teeth into one but recently myself and himself had burgers in a bar in town and I couldn’t finish mine. It was far too, oddly enough, meaty and left me feeling quite ill, the thoughts of it now still do.

These burgers which I made were nothing like that. They were so light to eat and not at all challenging. The texture was almost soft as they had been for the most part in the oven. I think a thick burger cooked in its entirety on a pan or under a grill gets tough and can almost be a chore to eat. Even if I were to bbq them I would, like these, seal them on the bbq and finish cooking them in the oven.

I have been so ridiculously tired this week and I can’t explain why. Well, not because I can’t, it’s just that I have no explanation for it! Yes, work is tiring but, for a change, that doesn’t explain it. Anyway, these burgers are so great to make when you’re not really in the mood for slaving in the kitchen. Simply come in from work and mix up you the pattie mix. Leave them to rest in the fridge for half an hour giving you the chance to change/put the washing out/have a cup of tea! Then once the oven is hot they take a mere 10-12 mins! Fantastic!

The recipe below made 4 decent sized burgers:

350g lean minced beef

25g breadcrumbs

25g grated cheese (I used a mature cheddar, parmesan would also be great)

1 dstp tomato ketchup (I used half this amount as I also through in about 4 chopped up sun dried tomatoes)

1 egg


*you can also add chopped onion(not a fan of this!) or garlic and add herbs (parsley or thyme would taste well).

Put the mince into a mixing bowl. To this mix in the breadcrumbs, cheese, ketchup, seasoning and anything else you want to add. Add the egg (helps to bind everything) and mash it all together with your hands. Divide the mixture into four and roll into burger shapes about 1/2 inch thick. You can use some flour to help shape them. Place these on a plate and allow to rest in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Heat your pan/grill pan. Brush the burgers lightly with oil and place on the hot pan, they only need a few second on each side to brown and seal. Remove from the pan and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes. When you remove them from the oven cut one in the centre to make sure it is fully cooked.

To accompany this I sliced some baby potatoes in half, tossed them in some olive oil, seasoned well with salt and pepper and placed them in a baking tray. To this I added about 3 crushed cloves of garlic and a good few stalks of rosemary. Once placed in the oven (180), they took about 20 minutes to cook. The smell in the kitchen was almost edible!!

Ready to rest in the fridge


2 Responses to “Home Made Burgers”

  1. bake in paris February 8, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Always had bad experience with outlet burgers, maybe it is time to turn to home made. And your burger just looks so convincingly delicious!!

    Sawadee from bangkok,

    • madeinthepresenceofnut February 8, 2010 at 8:48 am #

      You should definitely try them and you can add whatever flavours you like to them, you won’t be disappointed!

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