How to make a classic American burger

The best-tasting burger is always made using the finest, leanest beef, like this recipe. This really has to be tried - burgers are rarely made like this any more. Try serving with tomato salsa.

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes




  • 1 slice brown bread
  • 1kg lean minced Angus beef
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • Splash of vegetable (rapeseed) oil
  • Toasted sesame-seed burger buns, to serve


  • Whizz the brown bread in a blender to make crumbs.
  • Place all the remaining ingredients (except for the oil and the buns) in a large mixing bowl and, adding the breadcrumbs, mix with your hands so it all comes together. Make into patties.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and cook the patties for 2–3 minutes on each side; keep on the medium-rare side.
  • Serve on toasted sesame-seed buns.

Per serving: 643 Kcals, 31.8G Fat, 11.7G Saturated fat, 0.68G Sodium.

Extracted from: Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol by Daniel Green and Catherine Collins (Kyle Cathie, £12.99) with photography by Lis Parsons.

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