*8 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
*500 g quality minced beef
*1 large free-range egg
Freshly ground black pepper*Rapeseed Oil
*1 cos or round lettuce
*1 red onion
*6 good-quality fresh bread rolls
2 heaped tablespoons Dijon mustard, optional
To make your burger:
Finely chop the parsley, including the stalks. Add the parsley, mustard, if using, and minced beef to the bowl. Crack in the egg and add a good pinch of salt and pepper.
With clean hands, scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into 6 and pat and mould each piece into a roundish shape about 2cm thick. Drizzle the burgers with oil, put on a plate, cover and place in the fridge until needed (this helps them to firm up).
To cook your burger:
Preheat a large griddle or frying pan for about 4 minutes on a high heat. Turn the heat down to medium.
Place the burgers on the griddle or in the pan and use a spatula to lightly press down on them, making sure the burger is in full contact. Cook them to your liking for 3 or 4 minutes on each side – you may need to cook them in two batches.
To serve your burger:
Wash and dry a few small lettuce leaves. Slice the tomatoes. Peel and finely slice the red onion. Remove your burgers to another plate and carefully wipe the pan or griddle clean with kitchen paper.
Halve the bread rolls and lightly toast them on the griddle or in the pan. Add lettuce, tomatoes and thinly sliced red onions.
*available from Hampshire Farmers’ Markets