It’s almost obscene how simple and delicious this recipe is. I probably shouldn’t even be writing about it because a) technically it’s cheating (cause I’m using something packet-based) and b) I should really be keeping this recipe a secret so I can impress my dinner guests with my culinary wizardry. But there you go.
I used an American brand of powdered soup for this recipe, but you can try and substitute this with any onion soup mix you can find. Having said that, this onion soup mix from Lipton is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE so you should try and get your hands on it if you can. It makes for the juiciest, most flavourful homemade burgers I’ve ever eaten and they’re definitely a crowd pleaser. You can also mix this packet with soured cream to make an incredible dip, too.
Start off with pouring oil into the bottom of a baking tray, and letting it heat up in the oven on a high heat (around 220 degrees celsius). While the oil is heating up, cut the potatoes up into thick chips while keeping the skin on. Put the chips into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then drain.
Pop the tray back into the oven, and cook them for 45 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven at 20 minute intervals so each chip crisps up evenly. Once they are done, pop them on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil before serving.
When the chips have gone in, start making the burgers. Put the mince into a bowl.
Those who know me well know that this is a pretty dangerous stage for me as I love raw meat. Steak tartar, which is French for ‘raw mince with tabasco in it’ is one of my favourite meals. Anyway, resist the temptation to start eating the raw meat (because you aren’t some crazed animal, as I am) and add the packet of onion soup.
Mix the powder through the meat before adding 1/2 a cup (or 120mls) of water. Leave this to stand for 10 minutes or so – this lets the flavour permeate. Shape the mixture into four patties and pop them in the oven with the chips for 15 minutes. Once the oven is turned off, you can add some cheese to the patties and it will melt into the meat perfectly.
Serve with peas or salad, and enjoy one of the juiciest burgers you’ll ever have! You’re welcome.