Beef burgers and caramelised onions

Satisfy hungry mouths with this quick, easy and tasty summer meal.

Perfect for the barbecue and impressive enough for family and friends.

Tip: Burgers should always be thoroughly cooked; they should not be served rare or pink. A good guide is to insert a skewer into the thickest part; if it is ready to eat the juices will be clear.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 4

500g beef mince
2 garlic cloves, crushed (optional)
2 tbsp barbecue sauce
½ cup chopped parsley
2 tsp Dijon or mild mustard
2 tbsp vegetable oil for cooking
toased or char-grilled buns or bread
sliced tomato and salad leaves

Caramelised onions
2 large or 3 small red onions, peeled and sliced thinly
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp brown sugar

Mix together the beef mince, garlic, sauce, parsley and mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Shape into 4 round burgers

Brush burgers with oil before cooking. Preheat the pan or barbecue grill to moderately hot before adding the burgers; they should sizzle when you place them on the heat. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turn them once only

To make caramelised onions; place all ingredients in a pan and cook over a moderately high heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally, reduce heat to low and cook a further 5 minutes

The burger is best made to around a 3cm thickness. At this size the burger will cook through to the middle without becoming dry on the outside

Serve burgers on toasted buns, with lettuce, tomato slices and top with caramelised onions

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