Cheese and Chilli Burgers

Who doesn’t like homemade burgers? For the uninitiated, these things are really easy to make and have a slight kick to them. They go especially well on a BBQ and unlike burgers you buy from a supermarket, they actually stay the same size after you have cooked them.

You can remove the cheese to make these more healthier if needed.

This makes 5 large burgers. There are 2 simple stages to this recipe. Prepare and Mix. Lets get started.


  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan or any other hard cheese
  • 1 onion, finely chopped and diced
  • 500g of lean mince beef
  • Breadcrumbs from 2 rounds of white bread
  • 1 Chilli
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and Pepper to season


Firstly make some breadcrumbs in a food processor. If you do not have access to one of these then you can use breadcrumbs purchased from a store.


Chop and dice the onion as finely as you can.


Finely chop the chilli.


Grate the cheese or if you already have some cheese finely grated then use this. Note, there is a little more than 2 tablespoons here, but you can add more or take away less depending on your preference.


Next, obtain the teaspoon of nutmeg powder.


Mixing time

Place everything into the bowl, including the egg and season with salt and pepper.


Mix it all together with a wooden spoon.


Now you are ready to press. You can do this by hand, or if you have a burger press then you can use that.  Another way you can press the burgers is to place a plastic bowl, line it with grease proof paper or baking parchment and place the mixture in there and press it down. Then get another bowl which will fit into the first one, line that with the same baking parchment on the bottom of the bowl and place the bowl on top of the mixture.

Remember to use the paper because the burgers are sticky.

Hen you are done you have the finished result.


These take about 5 minutes to grill each side, or place on a nice hot BBQ and cook for 10 minutes.



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