Homemade burgers

For a fabulous take on fast food, Rachel Allen tucks meaty and moreish home made burgers inside toasted ciabatta. For more ideas, try our best burger recipes
By Rachel Allen
Homemade burgers
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 10 g butter
  • 75 g onions, finely chopped
  • 450 g minced beef, or minced lamb
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • pinch fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, for frying

To serve

  • 1 ciabatta
  • 4 leaves lettuce

Tips and Suggestions

The burgers are delicious with some chopped chilli and coriander instead of the parsley and thyme; or try adding some cayenne pepper, ground cumin and coriander to burgers using minced lamb. These spicy burgers are great served with a tablesppon of yoghurt or sweet chilli sauce. Instead you could add one tablespoon of chilli sauce and one chopped fresh chilli into the raw burger mixture instead of herbs.

Do make sure the meat has a little of fat in it, or the burgers will be very dry when cooked.


1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add the onion. Fry over a gentle heat until the onion is soft and very pale golden. Leave to cool.

2. Mix the mince with the herbs and egg, and then season with salt and pepper. Add the onions, and mix.

3. Fry a tiny bit of the mixture in the frying pan to check for seasoning, and then shape into hamburgers. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the burgers for several minutes on each side.

4. Split the ciabatta horizontally, and toast under the grill. Fill the toasted ciabatta with lettuce, the mayonnaise and some cucumber pickle.Pop the hot cooked burger inside, and serve immediately.

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