Our homemade burger recipe is a real winner! Homemade beef burgers are much tastier than shop-bought, plus they’re a lot more simple, easy and quick to make that you might think. All you need to do is combine a little mince with some binding agents and a little flavouring.
This homemade burger recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare, so you really don’t have to spend that much time in the kitchen to make your homemade burgers from scratch. To make these delicious burgers, you’ll only need six ingredients, so making them yourself won’t turn out a lot more expensive than buying them at the supermarket.
You can use classic beef mince to make these burgers or replace it with turkey or pork for a lighter taste. If you’re a vegetarian or are cooking for someone who is veggie, you can also use vegetarian mince like Quorn as a meat substitute.
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! These 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 homemade buns.
Top your burger with fresh lettuce, slices tomatoes, red onion and a spread of relish. Adults and children alike will love these tasty homemade burgers and the best part is that they are healthier for you because you know exactly what’s in them!
Watch how to make Homemade burgers
- 500g good quality mince
- Good pinch of oregano
- 1tsp salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- Handful of breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- To serve:
- Loaf of ciabatta or burger buns
- Toppings of your choice
- 1 iceberg lettuce
- 4 medium tomatoes
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 the toppings of your choice (we love onions, tomatoes, gherkins and cheese on our homemade burgers!).
Top tip for making Homemade burgers
Top tip: The eggs and breadcrumbs aren't essential but will help bind the ingredients together.
How do you keep burgers from falling apart?
To make sure your burgers keep form and don’t fall apart, its best to use your hands to form the burger patties. Your hands will be able to bring the meat together and squish any air out of the patties so they are tightly combined and don’t fall apart when cooking. Do this quickly though as your warm hands can have the opposite effect too as the heat can make them kind of gooey.
Once your burger patties are prepared its best to pop them into the fridge to cool for about 15 minutes. This will help them to keep their form when it comes to grilling or cooking in the oven.
How do you bind burgers without eggs?
The best way to bind burgers is with eggs. Eggs are great for bringing the meat and any extras like garlic, or onions together and keeping them in one place when cooking. If you don’t eat eggs or you’d prefer not to use eggs in your mixture you could opt for chia seeds, mashed avocado or grated cheese. The chia seeds swell up with the moisture of the meat helping to bring the burger together, the mashed avocado adds a soft texture to the meat which helps bring it together (kind of like potato in a fish cake!) and then grated cheese melts as its cooked acting like a ‘glue’ to keep the burger in its patty form.
How do you make burgers juicy?
If you want to make juicy burgers add a few tablespoons of cold water to your meat mix when forming the patties. You could also add a couple of teaspoons of water to the griddle pan or tray when frying or cooking to create a steam effect. The meat that you use in your burgers will also impact how juicy your burger is or not. A classic beef burger is more likely to be juicy as it contains more fat than a turkey burger or bean-based veggie burger. So you might want to keep the fat content that in mind when buying the meat for your burgers.