Beef Burger Recipes

Scotland is a land of rolling hills, majestic castles and a rich history that extends for millennia. However, for the discerning palate and in the culinary world, Scotland also represents unparalleled excellence in farming and red meat production. Scotland's reputation for premium quality beef, lamb and pork is unmatched and is a testament to the farmers' dedication to quality, sustainability and their deep-rooted commitment to traditional rearing practices.

At the heart of this culinary excellence is Scotch beef, the symbol of uncompromising standards and the epitome of flavour and texture. Whenever you see the world-famous Scotch brand mark stamped on meat, you can be assured of outstanding quality. So come with us on a journey exploring the wonderful flavours of ground beef and creating tasty recipes from traditional burgers and chips to a variety of delicious burger patties with a twist.

Why Choose Scotch Beef?

Scotch beef isn't just about its coveted origins; it is also about a deep-rooted commitment to the highest quality standards that set it apart on the global gastronomic stage. Here's what makes it so special:

1. Sustainable and Reputable Production:

Scotland's natural environment, from its fertile soils to its temperate climate, is ideal for raising cattle. The combination of abundant natural resources and time-honoured farming practices has made Scotland an extremely sustainable place for premium beef production. The commitment to low-intensity farming ensures a balance between quality production and environmental stewardship.

2. Uncompromising Quality:

The coveted 'Scotch' label is the hallmark of excellence. It is the assurance that the beef on your plate is produced to exacting standards, ensuring that every cut, whether it is a prime steak or ground meat, maintains a consistent superiority. This diligence extends from the farm to the butcher's block, assuring you of a first-class dining experience every time.

3. Whole-Life Assurance:

The 'Scotch' brand mark is more than a stamp; it is a promise. Only meat that has been both born and reared in Scotland, under stringent criteria, can proudly bear this emblem. This ensures traceability, which in turn offers peace of mind to consumers about the quality and origin of their meat. When you purchase meat adorned with this mark, you are not just buying beef; you are investing in a legacy of animal care, environmental stewardship, traditional farming standards and excellence.

4. Unique Flavour Profile:

Scotch beef boasts a distinctive taste, a result of cattle grazing on Scotland's rich, biodiverse pastures. This unique diet, combined with traditional farming practices, imparts a flavour that is both rich and distinctive, making Scotch beef a favourite among chefs and home cooks alike.


Whether you are a home cook or budding chef, choose the Scotch label for the best quality meat.


By choosing Scotch beef, our customers are assured of a tradition of excellence, respect for the environment and flavour that is truly unparalleled.

The Versatility of Ground Beef for Burgers

The rich flavour profile and unmatched quality of Scotch beef make it a versatile choice for countless burger recipe variations. Whether you prefer a classic rendition or a burger patty with a spicy kick, Scotch beef promises a burger experience like no other.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • American-style burgers: These are the classic burgers that are made with ground beef, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, eggs, onions and seasonings. They are typically cooked on a BBQ and served on toasted sesame burger buns with a slice of cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, lettuce, tomato and ketchup.
  • German-style hamburger patty burgers: This recipe calls for ground beef, veal or ground pork, which is seasoned with caraway seeds and mustard. These burgers are typically cooked in a frying pan and served on a roll with sauerkraut and pickles.
  • Mexican-style burgers: These burgers are made with ground beef, spices, chorizo seasoning and beans, and are often topped with pepper jack, avocado slices, salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, pico de Gallo and sour cream or chipotle mayo. They can be served on a corn tortilla.
  • Italian Caprese Burger: These burgers are made with ground beef seasoned with garlic, basil, and oregano. Topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and basil pesto, they are typically served on a ciabatta bun drizzled with balsamic reduction.
  • Greek Gyro-Inspired Burger: These burger patties are made with ground beef mixed with garlic, oregano and mint. Often topped with feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, cucumbers and red onions, they are served on a toasted pita or brioche bun.
  • Japanese-style burgers: These burgers are made with ground beef, teriyaki sauce and crunchy Asian greens. Typically topped with a grilled pineapple slice, pickled ginger, and wasabi mayo or horseradish sauce, these burgers are often served on a soft brioche bun with Japanese mayonnaise and seaweed.
  • Indian-style burgers: These burgers are made with ground beef seasoned with garam masala, turmeric and cumin. Topped with mango chutney, raita, and fresh coriander, these burgers are often served on toasted naan bread with chutney and yoghurt.
  • Thai-style burgers: These burgers are made with ground beef, Thai spices, and greens, and are often served on a lettuce leaf with peanut sauce.
  • Moroccan Tagine Burger: These burgers are made with ground beef mixed with ras-el-hanout spice blend, minced apricots and almonds. Typically topped with harissa mayo, fresh mint and grilled bell peppers, these burger patties are often served on a toasted Kaiser roll.
  • French Bistro Burger: This classic burger is made with ground beef seasoned with herbes de Provence and Dijon mustard. Often topped with brie or Camembert cheese, caramelised onions, and arugula, these delicious burgers can be served on a crusty French baguette slice.
  • Korean BBQ Burger: These burgers are made with ground beef marinated in a bulgogi-style sauce (soy, garlic, ginger and brown sugar). Topped with kimchi, gochujang mayo, and spring onions, this burger can be served on a toasted bun sprinkled with sesame seeds.
  • Caribbean Jerk Burger: This spicy delight is made with ground beef seasoned with jerk spice and a hint of lime zest. Typically topped with grilled pineapple, coleslaw, and spicy aioli and served on a toasted coconut bun.


