Beef burger, also commonly called as beef hamburger or beef sandwich, is a type of sandwich which has a beef patty with sauces, vegetables placed in a bread. It is a popular, on-the-go snack or meal in America and U.K.
Beef burger first originated in Germany, Europe. When European immigrants started settling in America, they started serving beef patty between bread. This marked the origin of beef burger.
Ingredients and Preparation
Minced beef, onion, garlic and stock cube are the main ingredients for making beef burger. Seasonings like pepper, paprika and parsley are used. Egg is used to bind the mixture and also coat it. Bread crumbs are used to roll the patty prior to frying to give it the crispy texture. Vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, onion, salad leaves and pickles are used when making the sandwich. Burger bun is used to make the beef burger. Condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, ketchups and relishes are also added to the sandwich.
All the ingredients for the patty are mixed together and lightly beaten egg is used to bind the mixture. The patty is rolled in bread crumb and deep fried. It is then served in the burger bun along with other vegetables and condiments.
· Beef burger is served with ketchup or chilli sauce.
· It is generally accompanied with fries or potato wedges.
· Cola or any other aerated soft drink forms a part of the meal along with the burger.
· Cheese hamburger is served with a cheese slice.
· The patty can also be made using any other meat as per individual choice.
· A vegetable patty can be made using potatoes, green peas, carrot, onion and spices.
Health and Nutrition Facts
Regular Beef burger (110 g)
Serving size – 1 burger
Calories – 279 cal, Fat – 13.5 g, Saturated fat – 4.1 g, Sodium – 504 mg, Protein – 12.5 g
· Beef burger is high in calories and fat. Nearly 43% of the calories are contributed from fats. It is also high in saturated fat which is considered as the bad fat. Such foods should be avoided by people suffering from obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
· Saturated fat and high fat increases the risks of heart stroke and blockages. Foods high in fiber should be consumed as fiber aids binding of fat and helps to remove it from the body.
· Beef burger is high in sodium as commercially available burger patties are generally frozen using preservatives. It is best to make it fresh to reduce the sodium intake. Sodium has an adverse effect on the blood pressure and is not advisable for hypertension patients.
· Fresh colourful vegetables should be used as they are a rich source of antioxidants and anticancer constituents. They have free radical scavenging properties.
· A healthier version of beef burger can be made by baking or grilling the patty instead of deep frying it. This will not only reduce the fat but also the calorific value of the dish.
Healthier grilled patty beef burger – 1 burger (110 g)
Calories – 198 cal, Fat – 4 g, Saturated fat – 1 g, Sodium – 200 mg, Protein – 12.5 g
· The calorific value of the burger is reduced and makes it easily digestible.