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Recipe for family meals :

Homemade Burgers . . . crammed with vegetables

Mark EarndenThis recipe for Homemade Burgers comes from Chef Mark Earnden, the presenter of a food show called ExpoChef, which helps promote healthy eating in the community. ExpoChef is an interactive cooking show that demonstrates how to make food fun, easy and healthy.

Lets get cooking . . .

OK, before we start you must:

  • Clear clutter away
  • Wash your hands
  • Rinse and clean the fruit and vegetables

THe Expo Chef recipes consist of three easy steps to cooking which are:

  • Preparation
  • Cooking method
  • Plating up the food

There are no exact measurements as Mark's recipes are intended only as guidelines . . . but please eat everything in moderation and remember those all important portion sizes!

Mark wants you to experiment with flavours using herbs and spices. Remember cooking is not an exact science so give this recipe a go and good luck!

Remember to try to vary your diet! Just because you like a recipe does not mean you should carry on eating that dish alone! Challenge your body with new meals and new ingredients . . . plus it is fun to experiment with food!

Remember: use herbs to season instead of salt!

Ingredients for Homemade Burgers

500g minced beef or lamb
1/2 x medium sized onion
1 x pepper
2 x celery sticks
2 x tablespoon of olive oil
Cinnamon, thyme, basil

How to make Homemade Burgers

  • Chop the pepper, celery and onion in small pieces
  • Place meat into a mixing bowl

Cooking method

  • Add the first spoonful of oil to a frying pan and throw the veggies in
  • Allow them to cook (not burn!) until they are soft

    Tip: You can add cinnamon, basil, small amount of ketchup, garlic puree or mustard to the vegetables whilst cooking

  • Once cooked add the vegetables to the uncooked mince and mix in thoroughly until the meat and vegetables make a paste and the mix "sticks" together.
  • Mold the mix into little burgers, rolling the mix between your hands and then flattening into a burger
  • Add second tablespoon of olive oil into the frying pan and cook the burgers on both sides until cooked all the way through

Tip: You could also oven bake or grill the burgers

Plating up the food

  • Put the burger on a wholemeal bun with your favourite salad

Makes 10

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Mark Earnden
Expo Chef

Expo Chef