Basil hamburgers

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10 min


4 burgers

* PLUS Barbecuing Time: 15 minutes


  • 500 g ground beef
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • cucumber salsa , optional


  • Oil grill and preheat barbecue. Place beef in a large mixing bowl. Add onion, basil and seasonings. Work meat with a fork or your hands until well mixed. Form into 4 burgers, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Place on barbecue and grill until done as you like, about 7 to 8 minutes per side for medium-well. Serve in our Old-fashioned hamburger buns (this recipe is also available in the Recipe File) topped with cucumber salsa.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 441,
  • Protein
  • 27.2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 15.8 g,

Flavored with fresh basil, this superb juicy burger is adapted from New Maritime Seasonal Cooking (Nimbus) by Donna Young and Marg Routledge.

Cucumber salsa

Seed and coarsely grate 1 medium unpeeled cucumber. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as possible and discard. Place cucumber in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup light sour cream, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 crushed garlic clove and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander. Makes 1-1/4 cups.