Beef Burgers

I love burgers , big thick juicy burgers , I even requested them for my birthday last year , lovingly BBQd the longsuffering Nick at 8pm at night.

In the montly regional farmers market in Nottingham City Centre ( Every 3rd Fri/Sat of the month),  there are two stalls selling rare breed beef , Lincoln Red  ( from Thorpe Latimer Farm) and Longhorn Beef (from Blackbrook Farm) both do a roaring trade selling not only fresh meat ( beef , lamb and pork),  drawing the punters in with freshly cooked burgers.  I am not too ashamed to admit that I once ate a burger from each stall in the space of half a hour.

Since my visit to the market was too early to justify a crafty burger,  I though it might be nice to make some homemade burgers on Saturday night . I picked up a packet of mince from both stalls and  Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, I do like a little cheese melting on my burger.

I labelled the burgers so that we could tell which beef we were eating and provide sensible views on the different qualities of the beef , the best laid plans were completely scuppered by our own gluttony, the anticipation from the BBQ meant a happily satiated mouth full of burger was not capable of coherent comments

Beef Burgers

I think burgers are so popular because of how easy they are to eat ( with vendors its probably their economical use of  odd cuts of meat) . Though meaty , a steak needs a knife ,  hard to eat in a sandwich without some powerful incisors. With a burger you get the full hit of the meat , both chargrilled and for me pink in the middle
, sweet and savory all at the same time . But decent meat makes all the difference,  no grey brown liquid leaking out or shrinkage  just enough fat to ensure the burgers stayed together and juicy but they were not at all greasy ,just moreish

I am always on the lookout for other burger recipes or extra fixings so if anyone has any comments this is my basic recipe

Proper Burgers

4 fat burgers

400g of beef mince

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic

1/2 tsp of english mustard

Pinch of salt

  1. Mix together the beef , onion and mustard
  2. Divide into four and shape into burgers 1.5cm thick
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes
  4. BBQ on a hot grill ( for still pink in the middle 10 minutes on one side, 4 minutes on the other)

I like the fixings  for burgers too, a slice of Lincolsnhire Poacher Vintage Cheese, slice of red onion and this is personal but  don’t think you can have a burger without ketchup, here  with a little homemade chunky ketchup, I first made it for a meatloaf recipe I have yet to post. You can spice it up with some dried chilli flakes

Chunky Ketchup

400g of tinned plum tomatoes
6 large gerkins
1 large red onion
1 clove of garlic
4 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp of sugar

  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes
  2. Allow to cool and serve

Here are some more details of these fantastic producers or if you want to find a local producer near you or farmers you can search on the really useful Local Food Advisor website

Blackbrook Farm is in Leceistershire near Charnwood Forest , with both longhorn cattle, rarebreed lamb. The longhorn herd was established in 1989, but the breed has been around for hunrders of years, its white horns used for cups and cutlery. I have come across them on walks before although they can look a little threatening they are by all accounts a docile bread . Online shop

Thorpe Latimer
in Lincolnshire has had a herd of Lincoln Reds’ since 1942. Another English native  named for their dark red coat , think a deep henna dye.  Thorpe Latimer also raise Lincoln Long Wool Sheep you can visit their farms shops if you are in the area or at events

Homemade Burgers and Buns


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