Classic Hamburger Patties

Every household grew up making their family’s recipe for a juicy hamburger patty. Full fat, chopped onion, always a slice of juicy beefsteak tomato. The basic patty can be made to suit any taste. This recipe is classic and delicious. It is ready to throw on the barbecue and top with anything your heart desires.
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  • 1 pound (454g) lean ground beef
  • ½ cup (20g) of croutons
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon (7.5ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (2.5ml) pepper


Finely crush breadcrumbs and add to a large mixing bowl.  Add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, egg, garlic, salt and pepper.  Mix with a wooden spoon and combine till everything is mixed.  Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts and shape into a 4-5” (10-12cm) patty roughly 1” (2.54cm) high.  Set burgers on a platter and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm before cooking.

When ready to cook, set burgers on a greased barbeque grill over medium-high heat.  Grill burgers for 3 minutes. Flip over and continue to grill for 3 additional minutes for medium/rare; 6 additional minutes for medium and 7 minutes for well done.  

Remove the burgers and let rest while you grill the buns.  Add the burgers to the buns and dress with toppings.

Chef Note:  For a perfectly grilled burger,  flip once and only once! Constant turning will toughen and dry out the meat.  Grilling for 3 minutes on one the one side before flipping creates a nice sear and helps to seal in the juices.


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