How to make burgers from scratch

Updated April 17, 2017

Burgers vary wildly, from the unappealing and dry to the flavorsome and moist. They are easy to make at home from scratch because you do not need many ingredients. They only involve a simple process of chopping and mixing. Ring the changes with home-made burgers. For instance, try adding the crumbs from crackers instead of bread, as TV cook Jamie Oliver advises. Vary your choice of herbs and note the difference they make in flavor. These tasty burgers are sure to satisfy everyone, from young children to adult party guests.

Peel the onion and either roughly grate it or dice as finely as possible. This is to help bind the mixture.

Put the minced beef into a bowl and add the onion and beaten egg. Add your choice of herbs -- parsley and thyme work well together. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Add a third of a cup of fresh breadcrumbs if you have grated the onion. This is to help bind the mixture, otherwise it could be too wet.

Mix well with a spoon or fork to incorporate all the ingredients.

Divide the mixture into four. Shape into balls and then into patties with your hands. They should be the same size and depth so they cook evenly.

Put the patties on a plate and cover with cling-film. Place in the refrigerator for half an hour or longer so that they firm up and become easier to cook.


If the minced beef is very lean, you will probably not need any breadcrumbs. Dust the patties with some flour before putting in the refrigerator because this will help prevent sticking. Experiment with the ingredients. For instance, add a little fresh or dried chillies to the mix. Make your burgers the right size for your buns. Little patties look silly in a large burger bun.


If the mixture is too wet to handle, add some breadcrumbs. For this reason, do not add all the breadcrumbs in one go -- add only as much as you need for consistency. Coarsely cut onion and herbs will make the burgers hard to cook as they will lose their texture. Fine chop all the ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • One onion
  • Grater or knife
  • 500g minced beef -- not lean, but with some fat
  • Mixing bowl
  • Medium egg
  • Choice of herbs, such as parsley and thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • Spoon/fork
  • Plate
  • Plastic cling film
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Based on the south coast of the U.K., Sally Nash has been writing since 1988. Her articles have appeared in everything from "Hairdressers Journal" to "Optician." She has also been published in national newspapers such as the "Financial Times." Nash holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.