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The Quintessential Canadian Homemade Hamburger

The simplicity of my childhood shaped into a burger. Dad used to make these (sans garlic) all summer long and fry them. No one had an outdoor barbecue in those days! This is "the" Burger of all Burgers. Try it!
Course Main
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 patties
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 1 kilo know-your-farmer ground beef
  • 100 g onion , minced (about 1/2 onion)
  • 5 g garlic (about 2 cloves), minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vegeta
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 free range organic know-your-farmer egg


  1. Combine all ingredients; do not over work (no squeezing between fingers!)
  2. Form into patties of equal weight; 3 per pound of beef
  3. Shape by hand, or using a pastry ring
  4. Freeze on parchment covered cookie sheet; wrap individually, freeze in labelled and dated freezer bags OR
  5. Grill on hot grill: sear (meat will not lift until it is "ready") 3-4 minutes per side for meat to be cooked through (depending upon heat of your grill)

Recipe Notes

Each raw pattie is about 170 grams each - 173 to be exact.