Steaks hachés (beefburgers from France)

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Serves: 4

By dreamygirl



  • 1 medium egg

  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped (optional)

  • 175ml water

  • 400g beef mince

  • 1 clove garlic crushed

  • 1 small onion finely chopped and softened in the frying pan first (optional)


  1. Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add the mince and the salt and pepper and mix everything together with your hands until thoroughly combined (children would enjoy helping with this).
  2. At the same time you can add in your optional ingredients too, if you are using them. There doesn't seem to be any definitive recipe from what I've seen so add what you like, I've always prefered mine plain so I don't add anything but the seasoning.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 and and shape into rounds like burgers. Put them into the bowl and, if you have time, refrigerate until you need to cook them to help them stay together during cooking.
  4. Heat some oil until shimmering in a large frying pan. Quickly brown the meat rounds on both sides (if you are using different sizes - see handy hint - start with the bigger ones so they get slightly longer). Pour the water into the pan and put a lid on.
  5. Wait until the water has boiled away (about 10 minutes) before removing and serving. If you prefer them rarer, remove them earlier. Serve with chips and salad (and probably ketchup!)

Handy Hint

When you divide the mixture into 4 you can tailor the sizes to suit your family, e.g. I make 2 largish ones for me and DH, a medium one for DD1 and really small one for DD2 who eats like a bird.

Additional Information

  • beef

  • Main Course

  • Nut Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

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  • dreamygirl 27/05/09 10:13

    I make this as a family meal, hence quantities and serving recommendations. However, you could easily double quantities and serve it with a steak sauce e.g. bearnaise, pepper, bordelaise if it were a meal for adults.