August 9, 2022

Steak Haché- the French Hamburger

Steak au Cheval on a plate with lettus

Steak Haché & Steak à Cheval

Steak Haché, known as, « The French Hamburger », is a burger without the bun.  It's an iconic dish on French menus and a staple of family dinners. Quality meat is the key. A succulent dish is created by sauteing the meat in butter. Adding an egg to the birger is known as Steak 


Cheval. It is worth knowing these simple recipes to add a twist to how you serve your burger, and they are convenient since they do not require buns or condiments.

  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


Quality, fresh ground beef or minced steak


Optional - 1 egg per burger


1. Form the meat into patties.

2. Melt the butter in a sauté  pan over medium-high high heat. About 1-2 tablespoons of butter per a half pound of meat.

3. When the butter starts to bubble but is not browned, fry the meat in the hot butter for about 2 minutes, then flip and fry on the other side for about 2 minutes.

4. Reduce the heat to medium and flip the burgers again, cooking them for about two more minutes.

This dish's delicacy is that the meat's outer layer is seared and well cooked, and the inside is rare and soft.  The more cooked the meat the drier it is and less tasty. 

To make the dish Steak au Cheval, add a fried egg sunny side up to a steak haché burger.

Steak au cheval on a plate with fries

Many recipes I share have guidelines rather than exact measurements since I often cook "au pif" as we say in France, meaning by feel.
Your intuition is the magic touch to make something amazing. So read between the lines and make it yours   Write to me anytime if you have questions.

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