Cooking with kids: easy peasy homemade burgers

This summer instead of buying ready-made burgers for the BBQ why not have a go at making them yourself! These also make a great, quick after school dinner. Get the kids involved and they will love squishing and building the burgers. You can also encourage them to get involved in designing and making their own salad and dressing. 


For the burgers:
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)

For the Salad:
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile make the salad. 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.