Monday, April 25, 2011

Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 500g mince beef
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped*
  • 1-2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • handful of parsley leaves
FILLINGS

Method:
  • Place carrot, celery, garlic and parsley in TMX and zap on Speed 6-7 until it's well grated.  About 4-5 seconds?
  • Add mince beef, lentils and process on reverse until well combined
  • Remove to another bowl so you don't hurt the TMX and using a spoon to measure (I used a soup spoon) create your little burger patties.  Roll and then flatten so it won't take too long to cook (Increasing amines)  I like this size for kids' burgers especially.
  • Fry in a little oil (if you'd like) or non-stick fry pan
  • Toast your rolls if you like it that way.  I do!  But Mr frillypants doesn't.
  • Either make all the hamburgers or put bowls with all the fillings on the dinner table for everyone to create their own
  • Oh!  Chips!!  What's a burger without chips?  No fun at all!!!!  So, do oven fries as well.
Verdict:
Universally loved!  Woohoo!!  I wasn't too sure about the texture with no bread crumbs and egg to hold it all together,  but I think the lentils must've made a great 'glue'.  The texture of the patties was great, and the burgers were loved by everyone.   No one twigged that there was a bit of 'goodness' going around. 

Tweeks:
Well, Mr frillypants came home with a tomato to have with our burgers,  I guess he must have had a hankering.  But I said no... because I am the evil She Who Must Always Make Sure Food Is Always Okay... and he gets to make mistakes.  Just a minor whine.  :/

Other vegies you could add to the patties might be cabbage, peas** and zucchini*, added before the meat and given only a small go in the TMX.

* Moderate sals
** Moderate glutamate


 

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