How to Cook Burgers

June 19, 2024
by HelloFresh Tips & tricks

    Burgers are incredibly versatile, and depending on the mince you use, you can make them with a variety of flavours. If you’re using pork mince, you can add applesauce to enhance flavour, while turkey mince can evoke more of a festive vibe, paired with a dollop of cranberry sauce. With burgers, the options really are endless.

    How to cook a burger

    The best way to cook a burger is to fry it. When a beef burger is fried, it seals in all the flavours, resulting in a wonderfully juicy patty.

    This burger recipe will serve four and takes approximately 20 minutes. It’s jam-packed with herbs for additional flavour. 

    You will need: 

    • ½ tablespoon of olive oil 
    • 4 tablespoons of dried oregano 
    • 20g of panko breadcrumbs 
    • 4 seeded burger buns 
    • 1 shallot 
    • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley 
    • 1 red chilli (optional) 
    • 480 grams of beef mince 
    • 1 clove of garlic

    How to prepare burger meat

    Place the diced shallot, oregano, half the chilli and half the parsley in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and beef mince, then the grate or finely chopped garlic clove. Ensure that you season well with plenty of salt and pepper. This recipe doesn’t need an egg to bind the burger meat together; instead, the breadcrumbs will act as a binding agent so that it doesn’t fall apart. 

    Mix all the ingredients together with your hands, gently squashing them to combine. It’s important that you don’t over mix as you want the burger to be tender, rather than hard and compacted. Make sure that after touching raw meat, you wash your hands well. 

    When forming a burger patty, it’s key that you make your patty at least half an inch wider than the bun. It should measure around 2cm in thickness, ensuring a flat surface to keep the toppings from sliding off.

    How to fry burgers

    Start by gently pouring the oil into a frying pan, ensuring it is heated to a medium to high temperature. Once it’s hot, gently add the burgers. For a perfectly browned burger, gently flip it every 4 minutes to prevent burning. It should take approximately 12-14 minutes to cook, but make sure you keep an eye on it. The burger is done when there is no pink inside. To check, gently pull apart the middle as it’s the last part to cook. Once the burger is browned all the way through, it’s ready.

    A couple of minutes before the burger is ready, halve the buns and pop them under the grill or in the oven to warm them through. When the burgers and buns have cooled, place the burgers inside the buns then add your extra ingredients and sauces. A dollop of ketchup is a classic condiment, or for a twist, layer cheese and sweet chilli sauce to add some zest.

    Burger cooking time

    The time it takes to cook a burger depends on how big it is and what cooking method you’re using, but the average cooking times are: 

    • Frying: 12-14 minutes
    • Oven: 20-25 minutes
    • Barbeque: 8-10 minutes
    • Air fryer: 12-14 minutes

    Our HelloFresh Recipe Development Manager, Mimi Morley, suggests investing in a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your burger. If the core temperature (where the burger is thickest) is 60°C for 45 minutes, 65°C for 10 minutes, 70°C for two minutes, 75°C for 30 seconds and 80°C for six seconds, then it has reached its perfect temperature and is ready to be enjoyed.

    All cooking appliances vary. These are guidelines only. Ensure the food is piping hot before serving. Do not reheat.

    What to serve with burgers

    Traditionally, burgers are served with fries, but that’s not the only side option. Read on to discover a simple recipe for salty wedges to top off your burger dining experience. 

    Salted wedges

    Wedges are best done in the oven or an air fryer so that they can crisp around the edges. 

    Begin by preheating the oven to 200°C. Slice 5 potatoes in half and then into wedges (leave the potato skin on to crisp up). Put the wedges on a large roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. 

    Shake the wedges in the tray so that the oil, salt and pepper coat the whole wedge. Then pop them in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. Take the wedges out of the oven, turn them all over and put them back in for another 20 minutes. They should now be crispy and golden on the outside and soft in the middle. 

    Recipes with burgers

    Take a look at some other tasty burger recipes from HelloFresh, including a delicious honey bacon cheeseburger. 

    All food products vary. The instructions printed on the food packaging always supersedes those printed in this article and must always be followed.
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