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)
  • 0.5 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)


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

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