Mrs Crunch’s three burger recipes including beef, turkey and veggie will keep everyone happy

THERE’S nothing quite like the smell of a burger sizzling on the barbecue.

Here, we give you three recipes to create a burger to suit any guests – traditional beef, a lighter turkey option and one for vegetarians.

 Atta grill... try our three great burger recipes for your summer barbecue

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Atta grill… try our three great burger recipes for your summer barbecue

And the tasty bean burger can easily be turned into a vegan option.

You can add whatever you want to these burgers.

Ultimate beef burger

£2.08 per serving

 Nice to meat you... a classic beef version for the carnivores
Nice to meat you… a classic beef version for the carnivores

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 mins, plus 30 mins to chill

Cooking time: 10 mins


  • 600g lean minced steak
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 100g extra-mature Cheddar, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 rashers back bacon
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 8 slices gherkin
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Lettuce leaves of your choice

METHOD: Place the mince in a bowl, season well then work the meat together with your hands until it becomes sticky.

Incorporate the mustard and chives, then carefully work in the cubes of cheese.

Shape the mix into 4 patties, about 9cm across, and make a small indentation in the middle of each to stop them turning into balls as they cook.

Put on a plate, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Rub the burgers with the oil and cook on a hot barbecue for 4-5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Make sure no pink meat remains.

Set aside to rest.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crisp and toast the cut sides of the rolls on the griddle or barbecue.

To serve, top each base with a burger, ketchup, gherkin, tomato, bacon, lettuce. End with the top of the roll.

TIP: You can secure the burger with a skewer to stop it toppling over.

And if you don’t want to eat bread, you can take two portobello mushrooms per burger, take out the stalk, barbecue them and then use them as a bun.

Turkey burger

£1.20 per serving

 Gobble, gobble... the turkey option will leave guests stuffed
Gobble, gobble… the turkey option will leave guests stuffed

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins


  • 350g turkey mince
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 4 salad onions
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 handful rocket salad
  • 1 tomato, sliced

METHOD: Place the turkey mince into a large mixing bowl with the redcurrant jelly, egg, breadcrumbs, grated carrot and spring onions.

Mix well with clean hands and divide the mixture into 4 pieces.

Shape into burgers and grill on the barbecue for 5 minutes per side until no pink meat remains.

Serve in burger buns with rocket and a few slices of tomato.

TIP: Serve with sweetcorn relish and tomato sauce to give your burger a nice tangy twist.

Bean burger

76p per person

 Bean there, done that... to make this burger vegan, leave out the cheese and use vegan bread
Bean there, done that… to make this burger vegan, leave out the cheese and use vegan bread

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 350g canned borlotti beans
  • 300g canned black eye beans
  • 70g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 large bunch little gem lettuce
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • Red onion sliced into rings
  • 60g red Leicester, grated

METHOD: Heat half the oil in a pan, add half of the onion and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until softened.

In a food processor, blitz the cooked onion with grated carrot, beans, breadcrumbs and ketchup until evenly mixed.

Shape mix into 4 burgers.

Put into the fridge to set slightly until you are ready.

When the BBQ is ready, spread the rest of the oil on the burgers to try to stop any sticking.

Grill the burgers for 5 minutes each side, until golden brown and piping hot.

Serve in a bun with lettuce, tomato, the spare onion rings and grated cheese.

TIP: For extra crunch, add some chopped nuts such as pistachio to the mixture before cooking.

Or to make these vegan, leave out the cheese and check the bread is vegan too.

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