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Homemade Burgers with Tomato Salsa or Coleslaw


Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


Ingredients – for the burgers
450g (1lb) lean minced beef
½ onion, peeled, finely diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
Black pepper, to season
4 wholemeal rolls or pitta bread to serve with shredded lettuce and tomatoes
Ingredients – for the salsa
½ can chopped tomatoes, drained
1 red chilli, deseeded and minced
2 spring onions, trimmed and minced
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
Ingredients – for the coleslaw
¼ small white cabbage
¼ onion, peeled and sliced thinly
1 small carrot, trimmed and grated
3 tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons natural low fat yoghurt
Black pepper, for seasoning


1. Make the burgers:

i. Peel and chop the onion and garlic very finely.

ii. Place the minced beef into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with the onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, mustard and mixed herbs. Season with black pepper.

iii. If the mixture is too dry add half a whisked egg and mix to combine.

iv. Divide the mixture into 4 or 8 burgers.

v. Place the burgers on a baking sheet, cover with cling film and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile make the salsa:

i. Add the chopped tomatoes to a bowl.

ii. Finely chop the spring onions, peppers, garlic and chilli and add to the tomatoes.

iii. Add the tomato puree and mix well.

3. Meanwhile make the coleslaw:

i. Finely slice the cabbage and onion and peel and grate the carrot into a bowl.

ii. Add the natural yoghurt and mayonnaise and mix well.

4. Remove the burgers from the fridge, then:

i. Place under a medium hot grill for 4-6 minutes on both sides.

ii. OR dry-fry in a non-stick pan for 4-6 minutes on both sides.

iii. OR cook in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (Gas Mark 6) for 10-15 minutes

5. Test if cooked through - with a skewer or knife or cut a burger in half.

Burger and salad on a white background