Mini hamburguers

Jiza
Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Another bento friendly recipe from my grandmother <3
This is my favourite food ever, my grandmother taught it to me when I left my parent's home.

This will make for a lot of food, my husband and me eat this at once when I cook it but sometimes we have some leftovers that can be perfect for bento.

- about 400-500 g of ground meat.
- 1 egg
- ground bread (it's better if it's hardened, like the bread from the day before)
- a glass of milk
- salt to taste (i made them saltless)
- flour (a lot!)
- oil

1.- beat the egg and add salt
2.- mix the meat with the milk. This won't look very tasty, but trust me.
3.- Add the gound bread to the meat+milk mixture. The ground bread should be enough to absorb the milk, just add it until the whole thing becomes a paste. This is usually 2 handfulls for me. Mix everything with a fork.
4.- add the beaten egg to the mixture and mix with the fork.
5.- put some oil to heat in a pan. 1 or 2 spoons will be ok.
6.- in a separate plate, put enough flour to cover the plate.
7.- take a little ball from the mixture and put it in the flour-covered plate. With clean hands, press the meat until it becomes a hamburguer.
8.- when the oil is hot, put the hamburguer in the pan and fry it until it's done.
9.- repeat until you end up with the mixture. Remember to add more flour when it runs out and to keep adding oil too.

These hamburguers are great for bento if you drain any excess of oil of them. My grandma's advice is to made the hamburguers the thinner you can, that way they taste like heaven (and she's right). I usually make large "sheets" of the mixture and rip them as i throw them to the pan.
The good thing about this is that they taste great cold or hot and you can put 1 or 2 in your bento without worrying about getting fat because, as they are very thin, they don't actually retain any fat from the pan.

I guess you can use brown flour and ground brown bread for the recipe. Or even make them vegan, but I never tried so any experiments will be welcome! :)
Anyway when I put these in a bento, I try to add less rice or pasta to reduce carbs.

This will last 3 days in the fridge so my advice is to make them for lunch and use the leftovers!

While I was writing this my mum called and told me that grandma was preparing a bunch of hamburguers for me & my husband's bentos! yay! ^^

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clarissa
Bento-ing from: Berlin › Germany
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Re: Mini hamburguers

To make some other variants you can try and add some or all of these:
- grated onion
- grated garlic
- pepper
- precooked corn, pees or the like (but be carefull not to take to much of it, or they will fall apart)

Thats the way I usualy make them.

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Jiza
Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Re: Mini hamburguers

lots of people use garlic here when cooking hamburguers.
I particularly like garlic-flavored food but not the hamburguers! :D

Adriana
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Re: Mini hamburguers

Ohh! yum yum
I'll definitely need to try this one lol

This sounds yummy
Thank you
Adriana

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Shadowcat
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Re: Mini hamburguers

This recipe sounds like it would make great baby meatloaf too (I use the bite size muffin cups for meat loaf and 2-3 fit perfectly in any of my Bento boxes)

Jiza
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Re: Mini hamburguers

yes, in fact the thinner and smallers the loaves, the better :D

MT
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Re: Mini hamburguers

Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds yummy and I shall try it soon :D do you have any picture for this hamburgers?

c-helle
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Re: Mini hamburguers

This does sound good! My kids have started a "tiny bagel" craze here, because we can get a package of whole-wheat bagels pretty cheaply. I bet they'd love to have a tiny bagel burger! Thanks for the recipe!

Jiza
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Re: Mini hamburguers

sure! I'll post them tonight! :D

MT
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Reheating frozen cooked mini hamburguers
MT wrote:

I shall try it soon :D

I made this 2 days ago and it was yummy! it is so moist and doesn't taste fatty at all.

I do have one question.Once all are cooked and freezed, what is the best way to reheat it? I reheated it in microwave and it turned out to bee too hard. But still yummy :D I really want to know if there is a way of retaining the moist when reheating from frozen. Any one can help please?

Jiza
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Re: Reheating frozen cooked mini hamburguers

I've never freezed them, but to reheat them from the day before i just put them in a pan with a little oil untill they are warm again. I like to eat them room temperature so most of the times i just put them in my bento so they are room tempreature by lunch time.
I don't reheat them in the microwave, i did once and the result was not that good :(

MT
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Reheating frozen cooked mini hamburguers
MT wrote:

I shall try it soon :D

I made this 2 days ago and it was yummy! it is so moist and doesn't taste fatty at all.

I do have one question.Once all are cooked and freezed, what is the best way to reheat it? I reheated it in microwave and it turned out to bee too hard. But still yummy :D I really want to know if there is a way of retaining the moist when reheating from frozen. Any one can help please?

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Reheating frozen cooked mini hamburguers

If you re-heat something like this in a microwave you need to be very careful not to heat it too much, or you end up over-cooking it. You need to heat it on low power and check it often to make sure it's not getting too hot - when you cook a hamburger pattie in a frypan it doesn't get much hotter than about 70 degrees C (maybe 180F?), but when you microwave things they get up to boiling point (212 F) quite fast, which will make any sort of meat quite tough.

The best way to re-heat it would be to let it defrost naturally, then heat it gently in a frypan.

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MT
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Re: Reheating frozen cooked mini hamburguers
bronwyncarlisle wrote:

If you re-heat something like this in a microwave you need to be very careful not to heat it too much, or you end up over-cooking it. You need to heat it on low power and check it often to make sure it's not getting too hot - when you cook a hamburger pattie in a frypan it doesn't get much hotter than about 70 degrees C (maybe 180F?), but when you microwave things they get up to boiling point (212 F) quite fast, which will make any sort of meat quite tough.

The best way to re-heat it would be to let it defrost naturally, then heat it gently in a frypan.

Thank you Loretta. I shall try next time to defrost it first and gently heat it on the pan.

Jiza
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Re: Mini hamburguers

mmm i thought i had some pics but i was wrong. I'll take some pics next time, i promise :D

Jiza
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Re: Mini hamburguers

I use tiny bagels for this too when we are having lunch out!! :D

c-helle
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Re: Mini hamburguers

I tried your Spanish Omelette recipe the other day--loved it! I'm on South Beach diet (phase 3), so I save up my starches so I can have that recipe once a week.

Jiza
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Re: Mini hamburguers

I'm so glad you liked it!! :D
I love it when people enjoy my recipes ^^ (well they are grandma's recipes, lol)

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