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 )

I do as I need gluten free- I do 500g of good lean mince, a couple of chopped spring onions, an egg, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce ( which isn't gluten free). Squidge into a burger shape and grill- makes 4 nice sized burgers.

SirChenjin Wed 12-Jun-13 22:05:23

Yes, always - I never buy burgers, no idea why! I just use mince, a bit of bread and milk (read that in some recipe somewhere and it makes them really moist (hate that word!!)), some seasoning and bind with an egg. I don't have a burger press so just shape them with my hands.

We do. Don't use egg though. Just meat. Usually minced turkey but sometimes lean beef if feeling flush. We cook them on the health grill. Yummy.

Sometimes add Chilli paste, herbs etc but no bread crumbs etc.

imtheonlyone Wed 12-Jun-13 22:11:00

Yes, homemade burgers rock!! I make mine with mince - normally a lean version. I mix with seasoning, herbs, some mustard, an egg yolk and put a baby bel in the middle. If you use egg to bind, I don't really see why you would need a burger press - but then I've never owned one so I don't know how good they are!! The baby bel goes goey like mozzarella and its ace!! Yummy burgers grin far better than anything you buy in the supermarket!

DramaAlpaca Wed 12-Jun-13 22:11:19

I make burgers, but don't have a burger press. I just shape them in a large circular pastry cutter (think that's what they are called - those metal things that come in sets of different sizes).

My recipe is ridiculously simple. All I do is chop an onion in the food processor, maybe adding a bit of garlic if I feel like it. Add the mince, season with salt, pepper & some chopped herbs, and maybe a few drops of Worcester sauce. Blend it together for a few seconds just to combine the ingredients.

Tip it all into a large bowl & give it a good stir. Then for each burger just fill the pastry cutter with the meat mixture, give it a good press down with your fingers & tip it onto a plate until you're ready to cook. They don't fall apart if you've squashed them enough.

Sling them on the barbecue or the grill & enjoy!

I do, just use my hands to squidge it into shape.

dearcathyandclare Wed 12-Jun-13 22:16:04

I make our own, with just meat, salt, pepper, grated onion and sometimes a bit of chilli. I dislike egg and bread in them so put it all in the food processor blend for a few seconds and shape by hand.
I make a burger shape then form so that the middle is a third thinner than the outer ( think space ship or doughnut without a hole!!)
My mum gave me a burger press ages ago, and to be honest it just made washing up, so now at the back of the cupboard. Mind you, DH loves it, if he can find it!

Magicmayhem Wed 12-Jun-13 22:16:24

I make my own as well, I use lean mince and bind with dairy free marg only I add a finely chopped onion and some chilli's to mine... bloody lovely.
loving the baby bel idea ITOO

mikkii Wed 12-Jun-13 22:17:52

I do, was given a burger press years ago and always use it.

Recipe: one pack of lean beef, one slice of bread made into crumbs (using a mini food processor), one egg, pepper, one teaspoon of marmite, home ground chilli powder (if just for the grown ups)

Serves 4 greedy ones (usually 2 plus 2 for the freezer)

mikkii Wed 12-Jun-13 22:18:33

Oops, forgot one chopped onion!

mummywantsaliedown Wed 12-Jun-13 22:22:08

Mince, onion (finely chopped), s&p, paprika. Shape with hands and chargrill.

trixymalixy Wed 12-Jun-13 22:23:19

Just the meat and a bit of seasoning. I don't like onions in burgers, the kids are allergic to egg and we're trying not to eat bread so no breadcrumbs.

