Best Homemade Burgers

    • Prep Time10 mins
    • Total Time25 mins
    • Makes4 servings
Best Homemade Burgers

Photo: Vincent Noguchi

Looking for a juicy, homemade burger recipe that you can really sink your teeth into? Welcome this basic-but-delicious version into your life.


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tbsp finely minced red, green or regular cooking onion, optional

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • black pepper, to taste

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • toasted or grilled hamburger buns


  • Place egg, onion (if using), Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk together.

  • Add beef; then, using your hands or a spoon, combine until just mixed (overworking will make burgers tough). Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and form patties no thicker than 3⁄4 in. Using your thumb, press a shallow indentation into the centre of each burger; this will prevent them from puffing in the centre as they sometimes do.

  • Stovetop: Lightly oil a large frying pan and set over medium heat. Add burgers and cook, turning once or twice, until no longer pink inside, 6-8 minutes a side.

  • Barbecue: Lightly oil grill, then preheat to medium. Grill burgers 5-6 minutes a side, turning once. If they flare up, close the lid. Burgers should be well done, with an internal temperature of 160°F.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 28g, Carbohydrates 31g, Fat 15g, Fibre 2g.


Before adding ground beef to the seasonings, mix in one of the following: a) 1⁄4 cup grated carrot or zucchini, or finely chopped mushrooms, b) 2 tbsp barbecue sauce or salsa, c) 1 tsp Cajun or Tex-Mex seasoning, or Tabasco sauce or, form each patty around 1 tbsp feta, goat cheese or cheddar.

Originally published in the August 2010 issue. Photo by Vincent Noguchi. 

This article was originally published on Aug 01, 2017