Hamburgers get a bad rap, however, the burger itself is not necessarily unhealthy. Making your burgers from scratch gives you total control over what is added to the recipe. We’ve used Mettrum Originals Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds to help bind the burgers and add a delicious nutty flavour. With a few minor tweaks you’ll be enjoying a Saturday afternoon BBQ, guilt free.
Today we’ve used a traditional thin sliced sesame seed slider bun. Take your time when choosing your bun and toppings, this is where the sugar content will start to creep up. If you are looking for a gluten free option, or you would like to remove the extra carbs all together, try substituting the bun for lettuce. It’s fresh, crispy and a fantastic alternative to a traditional bun. To top these tasty morsels, we’ve used home made BBQ sauce and mayo.
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, pressed
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 ounces of blue cheese, chilled and cut into ½ inch cubes
15 soft rolls. (Or large lettuce leaves to replace the bun)
1.5 pounds lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
2 tablespoons Mettrum Originals Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds
Preheat the BBQ to 350 degrees F, then line an extra large Baking sheet with parchment paper. You may choose to do this on a flat table top to ensure you have enough space to cut the mixture into 15 slider patties. (Note: Once rolled out the mixture will be folded in half.)
Gently combine the garlic, egg, hemp seeds, pepper and meat with your hands, do not over mix. Once combined, place the mixture in the middle of the baking sheet. Cover the mixture with a large sheet of cellophane, then roll with a rolling pin until it covers the surface of the pan. Remove the cellophane and place the cubes of blue cheese to one half of the mixture. Ensure the cubes are spaced evenly so that you will be able to cut roughly 15 patties.
Using the parchment paper, gently fold the remaining mixture over the area where you have placed the blue cheese. Apply slight pressure to encase the cheese in the mixture, then using a pizza wheel cut the meat into 15 even squares.
Cook burgers for 2 – 3 minutes per side.