Change up those usual burgers by adding the great taste of cheese right in the mix and making them into mini burgers. Kids (and kids at heart) will love them!
- 1 small carrot, finely shredded
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
- 1 egg
- 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Canadian old Cheddar or Marble cheese
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, salt and pepper
- 1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef
- Twelve 2 to 3 inch (5 to 7.5 cm) whole wheat dinner rolls or mini buns
- Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced pickles or other condiments
- Preheat barbecue grill to medium-high or preheat broiler. Butter a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet if using broiler.
- In a large bowl, combine carrot, bread crumbs, tomato paste, egg, 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cheese, salt and pepper. Stir with a fork until blended. Add beef and using fork, blend in just until combined, but don't over mix.
- Shape into 12 patties, each about 2-3/4-inches (6 cm) in diameter and 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick.
- Place on a greased grill or on prepared baking sheet. Grill, covered, or broil for about 5 min or until juices rise to the surface. Flip over and cook for 3 to 5 min longer or until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the centre registers at least 160F (70C) and burgers are well done.
- Sprinkle with remaining cheese and cook for 1 min or until cheese is melted. Meanwhile, split buns and toast, if desired.
- Place burger patties on buns and garnish with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, or as desired.
For step-by-step instructions for this recipe and more, visit Dairy Farmers of Canada.