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Home-Made Burgers

A juicy, home-made burger may be quite fast to make but bears no resemblance whatsoever to the specimens you would find in a fast-food chain.  These are lean, healthy, tasty and very easy!  My 5-year old loves to help make them for dinner, he’s very good at shaping and squashing.  These go well in the classic bun, cheese, salad, ketchup combo but also in halved pitta breads with hummus and crunchy salad – ring the changes and have fun.  This recipe makes enough for 12-14 good sized burgers, so we freeze half of them for a quick school-night supper!

500g lean minced beef
500g minced pork
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 handful fresh parsley or coriander
1 large egg
2 slices wholemeal bread
1 small onion, roughly diced
2 fat cloves garlic

1) Get the food processor out and firstly put in the onion, garlic, salt and pepper, paprika, herbs and egg.  Roughly tear up the bread and add to the bowl, then process until quite smooth.

2)With the motor running, add the meat in about 4 lots, processing until mixed but not pureed – you can always finish it by hand.

3)Turn out into a fresh bowl and give it a good squidge with clean, ringless hands before covering and leaving for about 10 minutes for it to settle. 

4)Form the mixture into balls, then flatten into burger shapes before grilling or barbecuing.

As a variation, use lamb mince with fresh mint, green chillies and a tablespoon each of tandoori paste and curry paste – this makes great kebabs to have with minty yoghurt and salad!

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Thanks so much for supplying us with such delicious, nutritious food in 2017. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February this year and have had chemo, surgery and radiotherapy, which I finally finished this morning! During treatment I have had much less energy than usual and so have spent more time at home.

Carmel, EC1

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