Josh's secret recipe for the best ever homemade beef burger patties. Perfect for burger night - especially if you put them in homemade hamburger buns!
This post was originally published in April 2015 – it has been retested, rephotographed, rewritten, and republished (to make it better for you!) in January 2019.
I do most of the cooking in our house but when it comes to homemade burgers I am given my marching orders.
I've made burger patties before, and they're ok I guess, but when Josh gets in the kitchen and makes a burger, I'm telling you, it's like no other burger you will ever eat.
This is a big call, but I'm making it. Josh makes the BEST burger patties around. And I've eaten a lot of burgers.
And guess what - he let me take photos and tell you about it! Today is the best day ever.
I'd never even watched him make the patties before. And I'll admit, even as I was watching I was thinking...hmmm, that is not how I would do it. I take it back. I take it all back. If I ever have to make a burger again (and I hope Josh always makes them for me) this is exactly how I will do them. And how you should too.
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There are a couple of little tricks that Josh uses when he makes burgers. One is to combine all the ingredients except for the mince first. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and whisk up. Add the breadcrumbs, mixed herbs, beef stock cube (don't leave this out...I'm pretty sure it's the secret ingredient) crushed garlic and a squeeze of BBQ sauce and mix that all up.
Then add your mince and get in there with your hands and mix it all together. Split the mixture into 4 and shape into patties. It's important to note that normal people might make 6 patties out of this much mince but Josh likes to make man patties so we get 4 jumbo patties out of it. Big is good! If you are making your own burger buns, use this recipe and make it into 6 buns instead of 8 - this will get you the right sized bun for the burger.
Coat them lightly in flour and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Josh tells me they hold together much better this way and apparently they stay juicier when you cook them! I would definitely agree with that.
Once they've been in the freezer, take them out and put em in the frypan. Fry for about 7-8 minutes on either side until they are cooked through. TIP...cover the pan with a lid and they will cook through better.
And make the most epic burger ever!
No other burger will ever compare.
Try making your own Hamburger Buns for an even better burger!
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Josh's Homemade Burger Patties
- 500 grams minced beef
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
- 1 ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 beef stock cube (about 1 teaspoon powder)
- 2 tablespoon BBQ sauce
- Crack 2 eggs into a bowl and whisk together. Add the breadcrumbs and whisk again. Add mixed herbs, garlic, beef stock cube and BBQ sauce and combine.
- Add mince and mix it all together using your hands.
- Split the mixture into 4 (or 6 if you prefer smaller burgers) and shape into patties. Coat each pattie lightly in flour and place on a baking tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. This helps the patties to hold together better when cooking and makes them much juicier!
- Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the patties until cooked through (about 7-8 minutes each side).
- Put the burger in a bun, add your salads and sauces and enjoy the best burger ever!
Only recipe I use now. So easy and hold together so well. Only difference is that I use rolled oats in place of the breadcrumbs.
Awesome burger patty recipe!!! Think Sally should go vegan
Sorry, we weren't fans. They were flavourless even with the herbs and garlic doubled. It needed bulk with carrot, grated cheese and more spices, such as cumin, onion, salt and pepper. Also needed more breadcrumbs. Might try again but not sure it will improve.
Hi Sally, sounds like these burgers were not to your taste. I'd be interested to hear how you like them with those changes you suggested
Love this recipe. The best ones yet.
And my kids love them.
I also add a splash of liquid smoke just too add to the flavour
These patties are so delicious. And so easy to make. Thank you.
Hugh Porter says
So good. Finally found a good burgers recipe!
do you have a recipe of this for one person?? would be amazing!
Hi Tiff, you could halve the recipe and make 2 burgers - the egg is the only thing stopping you from quartering the recipe! Otherwise if you are using fresh bought mince that hasn't been frozen, you can make the patties up and freeze them for another time!
This is the only recipe I will now use for burger patties! So good!! Family love them! Thank you!
Rachelle Edlington says
If I double the mixture do I use 4 eggs or should I still just use 2?
Hi Rachelle, I would double everything - it would still work fine with only 2 eggs but they might just not hold together as well.
Tania Murray says
2nd time I have used this recipe, and will not look at another now, they have turned out super delicious both times. Very happy to have found this recipe and method. 10/10
Do you use fresh breadcrumbs or dried?
Trying these tonight
Hi Deb, I use dried but either would be fine!
Now made these several times and yes I use dry crumbs as the mix is quite wet - I now only use Panko crumbs by popular demand as it gives the patty a delightful light crunch texture