Baked Mini Beef Burgers

These mini burgers are so tasty. My boyfriend requests them regularly and I've been known to demolish a few too many. They are perfect to serve with drinks (next to some toothpicks for spearing) or to throw into a salad for a delicious hit of protein. And my favourite part is that they are baked.

I don't mind the odd bit of pan frying (pancakes usually motivate me). But honestly, I'm much happier if I can throw something into the oven and forget about it (see my recipe for baked Curried Chicken Meatballs). There is a bit of labour involved shaping the mixture into patties, but I think it's worth it. 

I've added finely grated carrot to the recipe for sweetness, which works well with the beef and spices. I think it's important to finely grate the carrot (I use a microplane grater) so it blends well into the mince.

If you want my view on beef, I always try to buy free-range, grass-fed meat for ethical reasons but also because grass-fed meat is said to be richer in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid than grain-fed meat (check out this article for more information). I also think it tastes better. I buy it from Cannings Free Range Butchers (if you're in Melbourne, you can order online and they deliver). I've heard that most beef in Australia is grass-fed (unlike the situation in the United States where grain-fed meat is the norm). But if you're not sure, why not ask your butcher.

i n g r e d i e n t s

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 medium carrot, finely grated 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Good pinch of sea salt

p r e p a r a t i o n

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine. I find it easiest to use my hands to kind of squish and squeeze the mixture together.
  3. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and form into patties. It helps to wet your hands every now and then to stop the mixture from sticking. Place on the lined baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes until browned and cooked through.
  4. Serve warm or cold.