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Really Easy Beefburgers


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  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • preferably organic
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 4 slices mild cheddar
  • if you want to make cheeseburgers
  • For the buns and toppings
  • 4 burger buns
  • choice of lettuce
  • cucumber
  • gherkin
  • tomato and red onion
  • ketchup or mayonnaise
  • or both


servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 35mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Flavour the meat: Put the meat in a mixing bowl, then sprinkle over the chilli powder and a little salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands or use a fork. The mild chilli powder gives the meat added flavour without making it too spicy

Step 2

Shape into burgers: Divide the mixture into 4 equal pieces, then shape with your hands into round burgers about the width of the buns, or pack the mixture into large presentation rings (if you have them) placed on a chopping board. You need to press down on the meat to compact it, then carefully lift off the rings – a bit like making sandcastles

Step 3

Now get cooking: Fry the burgers on a hot griddle or grill them outside on the barbecue for 5 mins on each side, turning them carefully with a metal spatula. Take care as hot fat from the meat may spit a little

Step 4

Top with cheese and toast the buns: If you want to make cheeseburgers, put a slice of cheese on top of the burgers when you turn them over and let it melt while the other side cooks. When they are ready, cut the burger baps in half and warm them in the toaster or on the barbecue - take care that you don’t burn them

Step 5

Prepare the toppings: Meanwhile, prepare the toppings of your choice. Separate the lettuce into leaves. Then, using a sharp knife, thinly slice the tomato, cucumber and gherkin on a separate board to the one you prepared the burgers on. Peel and finely chop the red onion

Step 6

Assemble and enjoy: Spread a little mayonnaise or ketchup - or both if you like - onto the toasted buns, then top with your burgers and salads of your choice, followed by the remaining half bun

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