Burgers with Hidden Vegetables!!!

Now I’m not pretending that this IS the answer to everyone’s prayers, nor am I suggesting that this idea is unique (I’m probably late to this party), but if you really need to entice kids to consume their 5 a day this would be an easy place to start.

I’m just going to jump straight in with this, any further talk about whether or not one’s kids eat veggies and how enthusiastically is totally unnecessary.

This makes around 5 or 6 depending how big your kids are; however don’t go too small if you are tempted as the veggie bits will then seem more prominent. Making burgers is very easy but if you really can’t bind the constituent parts by hand, you might struggle. So in a large bowl you will need:

400g lean minced steak, 1 slice of any bread whizzed up to make breadcrumbs, 1 medium carrot, grated,  1 medium courgette, grated and then pressed between kitchen paper towel to squeeze out the excess moisture (repeat this process 2 or 3 times), ½ tsp dried oregano, a large pinch of salt, a grinding of black pepper, a dribble of Lea and Perrins (optional) and 1 egg.

Combine everything with your hands, squeezing and mushing until thoroughly combined, then form into 5 or 6 burgers and arrange on a plate. Set aside for 5 or 10 minutes whilst the grill or BBQ warms up, you want it hot.

Cook as usual for 15-20 minutes or so, turning from time to time. Obviously check they are cooked through before serving.

The Kids were aware of the veg inclusion but keen to eat these nonetheless. Normally, if I try to pull this sort of stunt, I receive plenty of complaints that I am ruining a perfectly lovely tea/dinner/cake etc etc.

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