We just press them into the right shape with our hands and they don't fall to bits. Binders or burger presses are really not necessary.

dearcathyandclare Wed 12-Jun-13 22:28:44

We could have a ' Great British Burger Off' with all these recipes grin

samuelwhiskers Wed 12-Jun-13 22:30:54

Always make my own with 500 g pack of lean mince, egg, 70 g bread, mild paprika, parsley, grated parmesan, seasoning, all in a food processor then I weigh each ball to about 85g and press between hands to a burger shape. I think the burger press would be useful to have as each burger would be the same size and weight but you could do that yourself without buying and storing another gadget.

mignonette Wed 12-Jun-13 22:31:52

I make mine by hand. Never seen the point of a press as i like to make them different sizes. Here'show i make a basic burger-

I place one pack of mince (do not use low fat meat) in s bowl and add-

1 small fine chopped onion
half teaspoon of powdered garlic (according to US burger afficionados this gives the authentic diner taste and I can vouch for this) or use half teaspoon of minced garlic
salt and pepper- pinch
dash of Worcestershire sauce

Mix together by hand until meat mixture is well combined with ingredients. Do not mush up too much. Shape into patties not too thin.

For an added extra you can add any of these ingredients below inside the burger by forming into a ball, breaking it open slightly then pushing the filling inside before shaping back into a patty-

a pinch of grated Cheddar;
some fine diced Gherkin

Or add diced bacon to the minced beef mixture for amazing flavour.

AaDB Wed 12-Jun-13 22:45:10

I don't use lean beef mince. I add grated onion and garlic salt. I don't have a press and divide the mixture into halves until I get 8. I add cheese to the middle of half.

I also make lamb burgers. I use the homemade donner recipe. Paprika, turmeric, garlic salt, pepper, dried onion, salt, celery salt, oregano, mixed herbs, chili flakes, dried mint etc. I make a load which I slice or meatballs.

snoworneahva Wed 12-Jun-13 23:56:26

Does anyone mince their own meat and mix up the cuts to get a good combination of flavour and texture? If so which cuts do you use?

I make inside out cheeseburgers. Or as dp calls them 'heart attacks in a bun'

Mince, some breadcrumbs, onion seeds, chopped onions, random other spices depending on mood. Moulded around some grated cheese and grilled.

Sorry, forgot the egg yolk to bind them, they ooze otherwise.

dufflefluffle Thu 13-Jun-13 00:07:39

NOOOOOO!!!! Seriously, making a burger is easier than making a sandwich!!! A burger press is just some manufacturer taking the piss out of you!!!

louisianablue2000 Thu 13-Jun-13 00:15:58

Always make my own burgers, I use Jamie Oliver's botham burger's recipe (but make them a lot smaller than he recommends). It's a lovely spicy recipe with cumin and coriander in it. Yum!

And I love my Lakeland Limited burger press and have used it for about 20 years.

snoworneahva Thu 13-Jun-13 06:19:41

I find a Burger press is really useful for veggie burgers where you can struggle to keep bits stuck together but with meat the burger becomes too compacted and looks a bit like a shop-bought burger and probably tastes a bit like it too, if I'm putting the effort into making my burgers I want my burgers to look like I made them.grin

I suppose it depends how you like your burger.

I have an issue with my cheese all escaping from the middle when I put cheese in the middle. Is there a solution?

mignonette Thu 13-Jun-13 08:14:00

You need to maybe use less OhYou. Or grate the cheese and then squidge it up so it is more paste like (sounds awful but it works) before you push it in.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 13-Jun-13 08:17:03

I use the Lakeland plastic thingy that Nigella made me buy. And Jamie's recipe. The one with grated cheese and a tsp of mustard in the mix.

Labootin Thu 13-Jun-13 08:20:21

I oven bake mine for 20 mins so they can't fall apart

One egg
Lean mince
Minced in blender onion and breadcrumbs
Herbs or chilli powder
Tomato paste

And my magic ingredient.. Pesto paste .. Makes them really juicy

If you pastes use about half an egg otherwise it goes slimy

lucysmam Thu 13-Jun-13 08:30:30

these are brill, thank you all!! am going to transfer recipes to my stripey book and work my way through them.

Will try them without the burger press first & if I struggle I'll look at getting a cheap burger press...

<rediculously excited emoticon> grin

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 13-Jun-13 08:44:05

And no oil in the cooking pan! With no oil they taste like they've been properly barbecued.

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.

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

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

yum! keep 'em coming smile

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.

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.

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

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

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 15:49:26

one last go grin

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!

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

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.

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

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

DP uses Wheat Germ rather than breadcrumbs

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.

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

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.

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 15:51:10

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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!

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:

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