Burgers — Or How I Get Oliver to Eat His Veggies

The magic word. No, it's not please in our house hold. It's Burger. Or sometimes Fries. Or occasionally cookie or chocolate. Sometimes even cream (short for whipped cream). And at times, even the mention of blueberries, strawberries or grapes actually has some power.

But Burgers. Hamburgers. Yep. He's a meatman. Er, I mean boy.

So here's the skinny. I put whatever veggies I can find into the burger meat. Oliver doesn't know what hit him. Matt and I have even eaten the same burgers for dinner. Not bad. Really. Not bad.

This burger pictured below contained zucchini, califlower and onion, and then a bit of cheese for good measure. That's about it. In the past I've diced up red peppers, carrots, broccoli and whatnot.

So here's the deal. Chop up the veggies as small as you possibly can. Put all veggies, seasonings and meat into a bowl. Add some shredded cheese, but not too much. This time I even put an egg into the mix to hold it all together.

burgers - before

Normally we grill these puppies. But, um, I have to admit, at this point, I'm not quite sure how to put a new tank of fuel (gas?) onto the grill. So, these burgers were cooked in a cast iron skillet with a bit of olive oil.

burgers - before

Recipe? Well, I basically told you above. But I"ll seee if I can't be more specific.

Veggie Meat Burgers

1 lb ground meat
1 zucchini shredded
1/2 cup diced cauliflower
1/2 med onion, diced
4 oz cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 egg

(OK I wasn't kidding when I said I just grabbed whatever I had in the fridge. And... all ingredients are organic, except the meat which was raised hormone-free, grass fed.)

Mix all ingredients into a bowl. Make into appropriate sized patties. Cook med, med-rare. Freeze any leftovers.

I cook the burgers med-rare and then freeze them. That way, when you re-heat the burger, they do not dry out.

I serve these with organic Alexia French Fries and Sweet Potato Fried (they are baked, therefor more healthy!) and of course, Oliver loves to dip all bites into some ketchup.