Old Fashioned Hamburgers

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Jul. 23, 2011

We love this hamburger recipe due to the fact that there is nothing added to the beef used to make the burgers other than salt and pepper and a little water.

Often we see hamburger recipes where eggs, breadcrumbs and other weird concoctions are added which only impair the natural flavour of the beef.

We recommend using the highest quality mince you can get for a really satisfying flavour that might give a lot of famous burger joints a run for their money.


Lean minced beef/Regular minced beef 250 Gram
Water 3 Tablespoon
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Hamburger buns 2
Tomato 1 , thinly sliced
Onion 1 , diced
Gherkins 1
Jack cheese slice/Cheddar cheese slice 2
Tomato ketchup 2 Tablespoon
Mustard 2 Tablespoon
Relish 2 Tablespoon (For Burger)


Mix the beef, water, salt and pepper in a bowl using your hands until everything is thoroughly mixed together.

Shape the mixture into 2 uniform, flat patties, depending on how thick you like them. It is recommended to make them about 1 inch thick. This thickness should yield 2 patties.

Shape each pattie on a plate using your hands and a spatula, (the spatula will be a great help to turn the patties over and to also flatten them to the required thickness without the patties breaking apart).

It is recommended not to handle the patties for a very long time, as the more the beef is handled, the more tendency the patties will have to fall apart and will spoil the end result.

Heat a FLAT pan to a high heat (NO OIL necessary), when the pan is very hot gently add the patties and let each side seal on the high heat for about 1 minute. After 1 minute flip the burgers gently and heat for another 1 minute to seal the other side.

Lower the heat to medium and cook the patties for a further 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until no longer pink in the centre of the patties.

Serve on buns and add toppings and condiments of your choice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 632Calories from Fat 262

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 31 g47.7%

Saturated Fat 11.88 g59.4%

Trans Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 107.1 mg

Sodium 1843.5 mg76.81%

Total Carbohydrates 49 g16.4%

Dietary Fiber 5.48 g22%

Sugars 15.9 g

Protein 41 g81.2%

Vitamin A 17.1% Vitamin C 22.5%

Calcium 39.4% Iron 29.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet