EATING GREEN: HOMEMADE BEEF BURGERS

So here’s the first of many of my favourite recipes and things to make at home. You’ll see a theme as I do more and more of these in that the ingredients are fresh and it’s all home cooked. One theme I hope you don’t see is the fact that the picture at the top is NOT of tonight’s product. It’s from years ago, I found it on my Instagram, in fact I don’t even have fish anymore, I don’t even live there anymore, nor do I own the gorgeous red plates… the reason for this is simple, I didn’t take a picture of the finished article because as soon as they came off the grill I smashed two of them in fast succession and didn’t realise that I’d not taken a photo. A bit of a rookie move but I’m hoping I can trade my recipe for your forgiveness. EDIT: had a BBQ on the bank holiday and finally snapped a recent picture!

So, it’ll be clear to anyone that loves cooking that I’ve started very basic here as burgers are one of the easiest things to make at home, rendering fast food or B&Q butty wagons obsolete for anybody that knows how. However, I hope you’ll enjoy this super simple yet healthy twist on a hump day staple.

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Oh look it’s my actual house! Anyway moving on, the first bit is the simplest and the most fun as all you need is these ingredients and a large mixing bowl:

500g lean steak mince

1 medium-sized onion

1 clove of garlic

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp yellow mustard

Seasoning

That’s all it is. Simple. Many people use egg or oil to bind the meat but with this recipe I’ve always found you don’t need it at all. They form great and shape perfectly. Before that however you’ll need to get a bit messy as you mix the ingredients by hand. Once satisfied with the mix divide into four and shape. Once you’re happy with the size, thickness and shape of your burgers, pop them in the fridge to set for around half an hour. Do what you want with your half an hour, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life, but one thing you can do is prepare the other components such as the bread rolls, the salad, the cheese and of course, your sauce. The sauce is always so important but it really does depend on your own personal taste, but since I’m writing I’ll give you my perspective.

So as I said, you can really do the rest of this how you like, but for me, it’s medium sized crusty white rolls, single sliced cheddar cheese, a mild Chipotle sauce spread on the bottom half of the bun and of course the world famous Red’s Dirty Burger sauce for the top and a handful of mixed leaves to add a little something green. Equally as important is your choice of beverage and on this particular occasion I went for a Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA. Make sure you aren’t driving after dinner if you plan to join me on one of these.

Pre-heat the grill to 180 degrees and cook for around 10 minutes depending on how violent your home appliance is, before flipping and doing the same on the other side. When times up and you’re satisfied that your burgers are cooked, throw a slice of cheese on top of each burger and slide back in for a minute to melt the cheese through. Then construct your burger and enjoy. Based on the ingredients you can comfortably create four burgers so that’s two for you and two for a friend, well, depending on how greedy you are.

Note: Eating four burgers alone is not advised as it may lead to health complications or death.

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