Thursday, 21 April 2011

Homemade Burgers

I said I wouldn't. But I have!

I wasn't going to make another post today as I didn't want to bore anybody but.. Amy is at work and I needed to make something for tea. Looking at a pretty bare fridge, I turned to the freezer. A few things looked interesting but then I found some frozen minced meat and that got me thinking...

I looked back in the fridge.. hmmmm.... onions, carrots, bread rolls.... BURGERS!

We have just finished eating them but I will gladly share my step by step process with you.

3/4 of a large brown onion (1/2 diced) (1/4 for garnish)
500g British Beef Minced meat
1 carrot peel (thinly sliced to match the size of the diced onions)
50g flour
2 tbsp water

1) Add the minced meat to the bowl and 'prod' so that there are no large clumps and the mince is fine.
2) Add the diced onion and the thinly sliced carrot. Mix again.
3) Cover the meat, onion and carrot with the 50g of flour and add the 2tbsp of water. Mix again so the mixture binds together. Please note that the concoction of flower and water replaces the traditional need for egg and breadcrumbs in the burger recipe.
4) The ingredients stated should be enough to make 4 large burger or 6 smaller burgers. In this case I made 4. Use your hand to create 4 equally sized balls with the mixture. Then use the palm of your hand to flatten the burger into a traditional 'patty' shape.
5) Put on the grill or in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Make sure you watch the burgers around the twenty minute mark as they can go from perfect to overcooked very quickly. Slice a nice wholemeal bun and butter if necessary. Then add some salad, relish or ketchup and enjoy.

These were the best burgers I have made to date. Third time lucky I think they call it. Let me know if you use any of my recipes and tell me how they turn out. These are all my own original recipes which are heavily based on spontaneity and improvisastion.

Amy was pleased anyway, so it's always good to score extra brownie points. Talking of brownies... That's just given me an idea!



  1. Yummy - they look so tasty. You can't beat home made meals can you. I have to say that I have never tried cooking them in the over - must try that - certainly beats standing over a frying pan.

    Spontaneous cooking is the best - and usually turns out better than working from a recipe book.

    I always look in the cupboard/fridge/freezer or in the garden/allotment to see what I've got/fancy - then just make it up as I go along. No complaints from Mr Lottie so far!

  2. Haha!

    That is the besy way to do it! Spontaneous improvisation!

    Take care!

    Martin and Amy x


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