Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hamburger Patties

Wow, I am so excited - this is my first successful attempt at making something with a few more ingredients. I have tried making little patties before from chicken mince as well as beef mince but with only a few ingredients to work with, they have always turned out dry and very strong in their meat taste. Thus, my little one has a taste and that's about it. So I'm very very excited that he has already eaten 4 small patties and is currently working his way through another four!

500g Beef/pork mince
1 C Freedom Foods Corn Flakes crushed using a blender or food processor (this replaces bread crumbs)
1 Cup Pureed fruit (this replaces egg and binds it all together) - try pears/apples/grapes/cherries/plums
1 medium carrot or zuchinni, grated
1/2 onion, chopped finely
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If the mix is too dry, simply add more water to moisten the mix. Shape into small balls, then flatten in your palm.
Fry gently on both sides in whatever oil you choose.

I just fried a little bit up first to see if I like the taste. I ended up eating quite a few... taste testing of course! But yum!

 I also fried up some leftover rice in the pan afterwards to soak up the juices. This is a handy way to flavour any carbs or vegies - I use rice, potatoe, corn - whatever I have on hand.


  1. Sounds interesting. I just make my patties out of 100% meat :) If I feel adventurous, I'll add some herbs.

    Have you tried other binders such as Xanthan gum? Can you taste the jam, or is the meat/tomato flavour strong enough to mask it?

  2. No, I haven't tried Xanthum gum, but I think that can be used. You can taste the jam just slightly - I like it because it adds a chutney sort of flavour. Oh, I also froze a few for a rainy day and they taste just as good reheated. Mind you, I didn't use it on a rainy day - it was a gloriously sunny day and we were too busy having fun outside for me to come inside to prepare our toddler's dinner. So hooray for microwaves!

  3. Your photos are pretty good. Great job!