Kitchen Corner

August 10, 2010

Homemade Hamburger

I make this burger quite often so I thought it would be much easier for me to prepare some for a bloggers meet up last week. The bun and meat actually made ahead of time that sitting in the freezer until I need it. I'm so sorry to Edith as I didn't make extra for her family members. So I post up this recipe here for your reference and for any bloggers that you had tried and like it. Please feel free to make it and remember to make a big batch to freeze it so that you could have homemade hamburger in no time whenever you crave for it. Cheers!
Recipe for the patties:
250g minced pork 250g minced beef
1 big onion, peeled and finely chopped
Olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon fennel powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
pinch of dry rosemary or thyme or some freshly chopped herbs
some sea salt and ground black pepper
a handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese
a tablespoon Djon mustard
1/2 beaten egg
80g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs

  1. Fry the onion with some olive oil in a pan for few minutes until softened. When the onion completely cool down, mix it to the meat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and half of the breadcrumbs and mix well. (if the mixture is too sticky, add a few more breadcrumbs)
  3. Shape the meat into the size you like and place on a tray with greaseproof paper.
  4. Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top of each burger and press down gently. Chilled in the fridge for 3-4 hours or in the freezer if not using it immediately.
  5. Fry the burger in a little oil on medium high heat for few minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat.
To assemble the burger, spread some salted butter on the buns and grill it on a griller or pan fry for a few minutes until it slightly turn crisp.
Spread some djon mustard or mayonnaise on the bottom part of the buns and then top with some lettuce. Layer with the meat then follow by cheese kraft and freshly sliced tomato and finally the top part of the buns. Enjoy!

For big burgers, make it into 8 buns and 8 slices of meat or like the party mini burger 20 buns and 20 slices of patties. Some

above pictures shown are big burger in 4 inches diameter size whereas some pictures shown are small in 2 1/2 inches diameter size just like the mini burger sit on my hand. I normally make the buns first then the patties. So that the patties had got the same size with the bun and can be fixed nicely between the buns too as I hardly estimate what size of the dough will expand after proofing.

Recipe for 8 buns (approximately 60g for each dough or make more into small little buns):

210g bread flour / 56g plain flour / 20g milk powder / 42g

caster sugar / half teaspoon of salt / 6g yeast / 30g beaten eggs / 85g water / 84g water dough / 22g unsalted butter

Recipe for the water dough "water roux":

Cook 125g water with 25g bread flour at medium low heat, keep stirring until it become thicken and no lumps left. If you've a candy thermometer, measure it until the temperature turn to 65C then turn of the heat. I didn't measure it with thermometer, so I cook it until quite liquid consistency like the baby porridge. Transfer to a clean bowl to cool down.

  • Place all the ingredients for kneading except the butter until everything come together and become a smooth dough then add in the butter a little at a time.
  • Let the dough slowly absorb the butter then turn to speed two if you are using kitchenaid mixer. Knead until the dough no more sticking at the side of the mixing bowl and the dough should be very smooth and elastic.
  • Let it proof for 40 minutes in a clean bowl cover with cling warp.
  • Divide the dough into even size of 8 portions or any size you like it to be then let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into smooth round shape. Prepare some water on a a clean plate and place a kitchen towel on the top. Damp the surface of each dough and run the damp surface around a bowl of sesame seeds. Place the dough on a baking tray and let the it proof for 40 minutes. Bake at 180C for 15 minutes.


    Honey Bee Sweets said...

    Grace! I LOVE the mini hamburgers! It's probably the tastiest item in the party for me. ;) I am a burger lover so I am so going to try your recipe at home one of these days. Thanks so much for this lovely dish plus that yummy bakewell tart. Hope to see you soon, especially since we stay so close, just hope over for tea yah?

    Esther said...

    your hamburgers look picture perfect! they reminded me of those burger candies. I don't know if you ate those before? I haven't seen one such a long time though. Awesome pictures. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Bakericious said...

    Grace, I love your mini burger. I am actually burger lover like Bee Bee but cos of waistline, I ve to restrict myself. The bun was so soft, the patty was so tasty, and with the melted cheese wow heavenly. If you and Bee Bee meeting up for tea and is on Sat, I can join in since my mum staying nearby too and Sat is my 娘家日 :).

    Lastly, wish you have a speedy recovery so that can blog more, we miss your posting. Take care.

    Allie said...

    The hamburgers look delicious! I'm tempted to make them too :)

    ReeseKitchen said...

    Beautiful!! I always like your posts and those pictures taken, always so tempting..;) How I wish I can try one..:)

    MaryMoh said...

    Wow...that looks better than sold in some shops here. Looks very delicious. Can open a burger shop :D

    Edith said...

    Everyone raved about your burger but I didn't have a chance to try it. :(

    Will definitely attempt this as my kids are burger fans.

    Nothing beats homemade!

    Take good care of yourself.

