Leanburgers with rocket & peppers

Tasty homemade burgers with extra lean mince lightened with couscous and
flavoured with herbs and chilli.

  • Cook:35 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 260
  • fat 6g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 30g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 1.1g


  • 50g couscous
  • 500g extra lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ tsp hot chilli powder
  • 6 slices French bread (we used campagne longue, a larger version of a baguette)
  • 6 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 175g roasted red peppers from a jar, cut into large pieces (choose ones in brine, or rinse them if they're packed in oil)
  • a couple of handfuls of rocket


  1. Tip the couscous into a medium bowl, pour over 75ml/21?2fl oz boiling water and leave it for a few minutes to swell and absorb all the water. Add the mince, onion, dried herbs, chives and chilli powder then grind in plenty of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly then shape into 6 oval burgers – slightly larger than the bread slices.Cover with foil and chill until ready to cook. (Can be made up to 24 hours ahead.)

  2. Preheat the grill or barbecue then cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes on each side, or more if you like them well cooked.

  3. Grill or lightly toast the slices of bread and spread with mustard. Top with the peppers, rocket and a burger and serve.

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