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Homemade burgers

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Prep Time:10 mins

Cooking Time:25 mins

Serves:4 Adults


Homemade burgers

Burgers are an old reliable, and especially delicious if you can make your own. For Halloween, cut eyes in the bun, use cheese slices for teeth, and add a slice of tomato for a terrifying smile.


For the burgers

  • 10ml / ½ fl oz. of vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 400g / 14 oz. of lean minced beef
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped sage or 1 teaspoon of dried sage
  • Plain flour, for shaping burgers

To serve

  • 4 hamburger buns, halved
  • 1 large beef tomato, sliced into 4 thick slices
  • 2 sweet green gherkins, sliced lengthways
  • 4 teaspoons of low-fat mayonnaise


  1. Cook the onion and garlic on medium heat for a few minutes in a frying pan with some oil until soft
  2. Place the mixture in a large bowl and leave it for a short while to cool
  3. Add the mince and egg to the bowl. Mix well and season with pepper and sage
  4. Shape the mixture into 4 thick burgers – use some flour on your hands to prevent the meat sticking. Place on a covered plate or in a sealable container
  5. Keep cool in the fridge until ready to cook
  6. Cook the burgers in a hot frying pan with some olive oil for at least 10 to 12 minutes each side
  7. Before serving, ensure that the burgers are cooked thoroughly. Use a meat thermometer to check they are at least 75ºC or cut into them with a clean knife and check that they are piping hot all the way through, there is no pink meat remaining and that the juices run clear. Learn more about how to use a meat thermometer.
  8. When cooked, serve the burger immediately in the bun and dress as desired

What you will need

  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knife
  • Frying pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Serving suggestions

Serve your fresh burger in whole grain bread buns or with grilled potato wedges and salad.

"Try different herbs and spices to mix it up!"

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