Sesame Beef Patties

A few Asian flavours transform these simple beef patties. I don’t usually use breadcrumbs or egg but if you want to make your mix go further by all means add them.

Prep time : 10 mins
Cook time: 4 mins
Serves: 8-10


  • 1kg good-quality beef mince
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 double kaffir lime leaves, central rib removed and leaves finely chopped, or finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fine white pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil, for frying


  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds and neutral oil in a large bowl and mix by hand. Form into 8-10 balls.
  2. Dip each ball lightly into sesame seeds then press flat to about 1cm thickness, sprinkle sesame seeds over uncoated side and press to secure. The patties can be made in advance and kept covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours until needed.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled frypan or barbecue hotplate to medium-high heat.
  4. Cook patties until golden-brown and done to your liking (about 2 minutes each side for medium-rare).
  5. They will be juicier if cooked to medium-rare rather than well done.