Homemade Burgers

Try making your own delicious homemade burgers.


  • 750 g lean minced beef
  • 8 shallots or 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 tablespoons double cream or extra-thick single cream
  • 4 small flat ice cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • burger sauce:
  • 125 g mayonnaise
  • 3 tblsp french mustard (or a combination of brown and american yellow mustard)
  • 0.50 iceberg lettuce or 1 whole green lettuce (shredded)
  • 4 shallots (finely chopped)
  • juice of half lemon
  • to serve:
  • 4 sesame buns
  • sliced tomato, onion and pickled gherkins (to garnish)


  1. Mix the beef in a large bowl, add the shallots and cream and beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  2. Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 4 large balls, then flatten with your fingers into patties about 2.5cm/1in thick.
  3. Put a small ice cube in the centre of each patty to keep the meat moist.
  4. Sprinkle the burgers with salt and pepper and place on the barbecue over the hot coals.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn to cook the other side.
  6. Continue until the meat is done to taste.
  7. To make the sauce, blend the mayonnaise and mustard together in a bowl.
  8. Add the lettuce and shallots and toss until well combined.
  9. Season with lemon juice to taste.
  10. Split the sesame buns and toast on the barbecue.
  11. Serve each burger in a bun, topped with the sauce. Garnish with sliced tomato, onion rings and pickled gherkins.


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