Burger recipes can be customised to your liking from classic cheeseburgers to tangy Asian flavours and everything in between.


These are just a few examples of the many different ways ground beef can be used to make burgers. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and experiment with different flavours and ingredients. Whether you are in the mood for a spicy, savoury, tangy, or classic burger, global cuisines offer a wide variety of burgers to choose from.

The Best Cut of Beef for Burgers

The best cut of meat for a beef burger is ground chuck, or braising steak as it's commonly referred to. This cut of meat is sourced from around the shoulder area of the cow and offers a very economical cut that is low on price but high on flavour. Due to its high fat and flavour content, it is sold as ground beef. Ground chuck is a blend of 80% lean beef and 20% fat. The fat content is important because it helps to keep the burgers moist and flavourful. Other cuts of meat that can be used for burgers include ground sirloin, ground round and ground brisket.


The best cut of meat for burgers is chuck or braising steak due to its high fat and meat ratio. It is also ideal for meatballs.


Top Tips for Making the Perfect Beef Burger

Although burgers are a forgiving meal to prepare, here are some of our top recipe tips to get them right every time:

  • Use the right meat: For the best flavour and juiciness, use ground chuck with at least 18% fat.
  • Don't overmix the ingredients: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and work them together gently. Overmixing will toughen the burgers.
  • Binding agents: Add breadcrumbs, an egg and onions to your ground beef mixture to help bind it all together and keep it moist.
  • Form the patties into even thickness: This will help them cook evenly.
  • Season the burger patty generously: Salt, black pepper and your favourite herbs and spices will make the burgers taste great.
  • Don't overcook the burgers: Sear them on high heat for great colour and to your desired doneness, but don't overcook them or they will dry out.
  • Let the burgers rest for a few minutes before serving: This will help them retain their juices.
  • Serve on toasted buns with your favourite toppings: Lightly toast the buns and finish the burger with your favourite topping. Cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise are all classic burger toppings.
  • Use a meat thermometer: For rare, cook the burgers to an internal temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49°C); for medium-rare, cook to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (55°C); for medium, cook to 140 degrees Fahrenheit ( 60°C); for medium-well, cook to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65°C); and for well-done, cook to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71°C or above).
  • BBQ is best: If you are grilling the burgers, preheat the BBQ to medium heat.
  • Frying Pan: If you are cooking the burgers in a frying pan, heat the pan over medium heat.
  • Space them out: Don't crowd the burgers in the pan or on the BBQ. This will prevent them from cooking and colouring evenly.
  • Baste for moisture: Baste the burgers with butter or olive oil while they are cooking to help keep them moist.
  • Last-minute additions: If you are adding cheese to the burgers, do it during the last few minutes of cooking.


For juicy burgers, sear the patties on a high heat barbecue.


With a little creativity, you can use ground beef to make delicious and versatile burgers that will satisfy everyone at your table. With these tips, you will be well on your way to making the perfect burger every time.

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Supporting Scottish Farmers

When you choose to cook with Scotch Beef, you are also supporting Scotland's dedicated farmers, whose passion for rearing cattle goes beyond business. It is a lifestyle and a commitment steeped in deep-rooted traditions, which has championed sustainable farming and whole-chain assurance for generations.

What's The Scotch Difference?

Let us take you on a journey into what makes Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork so special, and how we produce such high-quality meat renowned and enjoyed worldwide.