Beef burger recipe: how to make burgers in just under ten minutes

Our beef burger recipe is just what you need if you're planning a barbecue this weekend – learn how to make burgers in no time

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On the hunt for a mega beef burger recipe? If you want to learn how to make burgers like a pro, you've come to the right place. Particularly as we're looking forward to glorious weather this weekend and anticipating a barbecue (or two).

Whether you're planning to grill some on the barbie as the weather gets warmer, or you'd prefer to cook some in your kitchen in the frying pan, or under the grill, we have a couple of tips and tricks that will help you achieve the perfect, juicy burger. Find out what they are below.

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How to make beef burgers


For this perfect beef burger recipe for two, you'll need:

  • 300-400 grams of medium fat mince or silverside, chuck, or rump steak if you'll be mincing your meat yourself
  • Salt
  • Cheese slices, if using
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • One red onion, thinly sliced
  • Mayonnaise, preferably organic
  • Ketchup
  • Gherkins
  • Ciabatta or brioche rolls, or burger baps


The key to a great beef burger is fussing over the cooking, not the prepping. If you are tempted to season your burger, do it while you're barbecuing or grilling it, not before.

1. Put your mince into a mixing bowl so that it reaches room temperature. If using chopped steak, mince it using a mincer or the appropriate attachment of your food processor.

2. Now, begin to shape your burgers. Take a good, large handful of the mince and begin shaping with your hands into a bowl until firm. Some people like adding an egg for binding, but if your mince is fresh and has good fat content, you shouldn't need it.

3. Once firm, flatten the ball gently with your hands to make a burger shape. That's it, your burger is ready to cook.

4. The most important thing is not to overcook your burgers, which will quickly go hard. As a guideline, we recommend grilling, griddling or frying each side for three to four minutes.   

Top tip: melt cheese slices onto the burger during cooking – you might find it doesn't need much else seasoning. You can also char the onions on top of the burger. 

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