Kids are bound to get lured with all the attractive junk food commercials and posters. And giving them experiences of different types of food and taste is also important. But frequent consumption of unhealthy processed food is not good for them. So without taking away the taste and feel of junk food, converting it into healthy meal is something I did for my kids. My kids loves burgers and it is on their demand list whenever I am planning the menu. Switching to ingredients which are similar in taste to the restaurant style burgers, I made few variations in the patty and fillings of it. Do try out these healthy and fun recipes and see how your kids cravings get satisfied without feeling any guilt.
1. The Classic Burger
This variation is the replica of classic burger recipe but made in a healthier way. Switch the regular burger bun to whole wheat bun and instead of using cheese or mayo, I went for fresh cream and curd white sauce.
🍔 Whole Wheat Burger Buns
🍔 Tomato Ketchup
🍔 2 medium sized boiled potato
🍔 1 tablespoon each of split black lentil(urad daal) flour and tapioca pearls(sabudana) flour
🍔 A pinch each of red chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder(optional),cumin powder,garam masala powder & dry mango powder
🍔 Salt to taste
🍔 1 small green clilli finely chopped
For Secret Sauce
🍔 1 tablespoon fresh cream
🍔 1 tablespoon curd
🍔 1 tablespoon grated cucumber
🍔 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion(optional)
🍔 Half a pinch of garam masala powder, black salt and white salt.
1. In a bowl, mash the boiled potato and add in the split black lentil and tapioca pearls flour.
2. Season it with red chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder ,cumin powder,garam masala powder, dry mango powder & salt. Add green chilli and mix everything together.
3. Shape the potato mixture into small patty with oil greased hands and fry them in butter on medium untill brown spots appear on both sides. Keep it aside.
4. To make the sauce, in a deep bowl, add fresh cream, curd, grated cucumber, finely chopped onion and season it with salt, garam masala & black salt. Give it mix.
5. Split the buns and toast it in butter on medium heat, spread the prepared sauce on one side of the bun and tomato ketchup on other side. Place the patty in the centre and secure the buns with a toothpick.
These cute bite sized burgers are a great option for kids parties and will definitely bring a smile on their face. Serve it with french fries and juice or soft drink and it will make the party talk of the town.
2. The Rainbow Burger
The patty in this one has earthy mildly sweet flavour of beetroot and the purple sauce is prepared by using purple cabbage. For the salad part, I opted carrots and lettuce
❤️ Multigrain Burger Buns
❤️ 2 medium sized beetroot peeled & chopped
❤️ 2 medium sized boiled potato peeled & chopped
❤️ 2-3 tablespoon rice flour( or poha powder/breadcrumbs/samolina)
❤️ A pinch each of red chilli powder, corriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder
❤️ Salt to taste
❤️ 2 tablespoon finely chopped corriander leaves
❤️ Breadcrumbs(or poha powder/puffed rice powder) for coating
❤️ 1/2 cup sweetened curd
❤️ 4-5 tablespoon grated purple cabbage
❤️ Lettuce leaves
❤️ Peeled carrots
1. Add water in a saucepan and insert steamer. Steam to boil the beetroot and potato for 8-10 minutes on medium heat.
2. Once boiled, let them cool to room temperature and grate both. Squeeze out excess water from grated beetroot.
3. In a bowl, add the grated potato and beetroot and season it with red chilli powder, corriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and salt. Add rice flour, corriander leaves and mix everything well. The consistency of the mixture should be dough like, you can adjust it by adding more rice flour if required. Shape the mixture into small tikkis.
4. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the tikkis until crisp from outside. If you want to deep fry it, dip it in a flour-water slurry and coat with breadcrumbs before frying. You can cook it in microwave and airfryer as well.
5. Add purple cabbage to sweetened curd and mix to prepare the purple sauce. Assemble the burger by toasting the buns and speeading purple sauce on both sides. Put some lettuce leaves , peeled carrots and the beetroot patty and secure with a toothpick.
Not only does it look attractive but it also tastes yummy. Serve it with some ketchup and kids will love it.
3. All Green Burger
The rustic flavour of corriander and freshness of broccoli gives it a twist. The cooking method is simple but it surely will get you zillions of compliments when served to guests.
🥦 Oats or whole wheat bun
🥦 1 cup broccoli florets.
🥦 1 clove of garlic chopped
🥦 A pinch of black pepper powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder
🥦 Salt to taste
🥦 1 boiled & mashed potato
🥦 1 tablespoon chickpea flour/besan
🥦 1 cup Water
🥦 Corriander chutney
1. In a medium sized saucepan, add water and insert a steamer. Add broccoli florets and cover with lid. Let it steam for 10-15 minutes untill the broccoli is fork tender.
2. Finely chop the steamed broccoli(you can grind it as well) and it in a bowl along with boiled mashed potato.
3. Season it with salt,black pepper powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder & garam masala powder and add chickpea flour. You can also add finely chopped onions as well at this step.Mix everything nicely and shape it into small tikkis.
4. Heat oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the tikkis on both side until golden brown on medium heat. The tikkis can be cooked in microwave too or can be deep fried as well.
5. Assemble the burger by apply corriander chutney on buns and placing some shredded cabbage and brocolli patty in between.
Enjoy this simple yet delicious delicacy with ketchup or yougurt dip along with some masala chai. It is a great way to incorporate the goodness of broccoli in meals which will be enjoyed by kids without any fuss.
Try out these variations of burgers and your kids will love it for sure. To see the recipe of patty in all three burgers, follow @teenycookbook on instagram.