I got the idea for these beetroot beef burgers from the Australian fondness of serving a beef burger with slices of beetroot on top. I’ve gone a step further and ‘hidden’ the beetroot in the burger. I say ‘hidden’ but it’s pretty visible, as the beetroot gives them a deep pinky purple. Mini Jones is not the biggest fan of meat at the moment, however he was taken with the colour and gobbled a burger up in no time! The step of cooking the onion and garlic first is optional – it dulls the onion-flavour, which Mini Jones liked, however Mr Jones preferred the flavour of making the burgers with raw onion and garlic.

Beetroot Beef Burgers

Beetroot Beef Burgers

Yield: 14 mini burgers

Category: dinner, lunch

Cuisine: modern australian


1 dsp olive oil

1 small red or white onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, crushed

500g lean beef mince

1 small raw beetroot, peeled and finely grated

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

Dash Worcester sauce – optional


Black pepper


Lightly grease a baking tray with olive oil.

Optional step - Pour the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion over a medium heat until soft, add the garlic and cook for another minute then place to one side to cool.

In a large bowl, mash the beef mince with a fork to break it down. Stir through the cooled/raw onions and garlic, beetroot, egg, ground cumin, ground coriander, Worcester sauce and salt and pepper, mixing until well combined.

With wet hands, take a small handful of the mixture – slightly larger than golf ball size – and shape into a ball. Place on the greased tray and flatten to around 2cm thick.

Once all burgers have been shaped, drizzle over a little more oil, then cover with clingfilm and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Heat the oven to 220˚C/ 425˚F.

Take the clingfilm off the burgers and place the tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the burgers are cooked through.

Serve in a bun with avocado, lettuce and tomato – or any combination you or your child eat!

Barbecue – heat the barbecue and cook for 3-4 minutes each side until cooked through.

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