Menu
Beef burgers - learn to make

Beef burgers - learn to make

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(25 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Plus chilling time

Easy

Serves 4
Learn how to make succulent beef burgers - just four steps and four ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g good-quality beef mince
  • 1 egg

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 burger buns
  • All or any of the following to serve: sliced tomato, beetroot, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, ketchup, handful iceberg lettuce, rocket, watercress

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

Method

  1. Peel the onion, slice in half through the root and trim off the top. Place cutside down on a chopping board. With your knife parallel to the board, cut 3 slices through the onion, keeping the root intact. With the knife point at root end, cut down through the onion from top to bottom 4 times. Holding the root end, finely slice to give you small diced pieces. Tip the beef into a bowl with the onion and egg, then mix.

  2. Divide the mixture into four. Lightly wet your hands. Carefully roll the mixture into balls, each about the size of a tennis ball. Set in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze down to flatten into patties about 3cm thick. Make sure all the burgers are the same thickness so that they will cook evenly. Put on a plate, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge to firm up for at least 30 mins.

  3. Heat the barbecue to medium hot (there will be white ash over the red hot coals – about 40 mins after lighting). Lightly brush 1 side of each burger with oil. Place the burgers, oil-side down, on the barbecue. Cook for 5 mins until the meat is lightly charred. Don’t move them around or they may stick. Oil the other side, then turn over using tongs. Don’t press down on the meat, as that will squeeze out the juices. Cook for 5 mins more for medium. If you like your burgers pink in the middle, cook 1 min less each side. For well done, cook 1 min more.

  4. Take the burgers off the barbecue. Leave to rest on a plate so that all the juices can settle inside. Slice each bun in half. Place, cut-side down, on the barbecue rack and toast for 1 min until they are lightly charred. Place a burger inside each bun, then top with your choice of accompaniment.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (38)

abi_barber's picture
5

Fantastic! My first try and they came out perfect, though I did slightly tweak the recipe. Considering I used rather cheap minced beef, it still tasted great and didn't fall apart. I added a tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to the beef/onion/egg mix and seasoned with salt and pepper; I also left the burgers to set in the fridge for 4 hours - though I'm not sure if that made a world of difference. Instead of grilling them, I pan-fried them in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, for about 10 minutes (as I like mine well done). All in all, great burgers, unbelievably simple recipe, definitely one for the cook book!

inker55's picture
4

Absolutely delicious on the first attempt - I added a good squirt of BBQ marinade to the mixture which added so much flavour. I cooked them under the grill and they were threatening to fall apart so next time I'll let them rest for longer

inker55's picture
4

Absolutely delicious on the first attempt - I added a good squirt of BBQ marinade to the mixture which added so much flavour. I cooked them under the grill and they were threatening to fall apart so next time I'll let them rest for longer

zetallgerman's picture
3

Oh, and a tsp of English mustard powder also works really well in the mix :-)

zetallgerman's picture
3

Not bad, but a blind bland to be honest. I did these a second time and added some finely chopped fresh parsley & thyme, as well as paprika powder and freshly ground pepper (white pepper works well here). To make the meat stick together a bit better, I sometimes also add just a few tbsp of fine breadcrumbs.

julielou41's picture

God Marcus, that sounds delicious!! :-D

marcus37698's picture
5

These burgers came out really well after leaving to chill over night.
Spiced mine up a bit by exchanging the onion for three fresh green chillies. Also added a tsp of praprika to add to the flavour.
Used a burger rack to avoid them sticking to the barbecue. Would definately make again.

georgehalligan's picture

yes, far too bland, Add 1 tbsp bovril, plus 1 tbsp of powdered stock of any flavour plus chili and small pinch of sugar. i also always add about 1tbsp oil, and this stops the things sticking to bbq plate or the worst non non stick pan. good to add about 1 tbsp grated cheese too, and this stops requirement for cheese in the bun

mariabernadette's picture
3

Easy to make and held their shape fine on the BBQ. But the taste was dull - I used best steak mince and added a shot of worcester sauce, but still found these bland.

bdevine's picture
5

They were lovely. We'll be making these in future rather than the frozen ones.

susiegiggs's picture
3

Very easy to make but needs something extra added for flavour, good with a little mustard added or worcester sauce.

clairemort's picture

To help them bind, I purchased a burger presser! sooo quick and easy to do...recommend it!

plummy123's picture

it is so easy
make sure you leave it for a good hour to firm

plummy123's picture

it is so easy
make sure you leave it for a good hour to firm

brunogil's picture
4

Easy recipe, good result. Rather than bbq the burgers I cooked them on a griddle, which worked just as well. Also added a little Rosemary to the mix to give the burgers a little extra flavour.

lyndasykes's picture
5

Our favorite burger recipe, simple and delicious

redcard's picture

first lot were a nightmare - make sure you leave them in the fridge to firm up - also so dont buy expensive beef -they tend to fall to pieces on the bbq - cheeper beef has fatty pieces in it, holds them together better

conkyp1's picture
5

Quick and cheap to make but so much better than shop-bought burgers!

Pages

Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (1)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.

Magazine

Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.

Events

Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.

On TV

See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at goodfoodchannel.co.uk

Follow us

Join the BBC Good Food community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus.