100% Beef Burgers

"100% nothing else added burgers"?

Barely even touched, either! Here's how ...

Get some minced beef (that's ground beef for non-Brits, for whom ground beef is something else ... a much finer mince ... in fact, given that folks in the States call prawns "shrimp", what do you call shrimp? In the UK, we call shrimp "shrimp" and prawns "prawns") ... I digress ... get some minced beef.

Minced beef comes out in long strings. Do as little as you can to upset these. In previous recipes, I have advocated quite a rough handling, practically blending the meat fibres almost to a slurry by squeezing the meat through your fists a few times, but not this time!

Season the lot - sea salt and black pepper (so, 99.9999999% now).

Take a reasonable amount of meat (maybe 6oz?) and gently roll it together into a ball. Press down so that it becomes something just under an inch in thickness and about 5" in diameter.

Fire up your grill, griddle pan, BBQ, whatever you're going to cook them on, get it really hot and then drop the burgers on.

Place a dot of butter on the top of each burger (so, now 99.999%). The butter will melt through into burger making it extra moist!

After a few minutes, flip over, enjoying the whole lot setting on fire as the excess juices flow out. Do not be tempted to press the burgers - we want all that goodness in there.

Serve out between portabello mushrooms for the bun and a good salad ...


  1. Good one.

    I was thinking along these lines recently - had a look at a supermarket pack of Blumenthal's steak burgers, which recommends not disturbing the cut of the meat.

    I don't really like steak in a burger, prefer just plain mince beef. My usual method is peppery spices plus salt plus an egg squashed in, the mix then pounded into the bowl from on high.

    This looks simple, so I'll give it a go.

    I saw from your mission statement you strayed from Paleo. Do you still see what you do as an anti-inflammation diet?

  2. It's more like I strayed into paleo a couple of years ago, intrigued, and gave it a go. What I do now I simply call "eating" ... eating well. The areas I called "paleo+" are areas that I have significant, nay, serious disagreements with the straight and narrow paleo.

    The way I eat now is simply, a real food diet. All food is made from ingredients - those ingredients are not made up from other ingredients, they are ingredients.

    Anti-inflammatory? With this much fish ... YES :)