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A Cracking Burger
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I Won!!

I was very excited to find out last night that I won the first week of Plan to Eat’s cook alone! So what recipe did I cook last week from Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook?

A Cracking Burger

Page 146

Source: Jamie’s Food Revolution

Course: Main Course-Ground Beef

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 20 Min

Total Time: 40 Min


Serves: 6


  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs Only use what you need to get the ground beef to stick together
  • 4 tsp dry parsley or 4 fresh
  • 2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 romaine lettuce
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 red onions
  • pickles
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • cheddar cheese


  1. Finely chop the parsley, including the stalks. Add the parsley, mustard, and ground 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. Smooth out on a clean surface. Slowly add the bread crumbs a little at a time. You want the hamburgers to hold together.   Divide into 6 and pat and mold each piece into a roundish shape about 3/4 inch thick. Drizzle the burgers with oil, put on a plate, cover and place in the refrigerator until needed (this helps them to firm up).
  2. To cook your burger
  3. Preheat a large grill pan or frying pan for about 4 minutes on a high heat. Turn the heat down to medium. Place the burgers on the grill pan or in the frying pan and use a turner 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.
  4. To serve your burger
  5. Wash and dry a few small lettuce leaves, tearing up the larger ones • Slice the tomatoes • Peel and finely slice the red onion • Slice the pickles lengthways as thinly as you can • Place all this on a platter and put in the middle of the table with plates, cutlery, ketchup, and drinks • Remove your burgers to another plate and carefully wipe your frying pan or grill pan clean with paper towels • Halve your burger buns and lightly toast them on the grill pan or in the frying pan • Also great with a chopped salad
  6. PS I’d still make this quantity even if it was just for 4 people. I’d wrap the extra 2 burgers in plastic wrap and put them into the freezer.

View recipe at plantoeat.com

I also made homemade fries to go alone with this recipe. I found the recipe on his website as well. The fries where originally with his fish and chips recipe.

My over all thoughts on the recipe. The burgers where very good. I made them early in the day.


I then put then in the fridge so I could just pull them out when I was ready to cook them. If you want to freeze them all you need to do is layer them in-between wax paper put them in a freezer bag and pop then in the freezer! In the spring once we start to use our grill I will make quite a few homemade burgers and freeze them for a quick grab.

The one thing I messed up on with this recipe was not flatting out the burgers. They where a little small and did not fill up my homemade buns. I felt like I was eating more bread then burger. This is an easy fix but its something to remember when your making them.

The fries turned out pretty well for homemade. I always have trouble getting them crisp so I don’t make them very often. The one thing that Jamie does different is he parboils the fries before he has you fry them. I do believe this helped but they still where not as crispy as my family likes. But definitely a recipe I might try again.

The above recipe is a bit changed from the original so if you want to see the original check out his cookbook or head over to his website.

My copy of the cookbook came in the mail late last week. I plan to share some of my thoughts on it each week when I share the recipe I cooked for the challenge.



I bought the hardcover version because the paperback has not been released yet. I have not had time to go through this cookbook thoroughly yet but I am looking forward to all the different recipes. What I like about Jamie so far from what I have read is his desire to get people cooking and to spread the word that its not hard to cook a home cooked meal. He has a pledge in his book to share some of his recipes with others.


I think this is just a neat thing to put in a cookbook. So I signed and dated it and am sharing it with you. I hope you will go and buy this cookbook and share it’s recipes with others. I will share a few of his recipes here. The burger and fries I made are on his website as well.

I am excited to try more recipes and follow along with Plan to Eat as they work through all the recipes in the book. Here is the link for this weeks meals that they will be cooking from the above cookbook. Week 2 meals I hope you will join in on this neat idea!

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