Trusty Burgers
9th July 2010
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We're making the most of the beautiful weather so far this summer, and have enjoyed a few BBQs at home and round friend's houses in and around Canterbury - hopefully we'll have many more before summer's out.

One stalwart item if you're stuck for inspiration is the trusty burger, and this recipe can be thrown together quickly if time is short.

Preparation time takes less than about 20 minutes, and cooking takes between 10-30 minutes depending on the heat of your BBQ. It's hard to anticipate how many burgers the quantities below makes, as it depends how big you make you patties. I can usually feed 4 adults and a couple of children from it however.


1kg minced beef
1 large onion, grated
3 tbsp or handful of chopped fresh parsley and thyme
salt & pepper
generous sprinkle of curry powder to taste
sprinkle of dried paprika
1 large egg, lightly beaten, to bind the patties together

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl with a fork.

Using wet hands, make the desired sized patties, ensuring they are an even thickness across.

Cook on BBQ, evenly browning both sides - making sure the middle is browned through as well.

Serve nude, or in a bap with the usual grated cheese / chilli sauce / ketchup as desired.

Please do make sure you use fresh or at least fully-defrosted mince meat - to my cost we once used slightly still-frozen meat, and the burgers dripped and drained into the now rapidly flaming BBQ, only to spectacularly fall apart. Still, we managed to finish them in the oven so all was not lost.


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