AROUND THE WORLD MINI BURGER

Around the World Mini Burgers --
 
  • Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)
  2. 1 slice white bread
  3. 1 egg white
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  6. 12 whole wheat dinner rolls
Toppings:
  1. Mexican, Moroccan, Italian or Asian (recipes follow)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AROUND THE WORLD MINI BURGER

  1. Always WASH your hands before beginning to prepare a recipe. GATHER all your cooking supplies (see list below). MAKE sure you have all the ingredients.
  2. CHOOSE a topping and MAKE it as directed below. Set it aside while making the burgers.
  3. TEAR the bread slice into pieces. Adult help may be needed: Place pieces in a food processor or blender container. Cover; PROCESS until the bread becomes crumbs. MEASURE 1/4 cup bread crumbs; set aside.
  4. PLACE the egg white in a large bowl. Lightly BEAT the egg white with a fork. ADD the Ground Beef, bread crumbs, salt and pepper to the bowl. MIX lightly but not too much with 2 forks until everything is combined.
  5. DIVIDE the beef mixture into 12 equal portions. SHAPE each portion into mini patties about 1/2-inch thick; set aside. WASH your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water.
  6. Adult help may be needed: With a serrated knife and cutting board, carefully CUT each dinner roll in half to form a top and bottom. Set aside.
  7. Adult help needed: Using a barbecue spatula, PLACE the patties on a grid over medium, ash-covered coals. GRILL, covered, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Careful! Watch for flare-ups on grill! Wear barbecue mitts when turning the burgers. The burgers are done when an instant-read food thermometer inserted horizontally into center reads 160°F. Carefully REMOVE the burgers to a clean plate.
  8. Adult help needed: Carefully PLACE the dinner rolls, cut sides down, on the grid. GRILL, uncovered, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. SERVE the mini burgers with desired topping on the toasted rolls.

    Mexican Topping: Adult help may be needed: With a sharp knife and cutting board, CUT a washed lime in half. SQUEEZE the juice from the lime using a citrus juicer or reamer. MEASURE 1 tablespoon juice; pour into another small bowl. ADD 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin; STIR with a spoon until blended. SPREAD the yogurt mixture evenly over the cut sides of the toasted dinner rolls with a table knife. PLACE the cooked burgers on the roll bottoms. TOP the burgers with 1/4 cup prepared salsa, 1/4 cup prepared guacamole and 1/4 cup shredded jalapeño pepper cheese, dividing evenly. CLOSE the sandwiches with the roll tops.

    Moroccan Topping: Adult help may be needed: With a cutting board and sharp knife, CUT a washed cucumber into 24 very thin slices. Cut 4 washed plum tomatoes into 6 slices each. SPREAD 1/2 cup prepared hummus over the cut sides of the toasted dinner rolls with a table knife, dividing evenly. PLACE 2 cucumber and 2 tomato slices on top of hummus. TOP with the burgers and CLOSE the sandwiches with the roll tops.

    Italian Topping: Adult help may be needed: With a cutting board and sharp knife, CHOP enough of a washed medium tomato to measure 1 cup. CRUSH 1 small, peeled garlic clove in a garlic press. STACK several washed basil leaves and ROLL up the leaves, starting at a long side, forming a tight cylinder. Carefully CUT the cylinder crosswise into very thin slices. MEASURE 1/4 cup of the basil. COMBINE the tomato, garlic, basil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper into a small bowl with a spoon; set aside. Carefully CUT one 3-ounce ball of fresh mozzarella cheese into 12 slices. PLACE 1 mozzarella slice on each toasted dinner roll bottom. TOP with the burgers and tomato mixture, dividing evenly. CLOSE the sandwiches with the roll tops.

    Asian Topping: Adult help may be needed: STACK 3 to 4 washed Romaine lettuce leaves on a cutting board. ROLL up the leaves, starting at a long side, forming a tight cylinder. With a sharp knife and cutting board, carefully CUT the cylinder crosswise into very thin slices. MEASURE 3/4 cup shredded lettuce. COMBINE 1/2 cup prepared plum sauce and 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard in a small bowl with a spoon. With a table knife, SPREAD the plum sauce mixture evenly over the cut sides of the toasted dinner roll bottoms with a table knife. TOP with 3/4 cup preshredded carrots and lettuce, dividing evenly. TOP with the burgers. CLOSE the sandwiches with the roll tops.
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