Getting close to the summertime, every family starts taking out the barbecue and getting ready for sunny garden meals. Every garden chef has their own ideas and ways to make their burgers and these range from squashing the mince straight out from the box and cook it without seasoning to very complex methods to prepare the mince that only a rocket scientist could follow.

My perfect recipe (….if you do not mind me saying!) for the Grain by Grain Burgers was a trial and error method… My main goal was to please my no. 1 food critic: my stepson. After a good few experiments, we actually found the right balance between flavours and texture. The best thing about this recipe lies in it’s simplicity.  It can be a great way to get your children in to the kitchen to help you.

I leave you here with the recipe. Please note that this is just a recipe for the patties. I leave some suggestions for you to build your own burger at the end, however, a home made burger is magic because you can put your favourite combination of ingredients.

Grain By Grain Burgers

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A great finger licking burger recipe to get everyone involved around the bbq.


  • 750g round steak mince
  • 3 slices of rashers minced
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic granules
  • 2 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 3 to 6 drops of tabasco sauce (or more depending on your taste)


Mix all ingredients in a bowl until they are all well combined. Divide the mince in to 4 to 6 balls (the thicker you like your burger, the less burgers you will get from this mix).

Squash the balls to create the burger patties. Do not make them too thin as they can break easily.

Put the patties on the bbq (or on the grilling pan if you wish to cook them indoors). Remember that the thinner the burger, the less time you will need to cook it. a 2 cm thick burger will take about 2 minutes on each side to get fully cooked.

And that is it. You can start putting all the other extras on your buns.

I would recommend using brioche buns with this recipe.

If you are running out of ideas, try combining mayo, ketchup, lettuce leaves, tomato slices, cheese, fried banana and fried egg. Definitely worth the effort.

Happy eating.

Image obtained at Pixabay

Posted by Rod Frade (@apubwithnobeer)

Occupational Therapist by day. Food passion by night. Mac User. Rugby addict. All opinions here are my own.

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