The Ultimate Beef Burgers

Beef Hamburger patties pinit

We all love burgers, right? Even if you are on a strict eating plan, there is this one day that you have cravings for a juicy, messy burger. If you take a bite from the monster built burger, the Marie Rose sauce (yes, this is the name for the pink mayonnaise sauce) must drip down the sides of your mouth. Yeah! I had those cravings this past weekend.

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Since I can remember, I loved burgers. My mother always had to make the Marie Rose with extra tomato sauce… always had a sweet tooth!

So I confessed that I love burgers… who doesn’t? I mean, if you do get vegan patties then I suppose that vegans also love burgers? INDEED! My other confession is that I am in love with a typical country and western scene. The cowboy shirts, boots, hats, belts… Oh, and don’t forget that accent when a cowboy says: “wanna go for a ride, cowboy?”

So this past weekend it was my birthday during the lockdown. Not knowing that Johan planned a surprise picnic in the mountain, I planned a country theme party where all our food was made on the fire, and of course, we had to dress up.

Hamburger Buns grilled on fire
Hamburger buns were grilled over medium heat.

So we took the dogs for a walk, at around 5 pm, and on our way, Johan took us on a detour, not the same footpath we always walk… I immediately knew that something was cooking… what I didn’t know was that somebody did cook something without me knowing what he was cooking. And there, not far from where we took the right turn instead of the left, I saw it. A beautiful setting in the middle of nowhere a picnic blanket and a basket… Now it all makes sense of why he had to go to the venue so often during the day. The basket was packed with crusty frozen ciabatta that was refreshed in the oven (will still tell you about that trick) and cheeses, pâté, figs, AND best of all, a bottle of our favorite wine. Even the dogs were treated with special biscuits.

Beef Hamburger patties
Beef burger served on a fire grilled bun

When we got back home, we first had to dress… my party, my dress-code. Check shirts, skinny jeans, and South African type of boots (we still need to visit Texas to get proper boots) Then our ritual… an ice-cold Jagermeister to start the fire. The rest is history, first the bread was grilled over low heat (I did bake some in the oven) and then the homemade real beef patties.

South African Braai
Our boots…. not the real cowboy ones, but we will get soon

The Ultimate Beef Burgers

Prep Time 70 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 1 hr 22 mins Servings: 6 Calories: 218.91 kcal



  1. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup and mix well.

  2. Add the mince and onion and break the meat up with your hands. Gently mix everything together until just combined. Do not overmix.

  3. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions (150g each) and form loose balls.

  4. Flatten the balls into patties of your desired thickness. Form a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent the burgers from puffing up on the grill.

  5. Grease a griddle pan with olive oil and grill the burgers for about 3 - 4 minutes on the first side. Flip the patties and continue cooking for a few minutes more until the desired doneness is reached.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 150

Amount Per Serving
Calories 218.91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.02g10%
Saturated Fat 0.98g5%
Sodium 380.57mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 283.77g95%
Dietary Fiber 24.79g100%
Sugars 224.94g
Protein 6.77g14%

Vitamin A 4.92%
Vitamin C 124.86%
Calcium 19.84%
Iron 23.37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Lukas Coetzee

Lukas graduated from the Francois Ferreira Academy with distinctions in all his subjects and received a special "Top student in 14 years" award. He is currently Chef de Cuisine at Belle Vue Weddings and Functions. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Francois Ferreira Academy and teaches patisserie and cake decorating.