School Lunch – Burger & Fries

burger fries

Today’s school lunch was these cute little mini burgers, baked fries, and grapes.

I had a FAIL when I tried to create something similar to the catered menu item, steak teriyaki. The rice was under done and the vegetables were overcooked. Ick. Luckily I have several packs of these burgers waiting in the freezer. I popped a pack in the fridge last night to thaw and then warmed in a pan this morning so they would be more solid instead of mushy. Finished them with a tiny smear of ketchup. Yesterday while the little dude was having a snack I did the fries. Sliced a small potato, tossed with paprika and salt, and baked at 425 for about 25 minutes.

Cost of this school lunch is approximately $0.70.

These burgers usually include walnuts or almonds. His school is nut-free, so I substituted more pepitas. Each mini burger is about 1 ounce. The mix can also be formed into full size patties, 4-6 ounces. It can even be crumbled and sauteed like taco meat. Different spices make it interesting. Lately I’ve been using a kebab seasoning, but typically I use a mix of chili powder and coriander or cumin. Let’s just say I’ve made MANY different burger varieties!

Veg Burgers
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 TB chia seeds
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1½ cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup pepitas chopped (can substitute chopped almonds or walnuts)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds*
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 3 TB kebab seasoning (or other preferred spice to taste)
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Add chia seeds to warm water and allow to sit.
  2. Mince onion and carrot in a food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  3. Process oats into flour using food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add half beans to bowl. Mash the remaining beans using fork or food processor. Add to bowl.
  5. Add all other ingredients, including chia mixture, to mixing bowl and incorporate well.
  6. Divide into desired patty size. Cook in a pan on medium heat for a few minutes on each side. Can be frozen before or after cooking.

*I use a seed mix that includes sunflower seeds, pepitas, flax, and chia.

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