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Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food
March 11, 2013 | Home >Toddlers >Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food

We asked you on Facebook the other night what type of recipes you wanted to see more of- and many of you wanted Toddler Friendly Dinners!  So, today I’ve got one for you! Baby Burgers!  Plus, if you haven’t been over to our meal plan page, we update it every Saturday with new menu ideas!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

I love these as an alternative to a regular burger because

  1. It’s small enough for little fingers to hold.
  2. The buns are homemade, to get them the perfect size!
  3. Most of the veggies are inside the patty, so they don’t slide off while the kids are trying to eat it!
  4. Plus, we served our burgers with sliced pears, and don’ they just look like fries (without all the work!)  The kids loved the pears as much as they like fries!

Now, I know this post will seem long and overwhelming, but I’m hoping it will help clarify the steps for you!  So, here we go!

First: The mini burger buns!

Making hamburger buns is easy! I don’t mind buying buns, I can usually find them without too many ingredients and they aren’t too expensive.  BUT, if I don’t want to travel to the store, or I want the mini kind, or I just want to make bread and hang out in the kitchen with my kids, I make these! (I’m trying to convert our Sunday baking from cookies to breads, and I’m loving it!!)

I first had to grind some whole wheat- My husband bought me a wheat grinder for Christmas!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

But then, I combined my 2 cups flours with 1 Tablespoon yeast (full recipe below)

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

In a small saucepan I warmed 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter, and 1/2 tsp salt, just until the butter melted and no longer.

Then, I poured the liquid into the dry ingredients and mixed.

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, in a high powered mixer (like a kitchen Aid), I added 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 beaten eggs and kneaded for about 5 minutes. You can also knead by hand if you don’t have a mixer.

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

I added about 1/2 cup more of flour to keep the dough from sticking to the sides (you may or may not need this).

Then, I sprayed a large bowl with cooking spray, and dumped the dough into it, covered, and let rise for one hour.

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

After dough rises, we dump it onto a floured surface and roll out.  This is a great job for the kids!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

then, another job for the kids, we cut out our buns using a small circle cutter (like a doughnut cutter, without the center)

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, once we have all the circles cut out (it makes about 18), we brush the tops of the bun dough with an egg white wash. (another great job for the kiddos)

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, we baked them.  You can also sprinkle sesame seeds on the buns if you have some!

Second: The Baby Burger

First, we added our veggies to the meat mixture to keep the veggies from falling off our little burgers.

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

And one of my husbands co-workers gave us some meat to try from his farm.  He has some pasture raised, grass eating cows, but apparently, he’s not ready to sell just yet.  Maybe in a few months.

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, to avoid standing over a hot griddle and get the right size patty, I pressed the patties into a muffin tin.  Make sure not to fill the muffin cups to high, or you’ll have a tall patty (not exactly the easiest thing to eat if you have a little toddler mouth!)

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, we baked these till they were cooked all the way through (15 minutes)

And that was all!  Well, I do realize those are quite a few steps, but they were fun to make, and once in awhile, makes a great, toddler friendly meal.  Of course to save loads of time, you could use store bought dinner rolls for your buns!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

 Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

And don’t forget to serve your baby burgers with sliced pears!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food

Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups of flour and yeast. In a small saucepan combine the milk, sugar, butter, and salt. Heat until the butter is just melted, no longer. Add the milk mixture to the flour along with the two beaten eggs. Add the remaining whole wheat flour and knead for about 5-10 minutes. Add more flour if necessary to prevent the dough from sticking to your bowl or work space. Transfer dough to another bowl sprayed with cooking spray, and allow the dough to double in size, or for one hour. After risen, dump onto floured surface, and roll out with a rolling pin. Cut circles (about 3 inches across) in order to get small hamburger buns. Transfer circles onto a baking sheet. Crack one egg white into a small bowl, and whisk for 1 minute. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the circles with egg white. (optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds if you have them). Allow to rest for about 10 minutes on the pan. Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown. Remove from oven to cool. Slice lengthwise like a hamburger bun. Makes 18.

Hamburger Patties

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg white (we used the rest of egg white from our rolls)
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon season salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients and press small amounts into a muffin tin. Sprinkle cheese on top if you like it. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Pop out onto paper towels to blot the moisture away before you put the patties on your buns.
written by
Amy Roskelley

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i like the sliced pears – they really look a bit like french fries in that photo.

Alana says:

Amy,

Thanks for the clear recipes plus the logical progression of images; this looks so simple to make! Quick question: would you recommend using a mixture of wholewheat and all-purpose flour to make the bun more palatable?

Alana

Yes the sliced pears looked like french fries! Its appealing and cute! Surely every kid would love to get their hands on these baby burgers.

Amy says:

Alana- You could definitely do half whole wheat and half flour for sure!

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Tracy says:

I love the idea of these burgers! What kind of seasoned salt do you use? (And what could be a substitute if I don’t have it.) Thx.

Amy says:

I used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt- but just salt and pepper would work great!

Tracy says:

thanks!

Jessica Dodson says:

Made These For My Family And Myself..My Boys And Myself Loved Them Even My Husband Did Ty For The Great Recipe!!…This Is N’t Just For Toddlers. My Kids Are 9 And 15 I’m 32 And My Hubby Is 35. We Enjoyed Every Lil Yummy Bit!!!

Leesh says:

Do i have to add sugar to the buns?

Amy says:

Sugar activates the yeast. You can try it without, but generally there is some sort of sugar to help bread rise.

Leesh says:

oh ok 🙂 thank you, im a beginner in baking..

Amy says:

Well good luck than 🙂

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sal says:

May i know the exact measurements for 2 cups of flour?

sal says:

May i knw what is the actual measurements when you say “cup”?

Thanks.

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= 162?3 international tablespoons (15 mL each)
= 12.5 Australian tablespoons (20 mL each)
? 8.80 imperial fluid ounces
? 8.45 U.S. customary fluid ounces

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monika says:

Does this work with the veggies we don’t eat mushrooms

Amy says:

Yes, you can just leave the mushrooms out.. It should be fine!

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Thank you so very much for great toddler foods that are appealing and use whole foods. Without being offensive to you may I suggest recommending using a very light coating of oil in place of using a store bought cooking spray which some people may have? I have found a couple misters that you pump after adding oil of your choice for that type of ease. Again, thank you, love your recipes.

Shannon says:

These look great. Can I freeze some of the patties? Thanks.

Yes Shannon! You can freeze them.

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