Many parents are understandably worried about feeding their children burgers after the recent news of horse meat being found in supermarket beefburgers. Whether you'd ever bought burgers from the supermarkets concerned or not, it may have set you thinking about what's in the food you feed your children.
In fact, shop-bought beefburgers may not contain as much meat as you'd expect anyway - economy beefburgers only have to contain 47 percent beef, and standard beefburgers 62 percent. Other ingredients will be listed on the packet, but this recent scandal shows that this system doesn't always protect consumers in the way that it should.
Many young children love burgers - and many adults too - so we suggest trying our simple burger recipe which you can all enjoy whilst knowing exactly what you're eating...
Quick and tasty burgers
Serve these on toasted wholemeal buns or rolls, accompanied by a mixed salad.
From 18 months
Makes 8-10 mini hamburgers
Suitable for freezing
450g (1 lb) lean minced beef
1 medium onion, peeled and very finely chopped
2 tsp tomato puree or ketchup
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of dried mixed herbs
1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Place all the ingredients, except the egg and oil, in a large bowl and mix thoroughly, then add the egg and mix well.
- Divide the mixture into 8-10 equal amounts, forming a small ball with each piece by rolling in the palm of your hands, then flattening into a patty
- Pour the oil into a frying pan set over a high heat and, when the oil is hot, quickly seal both sides of each hamburger, then reduce the heat and fry for a further 4 minutes per side, or until thoroughly cooked through.