The Biker burger

This is the perfect burger. The beauty is in its simplicity – just chuck steak and a little seasoning.

A Biker burger featuring a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles,  in a sesame seed bun, served on a white plate with fries in the background. This mouthwatering delight is straight from the Hairy Bikers Recipe collection.

The Biker burger | 📷 Gianluca Di Giorgio on Pixabay


Makes 4 large burgers or 10 sliders
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes


  • 800g/1lb 12oz chuck steak, minced
  • 50g/1¾oz bone marrow, finely diced
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • dash Tabasco sauce
  • burger buns, split
  • flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the burger sauce

  • 100g/3½oz mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 large gherkin, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chipotle paste or other hot sauce

To garnish

  • 1–2 beef tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 large gherkins, sliced
  • Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated


  1. Mix the minced beef together in a bowl with the bone marrow, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.

  2. Season the meat with salt and a little black pepper, then divide the mixture into 4 (or 10 if making sliders) and shape each one into a round pattie 2–2.5cm/¾–1in thick.

  3. For the burger sauce, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl.

  4. Heat a frying pan or your barbecue. When too hot to hold your hand over, add the burgers – there’s no need for oil, as some fat will render out of the meat. Cook for 4 minutes, or until the burgers are well seared and have a thick crust. Flip them and cook for another 3 minutes for rare meat, 4 minutes for medium-rare, 5 for medium and up to 6 for well done. Toast the buns, then fill with the burger sauce, tomato, lettuce and gherkin and a good dollop of the burger sauce.

  5. Recipe Tip:

    The bone marrow gives extra flavour and juiciness. The burger sauce is lip-smackingly good and you can serve the burgers, with bacon and/or cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, pickles and so on. If you want a cheesy topping, add it once you’ve flipped the burgers.