This recipe started off following the Slimming World Ultimate Burger recipe here, but I never like to stick to recipes, so came up with my own version instead. 🙂
NB: Before you delve in and start making, I will say that the burgers always taste better if you prepare the burger mince a few hours/the night before. It also helps them hold together better.
- 500g lean beef mince 5 % or 12% if you want juicier burgers (sometimes ya just need a bit of fat!)
- half an onion chopped finely
- either 2 garlic cloves or a teaspoon of garlic paste
- salt and lots of pepper to taste
- 1 egg to bind
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- just less than half teaspoon chilli powder
- greaseproof paper
- frying/grill pan
- sesame seed topped burger buns
- lettuce, sliced onion, sliced tomato
- cheese slices
- Mayo/Tomato Ketchup/your choice of sauce
- Put your beef mince into a mixing bowl and add the chopped onion and all the spices.
- Mix together with the back of a wooden spoon (or if you’re fancy, with a blender…my shitty blender doesn’t mix it properly)
- Add the egg and mix in more.
- Cut out 6 sheets of greaseproof paper into squares about 14cm in diameter.
- Portion out the mince into 6 balls and lay each one flat on a piece of the cut out greaseproof paper, slowly pat it out to flatten the burger out.
- Put the burgers into the bowl to store for when you’re ready to use (I promise it makes such a difference making these ahead, because now you can prep your salad and even make some healthy wedges to go with your burgers!)
- Get your burger buns and add light spread, then lettuce.
- Pre-heat a frying pan on a medium heat with a few sprays of Frylight. Add your burgers (however many you can fit in) and pat them down more in the pan to flatten them even more. After 3/4 few minutes, flip the burgers the other way and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add your cheese slices to the burgers and leave for a minute or so (If you have a pan lid big enough, cover your burgers with this, It helps the cheese to melt faster and it goes all bubbly and lovely).
- Take the burgers off the heat and lay on top of the lettuce.
- Add a thin slice of onion and a slice of tomato, squirt your sauce of choice (mine is always garlic mayo and a bit of chilli), then pop your bun lid on and you’re done!
It might seem like a lot of steps but most of it is putting the burger together and making the mince.
My husband absolutely loves these burgers because they taste amazing and you don’t get the guilt of a takeaway, or even a frozen burger, because there’s not half as much fat or salt in them.
Plus when you’ve made these enough times,it’l be like autopilot as they’re pretty simple to make. I like to have mine with either home made wedges, or a bit of side salad. 🙂
Let me know if you make these and how it goes!