I love getting inspired by new new recipes and this one came as such a surprise to me. I have never tried any of Nigel Slater's recipes before but after watching him make this on Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day, I was seriously impressed with the creativity and versatility of these Ricotta Beef Burgers. The ingredients below will make about 8-10 burgers but this does depend on how big you like your burger!
The burgers do have a tendency to flake and fall apart in the pan but don't worry, this is normal! Just shape them the best you can and I promise the outcome will be a total reward!
What Will I Need?
500g of Minced Beef
250g of Ricotta
3 tbs of Capers (optional)
A Bunch of Spring Onion - Finely Chopped
Salt & Pepper to Season
What do I do now?!
1> Break up the minced beef into a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon.
2> Add the ricotta, spring onion and capers (if using), then season generously with salt and pepper.Mix well until you have a smooth, pink mixture.
3> Now for the messy bit! Take a handful of the mixture and shape them into patties. I found making small, thick burgers (about 2-3cm deep) helped them stay together in the pan.
4> You can grill or fry the patties but I found frying a lot easier to manage if bits do start to flake off! To do this, heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the burger for about 10 minutes, flipping them over as necessary.
...And of course, you can serve them however the heck you like!