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Marcus Wareing's mini beef burgers with houmous recipe

Marcus Wareing's mini beef burgers with houmous recipe

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A great burger recipe that’s sure to satisfy their little appetites. Additionally they can be served as party savours or quick weekend treats. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 15mins to prepare and 35mins to cook
  • 685 calories / serving


For the burgers

  • 500g (1lb) lean minced beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g (2oz) brown bread crumbs, fresh
  • ¼ bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ¼ bunch tarragon, chopped
  • 1tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½tsp salt
  • ½tsp black pepper

For the caramelised onions

  • 25g (1oz) unsalted butter
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ bunch thyme, leaves picked

To serve

  • 3 slices Emmental, sliced in half
  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 6tsp houmous
  • 6 handfuls rocket, small
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
If you haven't got any brown bread, try using white bread instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    40g 57%
  • Saturates

    19g 95%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    3.7g 62%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 44.1g Protein 40.5g Fibre 4.9g


  1. Ask your little helper to mix together all the beef mince burger ingredients until combined into a bowl. Shape into 6 equal patties and chill.
  2. To caramelise the onions, melt the butter into a frying pan. Add the sliced onions, thyme and salt, and cook until golden and sticky, approx. 20-25 minutes. Trivia time: onions have played a central role in cuisines for years. During the Middle ages people would offer them as gifts and even pay their rent with them!
  3. Into another pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil until hot, brown the burgers on both sides. Lower the heat and leave to cook for 6-7 minutes.
  4. When cooked through with no pink showing, remove from the heat and place a slice of cheese onto each burger to melt lightly. Trivia time: did you know that Emmental cheese originated from Switzerland, from a tiny village from which it gets its name. However today, Emmental can come from countries such as France, Germany and Finland. 
  5. Slice the loaf into 6 equal squares for the burger buns. Brush the bread slices with oil and lightly toast or grill. Spread houmous onto one slice and lay a beef patty onto the other. Repeat.
  6. Spoon the rocket and caramelised onions over the patties then sandwich together to make burgers. Serve with fresh salad.

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