OK so the photo was taken in a bit of a rush – the kids were hitting meltdown point and needed feeding quickly. I’m adding this recipe now, though, because it was such a hit with them (well all of them except Sophie, she’s going through a fussy phase at the moment!).
This was Friday evening tea, the young’uns were all so tired I didn’t think I’d have any helpers but Jess was happy to join me.
I’ve never cooked burgers before so I did a bit of reading around first. What I found is:
- The less you handle or mix the meat the softer the meat will be. This is why I didn’t add any seasoning, although you could easily mix some in if you wanted to, just mix the mince meat and seasoning together in a bowl. I think paprika, pepper or mixed herbs would go well.
- You need some fat in the burger so that it doesn’t dry out. I didn’t want a mince with too much fat, though, so I went for a reduced fat (12% fat) option.
- Adding salt to the outside of the burger gives it a crispy coating. We used it sparingly but it seemed to work well.
Serves 4 children
For the sweet potato mash:
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 knob margarine
For the burgers:
- 250g beef mince
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 x slices of cheese (optional)
- Peel the sweet potato and roughly chop. I got a helper to peel ours –
- Bring a saucepan of water to boil then add the chopped sweet potato. Turn the hob down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until soft.
- Meanwhile split the mince into 4 quarters. Gently mould them into round patties and make a small dent in the middle of them (this stops them swelling while you cook them).
- Take a pinch of the salt and rub it into one side of the burger. Grill for 5 minutes, salty side up. Then flip the burgers, add a pinch of salt again and grill for another 5 minutes.
- Once the sweet potato is soft pour the water out and add a knob of margarine, then mash.
- If you want to add cheese to your burger, do it once your burgers are cooked, then place back under the grill for around 30 seconds.
- Serve the burger in a bun, with whatever vegetables or salad your kids will eat.
From meltdown to marvelous. These burgers were a success 😊. Happy eating.