How to Make the Best Home Made Hamburgers. Period

Bacon, brie and caramelized onion burger.

Bacon, brie and caramelized onion burger.


How to Make the Best Home Made Hamburgers. Period
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Home made hamburgers have to be one of my favorite foods. Hamburgers have developed a reputation as junk food. This is simply not true. Hamburgers are a good source of nutrients, proteins and vitamins. What makes them “junk food” is buying them from junk restaurants. Making your own homemade hamburgers is not rocket science, and this is a ten minute recipe. Easy to do, but one hundred percent better than anything you could possibly get from one of the hamburger chains – just without the piece of plastic they use to buy your children’s affections. You may have guessed I am not a big fan of MacDonalds etc. Too true. So, here is a simple guide to making your own hamburgers at home. You can cook them however you like. A skillet is easiest, but grilling hamburgers on a barbecue or a broiler is a lower fat way of cooking them because the fat either drops through on to the coals and produces a great smoky flavor on a grill or drops in to a drip tray under a broiler. (My own personal preference is to cook them in a Weber kettle barbecue - Hands down the best results.) Barbecue hamburgers are the ultimate as far as I am concerned. This makes 4 burgers, just increase the ingredients as needed for more.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1lb/500g ground sirloin
  • 1 half onion, finely chopped
  • 4 pinches ground coriander
  • 4 pinches paprika
  • a dash black pepper, fresh ground
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. First, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and using your hands, shape into four balls.
  2. Turn the heat to medium under the skillet and add a tiny amount of oil. When the skillet is hot, add the burgers, pushing them flat with a spatula. Cook for about 3 minutes each side for medium rare, longer for well done and less for rare.
  3. Just before the burgers are ready, toast the inside of the buns under a broiler or over a grill or in a toaster. If using a grill or broiler, spread a little butter on the buns first. My personal preference for serving them is a little Mayo on the bottom of the bun, then the burger with a thin slice of raw onion, a lettuce leaf and a slice of tomato. Topped off with a dab of ketchup and a good helping of English mustard on the top half of the bread. But, the great thing about making home made hamburgers is, you can add what you want. I like to serve them with homemade French fries.


Some Gourmet serving suggestions

Once you have the basic burger recipe down, there are plenty of ways to turn them into “Gourmet Burgers.” These are a few of my favorite serving suggestions:

  • Bacon, brie and caramelized onions (top photo)
  • Avocado and swiss cheese
  • Bacon, BBQ sauce and American cheese (A Wisconsin Cheddar with bite?)
  • Red onions (raw) with guacamole
  • Caramelized onions and aoli
  • Swiss cheese and honey mustard

The possibilities are endless. Try your own varieties and experiment – generally, sweet and sour combined works very well.

Healthy Home Made Burgers

For low fat, high fiber homemade hamburgers, replace the buns with a whole wheat bun, broil or grill the burger, cut out the Mayo and butter and serve with a good amount of lettuce.

Let it never be said ALL my recipes are high fat !