….the joys of a slider burger for a 3 year old!
Anyone who has experienced the utter lows of a child who won’t always eat what and when you’d like, will understand the triumph when you find something that not only makes them happy every single time you cook it, but you know is homemade, has no added rubbish and can be paired with something to make you happy as a parent about the veg quota.
This pic shows the exact way my very particular child likes this meal presented to her. Note the burger in the mini bun, the extra slider, and the silver spoon (mini heart shaped of course) with her own personal pot of ketchup. I’m not saying I never deviate from this presentation of course, but to do so may be a risky operation….
Ingredients (makes approx 16 sliders, I freeze in batches of 2)
500g minced beef, I use min 15% fat here, a burger needs fat!
1 medium red onion
1 fat clove garlic
sprinkle mixed dried herbs
Salt & pepper
- Finely chop onion and grate or finely chop garlic. Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan and slowly cook the onion and garlic together with a pinch of salt until really soft but not too coloured, set aside and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl mix together the beef, cooled onion mix, seasoning and herbs, no need for egg, breadcrumbs or any of that stuff here. Divide into equal (ish) sized balls, shape and flatten into little patties. At this stage you can freeze them or cook.
- To cook the burgers, heat a little more oil (really just a touch as there’s plenty of fat in the mix) and fry the sliders gently for around 6 – 8 minutes, turning occasionally.
- Serve as you or your mini monster prefers. For adults I would add every condiment under the sun – a few combo suggestions below. These are great with drinks as a surprise nibble for friends expecting a bowl of crisps or peanuts.
- Traditional – cheese, gherkins, red onion, mustard and ketchup
- Blue cheese and lightly fried mushrooms
- Peanut butter and crispy bacon – yes really. Don’t judge, just try it
- Slice of chorizo and melted manchego cheese