Peppery Beef Heart Burgers

Eat your heart out!

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day and I’ve been planning our special meal for about a week now. We’re staying home and cooking dinner and will probably watch a movie or play video games together afterward. I’m looking forward to a quiet evening at home.

Much of the menu is still up in the air as I write this post, but one thing is for sure… Beef heart burgers will be making an appearance at our table!

We’ve been making jokes/puns about hearts for a few days now. Such as the one with which I began this post and other cheesy lines. We’re very amused at the idea of eating a heart while we celebrate the occasion. Some friends have told me it’s morbid. Others have laughed at the irony of the meal. I hope you find this post amusing!

I’m very excited to feature these burgers as well because they are something that Bryan and I worked on making together. We rarely spend time together in the kitchen! Because it’s a messy job and we were making a large batch of burgers, I enlisted his help.

I mixed, portioned, and pressed the burgers. Bryan kept my workspace clean, wrapped the burger patties, sorted them into perfect portions for freezing, and fended off a curious kitty who wanted to see what we were up to. I was very glad for the help!

Of course, we had to cook two burgers immediately to make sure they were as delicious as they looked. We topped the burgers with a slice of cheddar cheese and an egg, cooked over-easy. They were delicious! (We made the burgers about a week ago and only have about 6 left in the freezer)

What will you be doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Peppery Beef Heart Burgers


  • 1 beef heart (about 1.9 kg), ground – approximate cost $12.00
  • 0.9 kg of fatty beef brisket, ground – approximate cost $10.00
  • 5 teaspoons finely ground sea salt – approximate cost $0.25
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper – approximate cost $0.10
  • 12 hamburger buns – approximate cost $3.00
  • Grapeseed oil for cooking – approximate cost $0.25

Optional toppings

  • Egg (cooked over-easy)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Bacon
  • Sweet onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Dill pickle
  • Lettuce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Work with your hands until the ingredients are well-mixed.
  3. Divide the meat into approximately ½ pound portions (12 burgers).
  4. Use your hands to shape each portion into a very large, tightly-packed meatball.
  5. Press the meatballs into burgers (you can use your hands or a burger press).
  6. Keep the burgers separate by placing a piece of waxed paper between each patty.
  7. Preheat a frying pan with a small amount of grapeseed oil over medium heat.
  8. Place burger patties in the frying pan (being careful not to overcrowd the pan).
  9. Cook for about 8-10 minutes.
  10. Flip the burger patty.
  11. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes (or until cooked to desired done-ness, my burgers were medium, with a very small amount of pink still in the center of the burger).
  12. Serve on a bun with desired toppings.

Makes 12 servings (approximate cost: $2.13 per serving + optional topping).

We’ve had these burgers a few times already and it’s gone well with all of our favourite toppings. Bryan’s favourite set of toppings was an egg – over easy – and a slice of cheddar. Mine is guacamole and a slice of bacon.

These burgers are VERY filling and just one is enough even for those with a hearty appetite. I’ve yet to finish an entire burger myself (but got very close).

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  1. mjskit

     /  February 14, 2013

    What an absolutely clever idea! It doesn’t sound morbid at all. It sounds pretty delicious to me! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. My honey is making me a fresh seared tuna Niçoisse salad, he will encrust the tuna with sesame seeds and it will be rare! I can hardly wait. Did the heart burgers have a chewy texture? I’ve had heart before but have always found it rather chewy. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Hope Bryan spoils you!

  3. Waw! the burgers look splendid & amazing too!

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