Cooking with kids: easy peasy homemade burgers

Instead of buying ready-made patties for the BBQ why not have a go at making them yourself!

Weekend delights and great, quick after-school dinners. Get the kids involved and they will love squishing the patties and building the burgers. You can also encourage them to get involved in designing and making their own salad and dressing. 



  • 500g beef mince (or pork, chicken or turkey)
  • Half a red onion, finely chopped
  • 200g brown lentils (from a tin)
  • 1 egg
  • Wholemeal buns
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Tomato sauce (optional)


  • Lettuce leaves
  • Washed spinach
  • Lebanese cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red Capsicum
  • Grated or sliced carrot
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A splash of extra virgin olive oil


1. Get your kids to wash their hands and put on gloves if they like.

2. Put the mince, finely chopped onion, drained lentils and the egg in a large bowl. Using their hands, ask your kids to bring the mix together and form into burger shapes, it should make either 4 large fat burgers or 6-8 smaller ones.

3. Place the burgers on a large plate and refrigerate for 30 mins if possible. This allows the burgers to firm up and will be less likely to break up when cooked.

4. Heat a frying pan and add the burgers. Don’t be tempted to move them or turn them over. Allow them to get nice and brown and crispy on one side and then turn and allow to cook on the other.

5. To cook on a BBQ – again place the burgers on the heat and leave until they are browned on one side. Flip and cook on the other.

6. To cook in the oven – place on a baking sheet and cook at 200 degrees until cooked through (depending on the thickness), you could also use the grill.

Make the salad while you wait. Rinse all the leaves and use a salad spinner or colander to get rid of excess water. And toss with the other ingredients. Make a quick dressing by whisking together the juice of half a lemon and a splash of extra virgin olive oil until it emulsifies and pour over the salad.

Once the burgers are ready, allow your kids to build their own burger and serve with a side of their homemade salad.