What do you put in your homemade burgers?

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I love eating homemade cheeseburgers but am out of ideas on what to put in the actual burger. Normally mix the meat with an egg, some shallots and some mixed herbs. But there's more to burgers than that isn't there?

An in the bun melted compté (am in France) and a slice of tomato with ketchup.

Please inspire me.

DewDr0p Wed 08-May-13 21:47:33

Jamie Oliver's botham burger is very hard to beat. Minced beef, egg, breadcrumbs, cumin, coriander, red onion and dijon mustard. I make roughly double the number he suggests from that quantity of meat though!

I also do a rather nice pork burger with apricot and mint and a spicy lamb one too.

I prefer them to not be 100% meat (and the meat is always from the butchers here) - they are lighter and more digestible imho.

HeirToTheIronThrone Wed 08-May-13 17:02:11

Grated courgette is nice, and chopped feta. Some minced onion and garlic, and chopped fresh parsley. And NEVER an egg, it goes too wet I find.

wundawoman Wed 08-May-13 17:01:05

Just mince beef, dried oregano and a pinch of sea salt. They cook beautifully, then you can add the extras on with the bun: cheese, onions etc.

www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/bloody-mary-burgers-recipethese are the best burgers I've made, they are really good.

pumpkin2012 Wed 08-May-13 16:51:29

Mix beef mince & pork mince. Add onion, peppers and breadcrumbs plus dollup of tomato sauce. Delicious!

21mealspluscake Wed 08-May-13 16:33:52

Pork mince makes nice little burgers with grated ginger and garlic and finely chopped coriander

Many years ago I used to make enormous beef burgers with a slice of pineapple inside, nicer than it sounds!

riverboat Sun 05-May-13 17:15:04

For making the meat burger itself, I like to add finely diced red onion, finely diced red chilli, squirt of ketchup, teaspoon of mustard, splash of worcester sauce. I also don't use lean mince but rather something a bit fattier (otherwise I find they fall apart) and I try to allow time for them to chill a bit in the fridge before cooking, again to encourage them to keep their shape.

In the assembled burger, I like to put slightly melted brie and a slice of lean bacon. Mmm. Sometimes some rocket. I like the idea of msuhrooms upthread too.

I live in France too, and I really hate the burger buns you get here - so synthetic, it's impossible to get nice ones! I make my own now, it's not too onerous. There are loads of good recipes on the web.

jennimoo Sun 05-May-13 08:58:28

I saw a great idea on TV a while back: a spoonful of Camembert in the middle of the meat mixture before cooking! Haven't tried it yet, but sounds fantastic.

CoffeeChocolateWine Fri 03-May-13 18:18:11

For beef burgers, a spoonful of dijon mustard makes a decent burger into a great burger! And crushed cream crackers give it a lovely texture. I actually can't fault Jamie Oliver's recipe for a burger in his Ministry of Food book. They are AWESOME!

Mominatrix Thu 02-May-13 18:40:54

As an American, I have always found the burgers here to be very strange - why add all those fillers? The best burgers come from freshly ground chuck beef, salt and pepper. The mince should be gently handled to prevent the burger from becoming a stodgy lump. Grill with some cheese on top, put into a brioche bun and that is it.

YooHooYoniMe Thu 02-May-13 18:35:56

I add a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and minimal amounts of chilli flakes, cumin and coriander. You don't taste the spices, just a general tasty warmth.

multitaskmama Thu 02-May-13 18:33:22

Hiya,
I put fish burgers (salmon and potato), chicken burgers or shami (lentil and lamb mince) kebabs. That way we have a good variety with our healthy homemade chips on a weekend night!

Fish Burgers

Chicken Burger

Shami Kebabs

MrsJohnDeere Thu 02-May-13 15:11:59

Mince the beef

Mix with egg yolk, tiny dollop of mustard, pinch of ground cumin, ground coriander.

Fern123 Thu 02-May-13 14:54:39

Instead of breadcrumbs try crushed cream crackers, it makes for a much less dense burger.
Also, not very gourmet, but I find a big squeeze of ketchup makes them really tasty!

haggisaggis Thu 02-May-13 14:49:52

Homemade burgers are a favourite of my dc. I mix tomato ketchup and hp sauce in with the mince. And I fry chopped onion before adding it.
I put out a plate with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced gherkins, sliced chillis, cheese and coleslaw and they have fun constructing teh tallest burgers they can.

notso Thu 02-May-13 14:20:03

If the mince is really good then I usually just use salt, pepper and onion in beef burgers.
I have done some with Reggae Reggae sauce mixed in, and some with BBQ seasoning which were tasty.
On them I love;
blue cheese mayo,
red pepper relish,
cheddar cheese and crispy bacon,
Dijonnaise, cheese and gherkin,
hummus and olive,
caramalised onion and goats cheese.
I also like to use sweetish bread for burgers, brioche rolls are good.

Jenijena Thu 02-May-13 14:07:14

A little bit of melted cheese in the middle

Chilli powder?
Chorizo?

forevergreek Thu 02-May-13 14:07:12

We add Stilton in the middle smile

It's just mince, onion, breadcrumbs and egg in our house, with whatever herbs/ spices we want.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 02-May-13 14:05:35

Worcester sauce
Spoon of mustard
Spoon of ketchup

Grated carrot and apple(squeeze the juice out though) and fresh chives. Salt pepper obviously.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 02-May-13 14:02:11

If its the lovely butchers mince its only salt, pepper and thyme
Supermarket I tend to go onions, garlic, tomato purée

sun dried tomato mixed in?

on the bun:
Mustard
Coleslaw

Not too keen on horse grin plus wouldn't it be easier just to buy some ready made?

Mustard, good idea.

Mushrooms too. Yum..

fallenempires Thu 02-May-13 13:57:36

We often add dried chillis into the mix along with herbs and onions.Worcester sauce is also a nice addition.
A slice of bacon is a must and have discovered that the best cheese to add is the nasty orange cheapo slices from the supermarket!

williaminajetfighter Thu 02-May-13 13:56:23

Colmans mustard powder. Lovely!

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