I call these the Jamie Oliver Burgers because we got the recipe from his website. I like that not only do the ingredients taste great but it helps us stretch the 1 lb. of ground beef a little more than we could otherwise. We typically make these into 4, 6, or 8 patties, depending on whether we want little or large burgers that day. This is also a nice recipe because I get to use some parsley from my potted herb garden.
Jamie Oliver Burgers
- 12 plain crackers (we use unsalted saltines), finely smashed
- 8 sprigs of fresh parsley (or cilantro) finely chopped with the stalks included
- 2 heaping tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 lb. good-quality ground beef (we use organic 90% lean ground beef)
- 1 large organic egg
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper ( a pinch of each)
- olive oil
- toppings (romaine, butterhead lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickles, goat cheese…whatever strikes your fancy)
- 4 – 8 burger buns (depends on how big you make the patties) or sandwich bread
- Place smashed crackers in a large bowl.
- Add the parsley, ground beef, mustard, egg, salt, and pepper in with the crackers.
- With clean hands, mix the ingredients together until well blended.
- Divide into 4 – 8 patties depending on how large you want them (8 makes the perfect size for a sandwich using 1 piece of bread).
- Mold each piece into a roundish shape (if you go with 6, make it about 3/4 in. thick).
- Drizzle the burgers with oil, put them on a plate, and stow away in the fridge until needed. This way they also have a chance to firm up.
- Preheat a large grill or frying pan to high heat (about 4 min.). Then turn the heat down to medium.
- Place the burgers on the grill or pan and press down lightly.
- Cook each about 3 – 4 min. or to your preference on each side.
- Add whatever toppings you like. We’ve had these with toppings such as lettuce, goat cheese, onion, and tomato to something as simple as cheddar or plain.