Until now, I had never actually made my own hamburgers. One bored Sunday morning and a rummage through the fridge and freezer soon gave us some inspiration!
You will need:
800g beef mince
200g bacon, minced or chopped very finely
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 medium onion, finely chopped
50g blue cheese, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
splash of tabasco
you could also add some herbs such as parsley or coriander, to taste.
If using frozen mince or bacon, ensure it has thawed completely. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. If the mixture is too soggy, add some more breadcrumbs. If it is too dry, you can add a splash of Worchestershire sauce, or even bbq or brown sauce.
These quantities are enough for 6 generous burgers. Shape into equal sized balls by hand and then flatten into patties.
Cook on the grill or in a pan, on a medium heat. If the burgers are thick, keep the heat lower than usual to make sure they cook through without getting burnt on the outside. You can throw some more chopped onions into the pan to caramelise and soak up the juices, then serve with your favorite chips and salad.
You can wrap the raw burgers in cling film and freeze. Just make sure you defrost thoroughly before cooking!