These burgers use good-quality lean mince and have no added salt, getting their flavour instead from the addition of mature cheddar and onions. The added bonus of making your own burgers is that you can make appropriately-sized ones for each family member, including the baby. It’s a good introduction to red meat for a baby who doesn’t yet have the teeth necessary to tackle a steak – Darling Daughter, at six months old, just devoured hers, which I had made rectangle-shaped so that it cut easily into two fingers. You could even make them to take to a BBQ!

Serves 2 adults and 2 young children.


250g lean mince
100g mature cheddar, grated
1 small onion, very finely chopped/minced
1 beef stock cube (optional)


1) Mix together the mince, cheddar and onion, squishing it together well and kneading it until well combined.
2) Form into balls of the appropriate size for each person, then flatten and mould into burger shapes. If adults or older children want some additional flavour, form the children/toddlers’ burgers first, then mix in a crumbled stock cube to the remaining mixture. It’s best to make the burgers fairly flat and wide, as they will get smaller and fatter while cooking.
3) Grill the burgers, turning as necessary, until well browned on both sides and cooked through in the middle (15-20 minutes).
4) Serve in buns (I used 50/50 rolls), in pitta pockets or just as they are.

My rating: 8.5/10 (see my ratings post for how I arrived at this score)