Cooking with children – easy peasy beefburgers

I’ve done a lot of cooking with my children over the years.  Most of the time its been great fun though we’ve had our fair share of disasters (and mess) along the way.  For my son who has learning difficulties, cooking is a welcome break from the academic pressure at school.  The practical aspects of cooking and seeing what he has achieved at the end is brilliant for his self esteem and confidence.  He loves looking at what he has made at the end (and eating it of course)!!

Now he’s getting older I’m stepping back a bit and trying to encourage him to follow recipes on his own though I’m always around to help.  This recipe for homemade beefburgers is great for encouraging independence as it only includes a few ingredients and the instructions are fairly simple. For my son, he absolutely loves making these though he always tries to get out of clearing up at the end!


  • 500g of lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic granules (optional)

Serve with

  • burger buns
  • salad of your choosing – lettuce, onion rings, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper etc
  • salad dressing or relishes (optional)


  1. Mix the minced beef with the onion, egg, herbs and garlic (if using).
  2. Divide the mixture into four (though we manage to get 5 burgers out of this mix).  Using damp hands, roll each portion into a ball shape and gently squeeze to get a burger shape.  Make sure all the burgers are the same shape so that they cook evenly.  Place on a plate, cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that they can firm up.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the burger buns and prepare the salad.
  4. Cook the burgers on a preheated grill for about 12 minutes or until cooked and juices run clear. Turn occasionally.
  5. Place the cooked burgers between the rolls and serve with salad of your choice and any dressings or relishes (which for my son means loads of tomato ketchup).
  6. Eat and enjoy!

This recipe is being entered into Appliances Online’s Cooking With Kids competition, which is being hosted by Red Ted Art.

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