Homemade burger

Make your own healthier fast food with this succulent burger packed full of crisp lettuce and juicy tomato. If you are making this for a young child, just cut up the burger, bun and veg into bite-sized pieces and let them feed themselves.

Serves: 1 adult Time: 30 minutes


  • 175g lean minced beef
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional and not for young children)
  • Beaten egg (optional)
  • Lettuce, tomatoes and onion


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) or gas mark 6.
  2. Put the mince in a bowl, add the onion and pepper, and mix well. For an extra kick, add a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Shape into a round burger, making sure it’s nice and compact and not too thick. If you’re having trouble getting it to stick together, try adding a little beaten egg.
  4. Grill the burger for about 5 minutes on each side – you can do this in the oven or on a grill.
  5. Remove and put into the preheated oven to cook for another 5 minutes until all the pink meat has gone brown.
  6. Serve in a bread roll with the lettuce, tomatoes and onion, thick-cut chips oven chips (get low-fat if you can) or homemade wedges and tomato sauce.

Cook’s tip

  • Make your own delicious and healthy oven chips: cut potatoes into wedges, boil them for 10 minutes, then drain them in a colander or sieve. Brush a little oil on them and bake for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally until they are crispy and delicious!
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