Classic beef burger

    22 min

    Satisfy your burger craving with a juicy and flavourful classic beef burger topped simply with lettuce, tomato and onion. This recipe is so easy to adapt for your favourite toppings, so get creative! Try topping with caramelised onions, fried mushrooms and crumbly blue cheese or perhaps some lettuce, tomato, sliced avocado and crispy bacon - delicious.


    London, England, UK
    44 people made this

    Makes: 4 beef burgers

    • 1kg beef mince, preferably at least 20% fat
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 slices cheese (optional)
    • 4 burger buns, sliced
    • mustard, to taste
    • ketchup, to taste
    • 1 tomato, sliced
    • 1/2 red onion, sliced
    • 4 to 8 leaves lettuce

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:22min 

    1. Form the beef gently into four burgers. For the juciest result, avoid densely compacting the mince; work gently and form loosely. Season well on both sides.
    2. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the burgers to the hot pan and fry for a total of 6 minutes for medium-rare, 8 minutes for medium, or 10 or more minutes for well done, flipping the burgers only once halfway through cooking. Add cheese (if using) during the last minute of cooking and allow to melt. Remove the burgers from the pan.
    3. Spread the mustard and ketchup to taste on the bottom half of the bun then place the burger on top. Add some lettuce, tomato and onion then sandwich with bun lid. Serve immediately.

    To adapt for BBQ

    Preheat the barbecue to a medium-high heat and grease the barbecue grate. Cook according to the same timings as above, flipping once halfway through.


    Classic beef burger
    Classic beef burger

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