My husband is a huge fan of burger (that, and pizza) and he requested that I include it in our weekly meal. Every once a month he’d buy packets of freshly ground beef so that I can make a big batch of beef patties, just like my make-ahead meatballs. Saves me a lot of time and trouble!
Of course it’s much easier to buy frozen pre-made patties, but it’s a lot tastier and healthier to make your own from fresh lean ground beef. Sometimes you can even find grass-fed ground beef at supermarkets like Jaya Grocer, which obviously is more nutritious.
The most basic beef patty recipe requires only 2 ingredients – ground beef (well of course) and a bit of salt. I wanted my beef patties to be flavorful with more than just a pinch of salt so I did a little research on Google and found a rather simple but tasty patty recipe from taste.com.au. I always double this recipe to get a month’s worth of patties. You’re never gonna want to buy pre-made supermarket patties once you’ve tried this!
Beef Patty Recipe:
(Makes 6 patties)
750g ground beef
1 large onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Tabasco sauce (or any hot sauce)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, whisked
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt and black pepper to taste
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients until well-combined. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and shape each portion with your hand to form a patty.
Place the patties (single layer) on a tray lined with parchment paper. Cover the tray with a cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest. This is to help the patties hold their shape together when cooked and also to let the flavours blend.
If you’re making these ahead of time, instead of in the fridge, place the tray in the freezer for about an hour until the meat is firm. This is to ensure that the patties won’t stick to each other when being frozen. Then took out the tray and place the patties in a freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
To cook the patties, heat oil in a pan over medium heat (if your patties are frozen, thaw them in the fridge overnight before cooking). Cook the patties about 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer the patties on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 180°C. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
How you serve these patties is totally up to you. You can use burger buns or any other buns and bread like wholemeal buns, baguette, wholegrain bread, ciabatta, roti Arab and even the basic white bread. Same goes for toppings. Lettuce, spinach, onions, pineapple rings, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, sunny side up, pickles with whatever sauce you like (I had even tried with salsa. YUM).
Here’s what we had last night. Juicy cheesy beef patty on slightly toasted bread with black and white sesame seeds, arugula, tomato slices, beef salami, chili sauce and a sprinkle of black pepper.