28/10/2014 11:12 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Homemade Mini-Burgers Recipe

Keith Kendrick

Cooking with kids is a brilliant thing to do during school holidays.

And I am slowly but surely training my three children to make their own meals via a conveyor belt method which so far is working a treat.

The youngest does the messy work at the beginning, the middle child is the Comis Chef, and the eldest brings it all together at the Pass.

This methodology works magnificently for omelettes, pancakes, cakes and biscuits. And also for these lovingly prepared (by the kids) mini-burgers. Which gives me plenty of time to get on with preparing dinner for my hard Working Wife.

This makes 12 mini burgers, so they're great for when the kids' friends are round


250g beef mince

50g Parmesan cheese, grated

30g fresh breadcrumbs

1 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 egg

1 tsp dried oregano

12 mini bread rolls


Cheese slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot sticks


1. Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of greaseproof paper. Get the kids to use their hands to mix all the ingredients for the burgers together.

2. Form the mixture into balls about the size of walnuts and flatten them. Chill the meatballs in the fridge for 30 mins. Make sure your children wash their hands.

3. Put the oil into a frying pan and bring to a medium heat. Fry the burgers and turn over after 5 mins. When the juices run clear, they're done.

4. Carefully cut the rolls in half. Fill each roll with a cooked burger. Serve with cheese slices, tomatoes, cucumber and carrots.

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Jamie Oliver's homemade burgers

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Beef burgers with mozzarella and caramelised onions