Before I started learning to cook, the burgers I’ve always had was mostly fast-food versions. I am not a big fan of burgers because the beef is always pretty bland and some are quite tough. I prefer my patties to be flavourful, somewhat like MOS burger’s. MOS burger’s patties have a nice savoury fragrant, plus the patties are juicy, not dry like most other fast food.
One of my first few dishes that I tried to cook was the beef burger, and it was a straight hit! The best part is I did not follow any recipe, but more or less based on some common sense and also from reading a lot on recipes. And so on a lazy afternoon with nothing but minced beef in the fridge, i decided to just mix something up and call it beef patties. Amazingly I manage to put something together that is pretty tasty, not to mention fast.
This is a very forgiving recipe, you can add more spice like oregano or basil for additional flavour, or reduce the onions if you prefer a more subtle onion smell. I personally added abit more onion because i like how the onion add some texture to the meat. You can also replace some of the beef with a little minced pork for better patties texture.
250 gram minced beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp BBQ sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
dash of pepper
2 slices chedder cheese, halved
4 sesame burger bun (Make your own! I made my own burger bun. Will post the recipe in the next post)
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the cheese and the bun.
- Divide the beef mixture into 4, shape them into 1/2 inch thick patties and place them on a plate. Cover with cling wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
- Split the burger so that there’s the top and bottom halves, and toast them slightly in the oven. Butter them if you like. You can choose not to do this step.
- Grease up a non-stick pan and heat to medium heat. Take one of the patties and gently push it into the pan without breaking it.
- Cook the beef for 4 minutes each side or till the beef is no longer red. Make sure to cook through the patties.
- Place the patties on the bottom half of the bun and put the cheese on the beef to melt it. Top with the top bun.
- Serve hot.
Note: The patties are already seasoned. if you are going to add any tomato sauce or any sauce on the patties, then it is best to leave out the salt in the patties so that it will not be too salty. You can also add some lettuce for a more balanced diet.