How to make burgers

Learn how to make delicious, juicy cheeseburgers by pan-frying beef patties then finishing them off by steaming them. Then, pile them onto buns with sauce, salad and pickles and dig in...

How to make homemade burgers:

  1. Use minced beef with a fat content of around 20%. Ask the butcher to mince it for you if you can - a mixture of chuck and brisket works well.
  2. There's no need to add any egg or breadcrumbs to bind or bulk out the meat - it will only dilute the meaty flavour.
  3. Season the patties with salt just before you cook them, mixing salt into the mince before shaping can draw out the moisture, making the burgers dry and tough.
  4. Make the patties a little bigger than your buns, they will shrink a little during cooking.
  5. To prevent the meat from contracting and bulging in the middle as it cooks, press a dip in the centre with your thumb, before cooking.
  6. Chill the patties for at least 30 mins before cooking.
  7. Cook over a high heat, you want to form a nice crust on the surface for maximum flavour.
  8. If you're making a cheese burger, cover the pan with a lid for a minute or so to create steam and melt the cheese.
  9. Leave the burgers to rest for a few minutes before eating.

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