Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mini Burgers done Light

**DISCLAIMER - Currently having computer display issues which are prohibiting me from accurately determining the coloring and exposure of my uploaded pics. Apologies for the over and under exposed or just plain crappy photos**

We are still working through the list of recipes chosen by my kids from some of my healthy eating resources.  This was one of the kids' favorites so far.  From Martha Stewart Everyday (Jan/Feb 2011 issue - "the light issue"), are the mini cheeseburgers with oven fries.  What's not to like, right?

For the burgers (modified to give the beef a little more kick):
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 tbsp worcestshire sauce
1tsp siracha
garlic powder, to taste
salt & pepper to taste
reduced fat cheddar, sliced
whole wheat dinner rolls
sliced tomato, to top
lettuce, to top

Combine beef, worcestshire, siracha, garlic, salt & pepper.  Form into mini burger patties.  Heat cast iron skillet to smoking.  Cook burgers on both sides to your liking.  Top with cheddar.  Serve on whole wheat buns with desired toppings.

For the fries:
3 lb large russet potatoes, cut into strips
cooking spray
4 tsp veg oil
salt & pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, cover potato strips with cold water.  Cover and soak for at least 3 hours or overnight.  Heat oven to 400.  Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray.  Drain and pat dry potatoes.  Toss in a bowl with oil and season with salt & pepper.  Bake on sheets until golden brown and crisp.  About 45 minutes.  Toss on sheet and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes.

So good!  I took a bite and ate some fries before I remembered to shoot some pics.
Kids dove right in and had some for lunch two days later.  When the patty is reheated on it's own and then added to the other toppings on a fresh bun, it is just as good as the first day.

Rico, straight from the bath, waited patiently for someone to drop some.  Sadly for him, nobody did.  I did feel bad about the bath though and gave him a little bite when the Mr. wasn't looking.
Am I the only mom who loves watching their kids eat good food?  It really does make me feel happy when they sit down to the dinner table and thoroughly enjoy a healthy(er) meal.


  1. The recipe sounds great! And I think everything tastes better in "mini" form!

  2. I love sliders! These sound really wonderful and don't worry about the photos- they look delish!


  3. I think these photos are good! I've been putting siracha on just about everything lately, and I swear it makes everything taste better! I like the mini size of these burgers, it makes them fun to eat.

  4. I have never used siracha... :S I think that I may be missing out, gotta pick some up!

  5. No, you're not the only one, it's always good to see your kids enjoying eating. I like it when they get involved in the whole process from market to table. Rico is too cute, he sits there so nice. We just gave Tucker a bath just the other day too, boy they sure get fluffy with all the hair.

    Your burgers look awesome! I love sriracha and use it all the time. Nice choice. (Your photos are fine).

  6. Good things come in small packages, right? :)

    Lyndsey - yes, Rico gets sooo super fluffy after a bath. And he usually doesn't sit so nice. I think he was afraid if he did his usual he'd be in for another bath.

  7. Aw, Rico is SO cute (and your kiddos, too!). Sorry you're dealing with photography frustrating, but these still look good enough to try! My family would love your mini-burgers :)

  8. and the after pictures would be thumbs up from the kiddies! i love buns that have those nice rustic grain bits on top! <3