Burger fans rejoice! These top tips will allow you to create the perfect burger when entertaining friends and family.
When thinking about burgers, both beef and lamb mince can be used to create unique tasting burgers that can accompany all types of condiments perfectly. The number of beef mince options available means that you can choose the best fit for your burger recipe. Lamb mince is very flavoursome and if it’s not available on display, ask your butcher to prepare some from lamb shoulder, lamb topside or round to create super tasty and fresh burger patties.
Refer to use-by-dates for packaged mince and use well within that time. Loose mince purchased from the butcher is best used within 1 to 2 days of buying it. Medium fat content grades of mince have a little more fat than the leanest grades and are good for burgers as that little bit of extra fat helps keep them moist.
Tips and techniques to make burgers like a pro
It’s all about the shape
- Handle the mixture gently, use a light touch and don’t make burgers too compressed
- Don’t squash the patty into a flattened disc. About 2-3cm is the best thickness for a burger; any thicker and they may not cook through. At this size and shape the burger will cook through to the middle without becoming dry on the outside
Burger cooking tips
- It's really important that you don’t flatten your burgers with a spatula, as this squeezes the juices and moisture that maintains the flavour and texture in your mouth
- Don’t overcrowd the grill or pan. This reduces the heat causing the burgers to release juices and begin to stew. Leave some space between each burger when cooking
- All burgers should not be served rare or pink. A good guide is that when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the burger the juices run clear
Burger flavour twists
Burgers are one of the most versatile meals around, simply take the base recipe and add your favourite flavours to give it a delicious twist. Some easy ways to put some flair in your burger include:
- Aussie burger – top the beef or lamb patty with an egg, a slice of beetroot, barbecue sauce and a slice of cheese. Lash out and add a slice of pineapple too
- Lamb burger with a Turkish twist – serve the lamb burger on some toasted Turkish bread with baba ghanoush dip, baby spinach leaves and cucumber ribbons. Try this mouth-watering burger by Tom Walton from The Bucket List, Bondi
- Tex mex burger – add a 35g packet of taco seasoning mix and ¼ cup tomato sauce. Serve with shredded lettuce, grated tasty cheese, and chopped tomato and jalapeno chillies
- Italian beef burger – add 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes, 2 tsp cumin, and lots of chopped parsley or basil
For other great recipe ideas, check out our burger collection.