Really easy beefburgers

Really easy beefburgers

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes


Serves 4
Perfect for getting the kids cooking, these burgers are fun to make, freeze well and are super tasty too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal496
  • fat27g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.53g


  • 500g pack lean minced beef, preferably organic
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 4 slices mild cheddar, if you want to make cheeseburgers



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

For the buns and toppings

  • 4 burger buns
  • choice of lettuce, cucumber, gherkin, tomato and red onion



    Lettuce are available in a vast number of varieties, and are either crisp or floppy, growing…

  • ketchup or mayonnaise, or both


  1. Flavour the meat: Put the meat in a mixing bowl, then sprinkle over the chilli powder and a little salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands or use a fork. The mild chilli powder gives the meat added flavour without making it too spicy.

  2. Shape into burgers: Divide the mixture into 4 equal pieces, then shape with your hands into round burgers about the width of the buns, or pack the mixture into large presentation rings (if you have them) placed on a chopping board. You need to press down on the meat to compact it, then carefully lift off the rings – a bit like making sandcastles.

  3. Now get cooking: Fry the burgers on a hot griddle or grill them outside on the barbecue for 5 mins on each side, turning them carefully with a metal spatula. Take care as hot fat from the meat may spit a little.

  4. Top with cheese and toast the buns: If you want to make cheeseburgers, put a slice of cheese on top of the burgers when you turn them over and let it melt while the other side cooks. When they are ready, cut the burger baps in half and warm them in the toaster or on the barbecue - take care that you don’t burn them.

  5. Prepare the toppings: Meanwhile, prepare the toppings of your choice. Separate the lettuce into leaves. Then, using a sharp knife, thinly slice the tomato, cucumber and gherkin on a separate board to the one you prepared the burgers on. Peel and finely chop the red onion.

  6. Assemble and enjoy: Spread a little mayonnaise or ketchup - or both if you like - onto the toasted buns, then top with your burgers and salads of your choice, followed by the remaining half bun.

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5th Jun, 2016
Added very finely diced onion, a couple of cloves of fresh garlic and horseradish instead of chili. Also make with little nuggets of stilton though the mix. Much prefer to make my own burgers
14th Sep, 2011
I dont buy burgers from the shop because I never know whats actually in them, this way is brilliant and easy. I too would add onion and garlic for myself and husband, but leave them as they are for young kiddies. I have made them once for now and have found that I need to learn to compact them harder than I did as one of mine ended up like a plate of fried mince haha. Very nice, will make often. :)
9th Jun, 2011
Very easy to make cause its just mince and chilli powder! Not very exciting at all. Would definately not make it again as it really needed some onion, cheese or something to lift the taste.
24th Oct, 2009
gorgeous. went down a treat also added a little garlic and it gave them a kick. will be making these again
24th Oct, 2009
i am going to make these tonight with home made chips. they sound lovely and im sure my family will enjoy them
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1st Sep, 2009
Great as really easy to make. I like the suggestion above of adding cheese to the middle and will definitely be trying this next time!
27th Aug, 2009
very easy! I added finely chopped onion to it too.. will be making these again!
25th Jun, 2009
Nice and simple as it should be
30th May, 2009
7th Jan, 2009
Really good. I added garlic aswell as the chilli powder and they were really tasty. Very easy to make too.


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15th Dec, 2015
Use the plastic screw lid off a cereal container, or whatever to shape the burgers. Place cling inside the lid and oil it lightly. Press the meat mixture into it and chill in the fridge. Tip out when ready to grill.
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