This easy homemade beef burger recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare
Over the four years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve become more and more concerned with the provenance of food and specifically, ethical and sustainable farming.
With the supermarkets now slicing, chopping and neatly packaging up our meat, fish and vegetables for us, it can be hard to feel truly connected to where our food comes from and the process required to bring it from field to fork.
But in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, it’s become clear that we all need to pay closer attention to this and challenge the supermarkets to do the same.
Marks and Spencer’s (M&S) is one the few that do this and very recently they took their commitment to quality food produce to the next level, introducing DNA sampling to trace every piece of beef they sell.
Whether it’s in a prepared meal, a sandwich or a prime cut – M&S is the only national retailer in the UK that can now trace it’s beef all the way back to every farm and animal from which it is sourced. (Read all about it here).
As part of a campaign to highlight this development, I was invited to try out some of the M&S (entirely British) beef, along with recipes from the Cook With M&S website.
Prior to this little challenge, I’d never used the recipes on the site before but having done so, I was impressed with the results and the ease of which they are to follow.
I chose to make two recipes (the second of which will follow next week); the first was Wasabi Beef Burgers with a packet of M&S’s British Beef Mince.
Ordinarily I would go to a butcher and buy a whole load of chuck steak and mince it myself but these burgers tasted so good that I found myself feeling converted to this speedier method.
Tasty and moist the end result turned out much better than I expected, especially given they only took 10 minutes to prepare! My family who were the guinea pigs for the recipe happen to agree too.
The one thing I would say though is the Wasabi flavour didn’t really come through as much as I expected, even when I added an extra teaspoon. So, if like me you aren’t afraid of a little bit of heat, I would be more generous with the Wasabi than M&S suggests (seriously don’t be afraid, I reckon you can put 2 extra teaspoons in!) I’d also add some freshly chopped onion in with the mince and lots of pepper to really bring out all the flavours.
In terms of sides and accompaniments, I was also sent a big bag of skinny fries (which I added a little fresh rosemary and salt to when cooking), kimichi coleslaw, spring onions, and soft brioche baps to create my summer feast. The combination of the large soft brioche buns and fresh spring onion garnish helps to make this recipe lot more EXTRA and bring the burgers up to a gourmet level.
More often than not I make both my own chips and coleslaw (because shop-bought coleslaw is normally terrible). However, if you’re in a bit of a rush or you have unexpected guests, then sometimes you just need to pick up something ready-made. Cue tangy, punchy, M&S kimichi coleslaw to the rescue!Anyway that’s enough chatter about that, as I know you’re itching to make the recipe so here you go…
- 500g minced beef
- 2 tsp wasabi paste
- 3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
- 4 burger buns
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 handfuls lettuce leaf
- 2 spring onions
- Start by shredding the spring onions and chopping the fresh coriander leaves.
- Place the beef, wasabi paste and coriander in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Using your hands, shape into four equal-sized patties. Chill until ready to cook.
- Heat a barbecue or grill to medium hot. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes each side, or until cooked through, turning once.
- Serve in the buns with a dollop of mayonnaise, lettuce and spring onions.
*I recommend doubling up on the Wasabi paste (to 4 tsps)
Hello whilst you’re here… if you’ve had a go at these beef burgers do let me know how you get on! Just leave me a comment below or click on the heart if you like the recipe. I’d love to know how much wasabi you dared to add!