I’ve tested this recipe out on a few friends now, and the reaction has been great so far, so I thought I’d share with you too!
They’re very quick and easy to make, don’t require much technical skill at all, and are a great just to pop out on the table when entertaining, so everyone can help themselves.
You will need to following ingredients to make your bad boys:
- 12 Cream Crackers
- 8 Sprigs of Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
- 500g of Lean Beef Mince Meat
- 1 Large Free Range Egg
- Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
- Chilli flakes
- Tabasco Sauce
- 6 Fresh Burger Buns
- 1 Large Shallot
For the Toppings:
- 1 Cos Lettuce
- Cheddar Cheese
- Dijon Mustard
- 1 Red Onion
- 3-4 Gherkins
Obviously everyone has their own tastes when it comes to how you like your burger, so feel free to substitute some of the toppings or even add a little more spice if you fancy! First things first, pour yourself a chilled glass of your favourite tipple! Cooking is supposed to be relaxing, fun and enjoyable, so why not enjoy a glass of bubbles at the same time?! Start by wrapping your crackers in a tea towel, ready to bash them up! You can use plain Jacob’s crackers for this; however, I happened to have some Rosemary and Sea Salt crackers from Selfridges, which I decided to use to add even more flavour to the burgers. Make sure you wrap them up tight and give them a good whack, being sure to crush up any large bits.
Next, finely chop your parsley and shallots and add to a large bowl, along with the crushed crackers.
You will then want to chop up your mince meat to make sure its extra fine, and add this to the bowl, along with all your seasoning, spices and an egg.
Now it’s time for the fun part, time to get stuck in! Ladies, take off any rings or jewellery you may have on at this point, minced meat jewels are not a good look! Throw both hands in to the bowl, and mix and squish all your ingredients together, making sure the whole mixture is fully combined and sticks together. You should eventually work in to one large ball, ready to divide into your individual burgers.
Split your mixture into 6 burgers, each about 2cm thick. At this point, you can drizzle them with oil and pop on a plate in the fridge to cook later, or you can simply dive right in to the cooking.
Pre-heat oil in your griddle or pan, for about 4 minutes until sizzling hot. Then pop in your burgers to cook (you’ll probably need to do 2 or 3 at a time). Cook each burger for 3/4 minutes on either side, depending on your liking.
In the mean time, toast your burger buns lightly under the grill. Once your burgers are done, pop one on top of your burger bun, layer up with cheese and stick back under the grill until the cheese is nice and melty. It’s really up to you what you decide to use as toppings for your burger now, its such an individual decision. I opted for cheese, gherkins, lettuce, red onion and both ketchup and mustard! And just look at the result, absolute food porn, YUMMY! All in all, I think I spent about 25 minutes making these bad boys, it really is simple. Give them a go and let me know what you think, and what your perfect toppings are?