Quick and Tasty Beef Burgers

Making beef patties from scratch doesn't have to be hard work. These delicious beef patties are so easy to make and add an extra element of flavour to a burger. For a gluten-free alternative, try using processed cornflakes or oats in place of breadcrumbs and salad leaves instead of bread buns.

At a glance

45 minutes - 1 hour
Serves 6 people


Burger Patty Ingredients

  • 750g beef mince
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, made from day-old bread
  • 1 large brown onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (optional), or to taste
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 slices Jarlsberg cheese

Burger Filling Options

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, sliced
  • onions, fried
  • Egg, fried
  • Bacon, cooked
  • Pineapple, sliced
  • Beetroot

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  1. Place the beef mince, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until evenly combined.
  2. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions – 1/2 cup measuring cup can be used for this. Shape each portion with your hands into a patty (approx 10cm in diameter and 1.5cm thick).
  3. Place the patties onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest. Chilling the patties will help them hold together when cooked. This also allows the flavours in the patties to blend and develop. If you chill the patties for any longer, increase the cooking time slightly.
  4. Heat half the olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat and cook half the patties for about 4 minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through. Transfer the patties to a plate, set aside and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and patties.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat grill on high. Place hamburger buns, cut-side up, under the preheated grill and toast for 1 minute or until golden. Leave the grill on. Place the patties on a baking tray lined with foil. Top patties with cheese. Place under the grill for 1 minute or until the cheese is just melted.
  6. To serve, spread the bottom halves of the toasted hamburger buns with mustard or mayonnaise. Top with any or all of the following. Lettuce, sliced tomato, onions, egg, bacon, pineapple, beetroot and tomato sauce.
  7. Cover with the hamburger bun tops.