40 Years of Busy Bees

Smash Cheeseburger

6 portions

Busy Bees Smash Cheeseburger


Low fat beef mince


Smoked paprika

1 tbsp

Black pepper

½ tsp

Wholemeal or Brioche burger roll


Iceburg lettuce, finely shredded


Beef tomato, slice


Light cheese slices


Gherkin, sliced



1. Wash the lettuce and tomato

2. Prepare the lettuce, tomato, onion, and gherkin


1. Place the mince in a large bowl, add the smoked paprika and black pepper. Using powder free gloves, mix well and roughly form into 6 equal sized balls.

2. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat, place the burger rolls in it face down (You will need to do this in batches) and leave till very slightly toasted. Remove from the pan.

3. Put 2 of the mince balls in the pan, place a square of grease proof paper over the top and press down with the back of a fish slice till approximately 5mm thick. Leave for 2 minutes then flip and leave for a further 2 minutes.

4. Add a splash of boiling water to the pan and place a lid on for 30 seconds. (This stops the low-fat mince from being dry.)

5. Meanwhile put some lettuce on each roll.

6. Remove the burgers from the pan and place on top of the lettuce. Top with a cheese slice, a slice of tomato, gherkin and a little onion and add the burger roll lid. Wrap each burger in a piece of greaseproof paper while you repeat the process to make the remaining burgers.

Chef Tips

You can use chicken mince as an alternative or for a vegetarian option, you can use smashed chickpeas/mixed beans.

Food Safety, and Health & Safety Tips

Remember - all cooking appliances vary in performance, these cooking instructions are guidelines only. Always wash your hands and surfaces after handling raw meat.