We had a customer ask if we could arrange a BBQ for her 40th birthday. Nothing fancy, burgers, sausages and salads for 40 people.
We could have gone to the cash and carry and bought burgers but we decided to make our own:
1kg beef mince (not lean mince as you need the fat to keep the burgers moist)
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
A large handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
A pinch of salt and pepper
I'm sure this recipe is from somewhere online, and they may have a different method, but this is how I did mine.
1. Combine the onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, mustard, salt and pepper and mix well.
2. Take the mince from the fridge and break roughly into the mixing bowl.
3. Add the egg and mix together.
4. The quicker you do this the better, quite sure why I can't remember but I believe it has something to do with breaking down the fats if you play with it too much, which will make the burgers dry and tough when cooked.
5. I then weighed the mixture, divided by 8 and made the burgers in a large egg poaching ring.
6. Then simply get them on the BBQ.
The feedback was great from these, and I'm glad we took the time to make fresh rather buy in!