Beef Cheeseburgers

It’s been a week since our lockdown here has ended in Singapore. (Yes, it IS a lockdown. “Circuit Breaker” and “Phase 1” were just alternative terms) But I must say that I’ve adapted a little too well with self-isolation. The past 3 months have consisted of unending kitchen experiments almost on a daily basis.
I’ve always been a little intimidated by making burgers, especially one from scratch. But in all of my attempts, my burgers have always resulted in soft but crusty buns, juicy patties and the fact that you can really taste the difference knowing that it’s never been frozen! Frankly, I can’t quite see myself ever purchasing expensive burgers ever again.
With this recipe, you can make the buns ahead, and it will really only take you less than 10 minutes to prepare and cook the patty. You’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it actually is to make your own burgers at home!

Beef Cheeseburgers

makes 4 beef cheeseburgers

Sesame Buns

makes 4 buns. Feel free to double
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 yolk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour (using Blue Jacket Bread Flour)
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour (using Blue Jacket Wholewheat Flour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • sesame seeds to top
  • 1 yolk with 1tsp milk for egg wash
  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes until frothy.
  2. Add the yolk, oil, bread flour, whole wheat flour and salt to form a dough.
  3. Knead the dough by hand for 5-8 minutes until smooth. It should stretch and not tear too easily.
  4. Divide into 4 pieces by weight and shape each into a ball. Place them on a baking tray and cover with a damp cloth. Let them rise for 1 hour in a warm place
  5. Once it doubles in size, pre-heat your oven at 180°C.
  6. Brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown for 12-15 minutes.

Caramelized Onions

  • half an onion
  • 1 tbsp butter

Cut in thin slices and cook with butter until caramelized. Set aside


  • 2 avocado (smashed)

Spread half an avocado on the bottom half of each bun


  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce

Stir in a small bowl and spread on the top half of your bun

Beef patties

makes 4 patties
  • 500g minced beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Divide the beef into 4 equal portions of 125g each. Shape into patties.
  2. Pan-fry the patties on one side for 3 minutes on medium heat, while also sprinkling salt and pepper on the raw side of the patty.
  3. Flip the patties. Sprinkle the cooked side now with salt and pepper, and place a slice of cheddar cheese on top of each patty. Cook for 3 minutes
  4. Remove from pan, and let it cool on the grill for about 2 minutes before serving.
  5. To assemble, place beef patty on top of the bottom half of your bun, and the avocado spread. Place the caramelized onions on top of your patties, and top with the other half of the bun.

And there you have it! The list of ingredients and things to do may seem a little daunting here, but with a little bit of experience of multi-tasking, you’ll get it all done in no time! Yes, all aside from the bun, all the other components can be easily done at the same time.

I hope you’ll enjoy my easy go-to burger that I now make on a weekly basis!



9 Comments Add yours

  1. Now that’s a burger! Good that you have made everything from the scratch. I would love one now 🙂

  2. Raymund says:

    Now you made me grave for some good burgers like your recipe!

  3. kitchenriffs says:

    Mmm, burgers! Love ’em! Great with caramelized onions, too. These look excellent — thanks.

  4. Burgers are my all-time favorite! I’m so glad you’ve mastered the art of a good homemade burger, too. They’re pretty easy to make, and they’re SO much better than the pre-made patties from the store. I like to put a bit of dried rosemary into my burgers, too. Not too much – just a hint. These burgers look perfect, Sammie!

  5. You nailed hamburger making for sure! Those buns are perfect and caramelized onions are so good on burgers!

  6. Very strange coincidence, but I’ve been planning to make burgers, and bake buns for them, and then I stumbled onto your post!

  7. I’ve never made hamburger buns before- always bought them at the supermarket. But I can see that homemade ones would be much better. In fact, I bet I could eat the buns just by themselves!

  8. Juliana says:

    Wow Sammy…you made everything…I mean everything from scratch and you are telling me that is “easy”? You are amazing…I would love to get a hold of one of these cheeseburgers right now.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Leif Price says:

    Yum! Looks delicious! Can’t wait to give this a try!

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