Beef and Parmesan burgers

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Beef and Parmesan burgers
Beef and Parmesan burgers
  • Makes: 2-4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

The secret to the super-savouriness of these burgers is the mince mix. Basil, chillies and mustard are combined together and bound with a beaten egg. But the ingredient that really lifts them to another level is grated Parmesan. These burgers make a great alternative to the traditional cheeseburger and would be an excellent addition to a summer BBQ, casual dinner party, or if your teens want to impress their friends with a spiced-up version of their favourite snack. Once the main ingredients have been blended, simply mix the mince with the Parmesan breadcrumbs, shape into burger patties and then fry.


  • 2 dried red chillies, finely chopped
  • Half a red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 8-10 basil leaves picked and chopped
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • Handful of breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
  • A good pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 500g beef mince
  • Oil, for frying
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Serve on toasted buns with a side salad made from 1 baby gem lettuce, chopped into chunks; 8 baby plum tomatoes, halved; half cucumber, chopped into chunks and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


  1. Put all the ingredients except the beef into a food processor and whiz until thoroughly combined.
  2. With your hands, mix the mince and the Parmesan-breadcrumbs mixture together. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape into two burger patties. I used metal food rings, purely for aesthetic reasons.
  4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the burgers for around 10 mins, flipping every 2 mins. You want a nice crust on either side of the burgers, and to ensure they are cooked all the way through.

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