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Hearty Burgers for the BBQ

Perfect burgers for your BBQ this summer!
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1 hr


Serves 5

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  • 600g good beef mince (butchers is best)
  • Half a medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • Pinch Maldon salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • few lettuce leaves
  • 5 ciabatta rolls (or similar)
  • 100g mayonnaise
  • Half a clove of garlic, crushed
  • Half a tsp smoked spicy paprika


  • Step 1 : Prepare the mayo

    To make the paprika mayo, mix together the garlic and paprika in a bowl. Then stir in the mayonnaise until fully combined.

  • Step 2 : Soften the onions and garlic

    Heat some olive oil in a pan. Gently cook the onion and garlic until they are soft, but not coloured. Let the mixture cool.

  • Step 3 : Mix your burgers

    In a large bowl, mix together the raw beef, cooked onion, cayenne, salt, pepper, and ketchup. Work in the egg yolk. Add breadcrumbs and fold in the parsley.

    Using your hands (oiled to prevent sticking), form the mixture into 5 patties that are 2-3cm thick. Lightly oil the burgers and refrigerate them until you are ready to cook them.

  • Step 4 : Grill your burgers

    Get the barbecue coals ready (not too hot). Place the burgers on the grill and cook them on the first side for 4-5 minutes. Flip them over and cook the other side. Turn the burgers 90° to get a cross-hatched effect. You can also use a griddle pan instead of the barbecue.

  • Step 5 : To serve

    Lightly toast the ciabatta on the barbecue. Slice it open and lay a lettuce leaf on top. Place a burger and a tomato on top of the lettuce. Season the burger and tomato and top them with a dollop of paprika mayo. Serve the burgers with pickled cucumber on the side for a delicious BBQ party treat!