    See ya.

    Bakertan said...

    Hi Grace,

    Now I know what meat the burgers are made of. Wanted to ask you about it but it slipped my mind.

    These burgers are heavenly. Nice soft buns,juicy meat patties with lots of cheese. love the bakewell tarts too.

    Nice meeting you and hope you recover fully soon. Take care =]


    Passionate About Baking said...

    Hi Grace,
    Thanks for sharing your burger recipe and mostly, your mini burgers AGAIN!! I think was the 3rd time I had your burger. I never had enough of them, NEVER EVER! Each time I had them, it just taste better. (oops, I borrowed someone's tagline.)
    Anyway, take care my dear friend. We can catch up again...anytime when you are well.

    Piggy said...

    I'm drooling over your burgers even though I just had dinner! yum!

    quizzine said...

    These burgers look cute & delicious! However, I might not be able to make bun/ bread for the time being cos my breadmaker seems to be not working, and I don't know how to knead the dough by hand ;( Anyway will bookmark this recipe for future reference!

    Pei-Lin said...


    Agree with the rest, and like what I told you on the spot, the buns and patties were awesome! Love the melted cheese, too! At first, I thought it was mayo ... LOL!

    Hey, take really good care, K? Hope your family will like the bak kut teh mix. When you're in Seremban or KL, perhaps we can visit each other. (Can take KTM to Seremban I think.) Have a speedy recovery.

    Love lots,

    Cooking Gallery said...

    Wow, your hamburgers look super super delicious!! And what a great photography skill as well! Thumbs up!

    Small Small Baker said...

    Hi Grace, your hamburgers look really delicious. Too bad I don't have the chance to taste it. I read that you are not feeling well. Do take care and get well soon! :)

    Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

    Grace, I salivate, your mini burger look so good, next time I also want to make it smaller.

    Jo said...

    Hi Grace, it was nice meeting you on Sunday. I absolutely love, love your mini burgers, especially the buns and will give this recipe a try soon.

    Anh said...

    Totally delicious!

    I hope you get well soon :)

    Swee San said...

    Looks yummyy!! Ok I must not be lazy and start making my own burger patties.. ^_^

    Ren said...

    Hi Grace

    Because my family cannot eat beef can I replace with chicken.
    Take care.


    Cheah said...

    Wow, what awesome clicks and those mouth-watering burgers! Just so inviting!

    Angie's Recipes said...

    Who needs to go to the Burger King any more? These burgers are scrumptious!

    Aimei said...

    Like the rest, I love your mini burgers! The melted cheese and juicy patty just complements so well.. I felt I'm so lucky to have the chance to try your burger.

    The bakewell tarts is also superb! So crusty and everything of yours is mini and yummy. :)

    maameemoomoo said...

    Very lovely burger!

    I'm ashamed to say that i will resort to buying the buns whenever i make burgers for dinner :P

    Elin said...

    Grace...thanks for this delectable mouth-watering homemade burgers. Just as I was thinking what to do with the beef at home. Thanks , my boy would love this :)

    Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

    Grace, I will jump on the praise wagon and attest that these burgers were delicious! A few years ago when I went to US, I actually went on a burger hunt :) The basics to a good burger is of course the meat! ...But I am reiterate that your buns really impressed me too...

    Chef Bee said...

    Love a good burger. Thanks for the recipe and ideas.

    Plan B

    Elin said...

    Grace....I have tried your hamburger and found it to be so good that my boy was delighted with good as those from Burger King !

    I have posted it up. Love the bun recipe using the water roux method. Fantastic ! A thank you so much for it :)

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Grace,
    Thks for sharing both recipes for buns n burgers. Ur wondeful pics really inspired me to try making my own homemade hamburgers n buns! ;) I baked the buns on Fri morning n made the burgers in the afternoon - later, we had homemade hamburgers for dinner. I freezed the remaining burgers. Last nite ie Monday - we had hamburgers again. The buns were amazingly still soft on the 4th day!! Love the taste n texture - beats McD anytime hands down!!:)


    mysimplefood said...

    I was just searching for a burger recipe. So glad I found it here. Am bookmarking this.

    chuany said...

    hai Grace, lovely hamburger n lovely grill pan ^^. may i know the brand of your grill pan ? so cheerful color. i plan to buy one. n how much it is ? thx alot for ur information.

    Warm regards from indonesia ^^

    Kitchen Corner said...

    Hi chuany,
    The grill pan was bought from the UK Tesco few years ago and I already forgot how much I bought it. So sorry but I know there are plenty of fancy, good and nice grill pan in the market. Or you could find out from the internet. Have a nice day!

    Unknown said...

    Fresh burgers looks so delicious....yummmmmy

    Anonymous said...

    hi hi, would love to try this out, just to confirm the patty recipe call for 250g of mince beef + 250g of mince pork? or either type of meat in 250g only? TIA! :)