Homemade beef burgers are much tastier than shop-bought - and they aren't much harder to make. All you need to do is combine a little mince with some binding agents and a little flavouring. Our homemade burger recipe is perfect for the BBQ or for a family meal - and if you make them from scratch, you know exactly what's going in them! You can use classic beef mince to make these burgers or replace it with turkey or pork for a lighter taste - or vegetarian mince like Quorn can be used as a meat substitute. Burgers can be cooked in the oven, under the grill, on the hob or even on the BBQ if the weather is nice. Sandwich your burger in between two soft crusty slices of bread or bun halves. Top your burger with fresh lettuce, slices tomatoes, red onion and a spread of relish.
500g good quality mince
Good pinch of oregano
Pinch of black pepper
Handful of breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
Loaf of ciabatta
1 iceberg lettuce
4 medium tomatoes
Top tip: The eggs and breadcrumbs aren't essential but will help bind the ingredients together.
Place all of the burger ingredients in a large bowl and mix together or whizz all the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture starts holding together.
Shape the burgers into round flat discs with wetted hands. To get perfectly round shapes, press the mixture into a metal pastry cutter. Don't over-handle the burgers or they'll be tough and dry when cooked.
Place the burgers on the barbecue or in a frying pan and cook until they're done all the way through and there's no pinkness in the middle. To check this, press down the top of a burger with a fish slice - if there are pink juices oozing out, then cook for a few more minutes.
Serve on a lightly toasted ciabatta with lettuce and sliced tomato.