Do you make your own burgers?

(54 Posts)
lucysmam Wed 12-Jun-13 22:00:34

I'm thinking about investing in a burger press.....is it one of those gadgets I'm likely to use once or do you regularly use yours?

And, if you have a nice burger recipe....please share so I can try it out

tyvm smile

(am off to bed but will pop back in the morning to see if anyone replies smile )

multitaskmama Sun 23-Jun-13 11:54:36

Yes I do, mainly because I get to use wholemeal burger buns, no sauce etc as I have fussy kids. I sometimes add a grilled hash brown to make it more substantial:

Big Burger

If I were trying it I would chop around 2 cloves of garlic for 4 burgers, half an onion and fry off til translucent. Then chop up a couple of green chillis (strength to taste) and mix it all with mince and maybe a quarter teaspoon of chilli powder.

Mind you, I've made that up on the spot so it could be disgusting!

lucysmam Sat 22-Jun-13 13:43:45

oooh quick bump in case anyone does have a garlic and chilli burger recipe grin

Foodlover44 Thu 20-Jun-13 13:21:47

Has anyone got a recipe for a garlic and chilli burger for using at barbecues?

MousyMouse Sun 16-Jun-13 20:57:12

20 min at 180 is about right.
I often make one lot as burgers and one lot a meatballs and freeze for lunchboxes.

lucysmam Sun 16-Jun-13 20:22:18

ooh more to try! Looking forward to my shopping coming this week grin

How long in oven? About twenty mins ish? My frying pan isn't big enough for more than two at a time and grill is broken sad

MousyMouse Sun 16-Jun-13 16:00:06

make my own burgers, no burger press here.
in the food processor I chop one onion, one slice of bread, spices (whatever I fancy that day) a slice of cheese.
mix with 500g of mince (whatever we got a the supermarket).
no egg
mix well and shape and fry or bake.

snoworneahva Sun 16-Jun-13 15:51:10

Let them cook and form a nice brown crust before turning them. Some people I know - <looking at you dh> can't stop prodding and moving food around - it really messes the food up.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 16-Jun-13 15:47:00

How do you all get yours to stick together?

From reading, none of you do anything different to the things I've tried, but mine just fall apart and I end up grilling mince grin

How do you do it?

snoworneahva Sun 16-Jun-13 15:44:38

I ground up 500g of stewing steak, 500g of brisket and gently formed them into patties - seasoned the surface of the burger and fried on the griddle, used our new Thermapen to determine minimum safe temp - so they were still perfectly pink in the middle - dh said they were the best burgers he had ever tasted, good flavour with a light texture.

abigboydidit Sun 16-Jun-13 12:38:27

Always use my Lakeland burger press. Use mince with handful of porridge oats thrown in to keep moist as DH gluten free. No egg required! Just herbs and spices. Or grated veg if for DS to hide some vitamins grin

vintagecakeisstillnice Sun 16-Jun-13 12:22:57

Wouldn't bother with the press.

My 2 fav recipes are mince diced red onion breadcrumbs and crumbled up feta. Bit of beaten egg to bind.

Or some lightly toasted cumin seeds mince breadcrumbs ,paprika, grama masala, turmeric, salt and garlic, again egg to bind. We call those ones curry burgers.

FredFredGeorge Sat 15-Jun-13 12:13:07

DP uses Wheat Germ rather than breadcrumbs

lucysmam Thu 13-Jun-13 21:54:57

oooh xlatia will add tuna to next weeks list and try those one night for sure.

Going to try one of the recipes next Friday with dp...not sure which though confused Should be fun to see who can make the neatest burger grin

MadBannersAndCopPorn Thu 13-Jun-13 21:04:29

I use jacob's cream crackers crushed in mine, they seem to hold much better than bread and are already dry. Agree that there's no real need for burger press unless you are realy concerned about presentation.

I do try loads if cheese! Will use less next time and make my patties less thin I think.

xlatia Thu 13-Jun-13 20:47:12

we had tuna burgers for tea: 300 g tinned tuna, 100 g breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 2 tsp mustard, zest of 1 lemon. fridge for 15 mins, squish them into patties (by hand btw grin) and fry in a little oil til golden. serve on a tomato, avocado, red onion salad - yum! even the toddler was stuffing his face!

lucysmam Thu 13-Jun-13 15:49:26

one last go grin

ShoeWhore Thu 13-Jun-13 12:49:32

Never heard of a burger press before! We love making burgers though.

Do try Jamie Oliver's Botham Burgers (but as louisiana rightly said, make them loads smaller) - they are the dog's nuts.

lucysmam Thu 13-Jun-13 12:45:49

quick bump in case anyone else feels like sharing their recipe with me smile

Ohyou, I take a handful of meat and form it into a sort of cup shape in the hollow of my palm, then take a bit of grated cheese and plonk it in the hollow. Then another bit of meat to form a lid. I then mould the burger into a burger shape making sure there are no cracks or gaps.

Too much cheese and it'll ooze. Same if it isn't sealed well.

DearPrudence Thu 13-Jun-13 09:14:35

I've used loads of different combinations but my very favourite is the most simple:
1 onion, whizzed in the processor. Add a pack of any mince and 2 oxo cubes. Whizz again until just combined. Shape into burgers and grill them.

The burger press is neither here nor there. I have a plastic Tupperware thing that's about 30 years old but it's just as easy without.

lucysmam Thu 13-Jun-13 09:01:02

yum! keep 'em coming smile

Bertrude Thu 13-Jun-13 08:54:42

Lean Mince
Diced up portabella mushroom
one of those little red peppers from a jar - mushed up
Italian herbs (just a pinch)
Garlic salt
Pepper

Serve with some sundried tomato tapenade on the bun

They is awesome

Jaynebxl Thu 13-Jun-13 08:48:25

Have never even heard of a burger press! Sounds like one of those "great ideas" that end up taking too much space at the back of a cupboard. I just roll balls and flatten them.

I use mince, chopped onion, herbs or curry mix sometimes (chopped fresh coriander is particularly good) an egg and my top tip is crushed Dutch crisp bread rather than bread crumbs as they are easier to crush. Lovely stuff. I make a double batch and freeze half.

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