Ingredients (For One) – easily multiplied up for more people.

  • 125g beef mince (not too lean)
  • Tomato ketchup
  • salt and pepper
  • Cheese (optional)

Step 1: Put the mince, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a squeeze of ketchup (about a 10p sized blob) in a bowl. With clean hands, squeeze and mush it until mixed. Roll it into a ball. If you fancy the cheese option, push a lump of cheese the size of the top joint of your thumb into the centre of the ball. Put the ball on a plate and press down with the flat of your hand into a burger shape. Pat and prod it until it looks neat.

Step 2: Heat a frying pan on full whack. Add just a bit of oil to make the pan shiny. Put the burger in the pan and after a minute, turn it over to seal the other side. Turn the heat down to low and cook for three more minutes, then turn the burger again and cook for another three minutes on the other side. The burger should now have a charred outside and cooked though on the inside. With a knife point, have a peek in the middle. If the inside is still a bit pink, give it a couple more minutes.

Now you can serve it however you like. You can make a tower containing all or none of the following: cooked bacon, large cooked mushroom, slice of a large tomato, sliced iceberg lettuce, mayo, tomato relish/chilli relish, more cheese, sliced pickled gherkin, all skewered in a burger bun. Oven chips on the side if you can manage it.