All you need to make the most basic of burgers is good quality minced beef, salt and pepper. I like to make mine a little more interesting by adding other flavours to the mix, you could add chilli, herbs, cheese, fried onions etc whatever you like really. For my burgers I used chopped sun-dried tomatoes and basil for an Italian feel then finished them off with some melting mozzarella, trust me, they were good!Once you've chosen your flavours it's just a case of mixing everything well together and using your hands to form them into burgers. I find it helps to leave in the fridge for an hour or so after you've made them as it helps them to firm up and keep their shape, of course if your really desperate you could cook them immediately!
So here are my top tips for making fantastic burgers:
- Use good quality mince/ground beef, you need some fat but not too much so don't buy the really cheap stuff.
- Add plenty of salt and pepper, they really need it.
- Don't add anything to chunky or too wet to the mixture this will cause the beef to break up during cooking and you'll be eating it from a bowl not a bun!
- Get the pan, grill or barbecue searingly hot before you put the burgers on, this will create a caramelised crust on the outside.
- Let the burgers rest in the fridge for an hour or so after you've made them so they can firm up.