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Home-Style Hamburgers with Pizzazz


 

Anytime you're cooking with raw meat, make sure you and your children wash their hands very well after handling it.  Also, it's always safest to cook children's burgers to the well-done stage.

If your children won't venture too far in the exotic burger direction, try to make the humble patty itself fun:  make mini burgers and let the kids cut "buns" from regular pieces of bread using a drinking glass.  You can also make small double-decker burgers.  Or, see if they'll try burgers with lettuce leaves in the place of buns.

Patty Pockets

Let your children choose their favorite burger toppings, but with this method, the toppings go inside!

  1. Using fresh meat, prepare two round, very flat patties for each burger.
  2. Assemble toppings and flavorings: ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, etc.
  3. Place the toppings and flavorings in the center of one patty, leaving room around the edges for sealing with the other patty.
  4. Place the plain patty on top of the topped patty.  Seal the edges well.
  5. Broil, grill or fry your burger.

Grownup Burgers

  • Try a new cheese to top your burger: gorgonzola, havarti, feta
  • Instead of lettuce, try fresh, raw green beans, spinach leaves, or bell peppers
  • Buy the best meat you can.  The better the meat the less seasoning required.  Try great beef with just salt and pepper sprinkled on it before you cook it.
  • Fry your burger in a little fragrant, but healthy oil like extra virgin olive oil, first cold-pressed.  You can also pre-season the pan with sautéed garlic and onions.

Burger trivia answer:  St. Louis introduced the modern day burger at its 1904 World's Fair.

Recipes compiled by iMOM staff.

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