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Beef burgers

The boys are really into this vegetarian business. Maths Geek grumbled at the end of school on Monday "It was burgers today and we had green tray. Vegetable pie. It was disgusting. You owe us."  Indeed I did. After our Meaty Dilemma, I have promised them that if they eat only vegetarian at school, I will reward them with extra (organic or free range butcher) meat at home. And so we looked forward to these delicious home made beef burgers. Maths Geek was delighted and pointed out to The Noble Knight "See, it was worth home we get two burgers not just one!".   You could make double and freeze half once you have shaped the patties. 
  • 2 pounds mince meat
  • 1 large onion, chopped very fine
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 crackers, crushed fine or quarter cup dried or fresh breadcrumbs - please don't go out and buy the crackers if you don't have any!
  • large sprig fresh thyme, parsley or coriander from garden (whatever you have to hand), chopped
  • seasoning
  • dash of worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.  Use a spoon or your hands, whatever works best.
  2. When all the ingredients are incorporated, take a small amount and shape into a burger patty.  Place on a plate and do again, until all the mix us used up. Press down slightly on each patty to flatten. If you have time, leave in fridge to take shape but don't worry if you can't. 
  3. When ready to cook, sizzle a pan of olive oil until hot, then carefully lay each patty on the pan, cooking until the burgers are done.  
  4. Serve in a burger bun of your choice with assorted condiments etc.