Herb Beef Burgers & Chunky Chili Sauce

there’s a lot going on in this pic: burger in foreground, salad and chili sauce hanging out in the background

Question: why are hamburgers called hamburgers when they are made of beef?

That torments me, it’s surely one of life’s greatest unanswered questions (see also: was everyone in Lost dead?)

I put my torment aside though to enjoy these homemade burgers which are unquestionably beefy.

We slapped them on the BBQ (yes, barbecuing in February, another perk of living south) and then devoured them with a generous dollop of chili sauce.

Oh and big shout out to Kitchen Slattern who first turned me on to the idea of using cocoa powder in chili with this post. Love it!

Herb Beef Burgers (makes 4)

  • 1lb (454g) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsps fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsps fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh marjoram, finely chopped
  • 2 tsps black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  1. Combine all the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Take a fist-sized amount and roll into a ball, flatten the ball to make a disc shape and set aside. The mixture should make 4.
  3. Chill the burger patties in the fridge for at least an hour or ’til needed.
  4. We did ours on the barbeque for 6-8 minutes each side but you could just as easily fry or broil/grill them.

Chili Sauce (makes just under 1 cup or enough for 2-4)

  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 2 tsps fresh parsley
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsps organic tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1. Whizz all the above together in a food processor until it is a chunky paste.
  2. Serve with burgers.

27 thoughts on “Herb Beef Burgers & Chunky Chili Sauce

  1. The ham in hamburger is not referring to the type of meat. Rather, it is named for the city of Hamburg, in Germany. During WWII, hamburgers were renamed to “liberty burgers”. Obviously, that name didn’t stick too well.
    Hope that helps your tormented condition. 😉

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