August 9, 2022

Steak Haché- the French Hamburger

Steak au Cheval on a plate with lettus
Steak Haché- the French Hamburger 9

Steak Haché & Steak à Cheval

Steak a Cheval on a plate with lettus

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Steak Haché, known as "The French Hamburger," is a burger without a 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 burger is known as Steak à 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


Optional - 1 egg per burger


1. Form the meat into patties.

2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. About 1-2 tablespoons of butter per 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 the less tasty. 

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

Steak au cheval on a plate with fries

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I often cook "au pif," as we say in France, which means cooking without an exact recipe and by "feel" using your intuition.  You’ll often find guidelines in many recipes versus exact quantities.  Write to me here if you have any questions about the recipes.

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