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Sunday, 4 May 2014

A TIP FOR GREAT BEEF BURGERS

Home made BEEF BURGERS can be so juicy and tender, and you get to control the ingredients that go in.
We decided to make these BEEF SLIDERS after picking up a good tip, which resulted in a pretty amazing burger.
You don't need egg to bind the meat either.
So what's the secret? For these burgers, we started out with good quality minced beef. You can add your favourite spices to the basic mix below. The calories in each burger will change depending on the fat content of the beef.  At around 150 calories per slider, these make a great party snack. They were very filling too.
Here's how we made them:

HOME MADE BURGER
Ingredients
(Makes approx 4 - 6 large, or 12 sliders)
500g good quality minced beef
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
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Place all the ingredients into a bowl.

Knead for as long as it takes to mix the spices and then shape into balls. It's the salt that helps bind the meat together - and that's why you don't need egg.

The TIP is to keep the kneading time short. This will result in a more open texture with a juicy and more beef tasting burger.

The thickness of the burger will dictate the cooking time. But as with all meat, once it's cooked, let it rest for at least a minute in a warm place, to let the juices settle. This should also make the burger more tender. 
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Do you know how many calories you can eat each day?
Here's a link to our very first blog post about our weight loss journey, which we began in January 2011. We started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
You'll find our WEIGHT LOSS PLAN here. 
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