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Muffin Tin Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food


The perfect size burger for little mouths with veggies inside! Forget about messy falling apart burgers – these toddler finger food burgers will be a part of your Summer meal rotation for sure!

Toddler Friendly Food

We asked you on Facebook what type of recipes you wanted to see more of- and many of you wanted Toddler Friendly Dinners!  So, today I’ve got one for you – Baby Burgers!  

I love these as an alternative to a regular burger because:

  1. It’s small enough for little fingers to hold.
  2. The buns are homemade to get them the perfect size!
  3. Most of the veggies are inside the patty, so they don’t slide off while the kids are trying to eat it!
  4. Plus, we served our burgers with sliced pears, and don’ they just look like fries (without all the work!)  The kids loved the pears as much as they like fries!

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Making hamburger buns is easy! I don’t mind buying buns, I can usually find them without too many ingredients and they aren’t too expensive.  BUT, if I don’t want to travel to the store, or I want the mini kind, or I just want to make bread and hang out in the kitchen with my kids, I make these!

This is a basic bread dough recipe. The biggest difference is that after the dough rises, you roll it out and then use a small circle cutter (like a doughnut cutter) to press the dough into smaller circles. They make the perfect size buns for your muffin tin burger patties!

This part is when the kids really like to help!

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!

Then, once we have all the circles cut out (it makes about 18), we brush the tops of the bun dough with an egg white wash. (another great job for the kiddos)

Then, we baked them.  You can also sprinkle sesame seeds on the buns!

Muffin Tin Burger

First, we added our veggies to the meat mixture instead of adding them later like a regular burger. This is great because then the veggies don’t fall of when your littles are trying to eat them.

To get the perfect size patty and also cook a lot at once, press the patties into a muffin tin.  Make sure not to fill the muffin cups to high, or you’ll have a tall patty (not exactly the easiest thing to eat if you have a little toddler mouth!)

Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food. These bitty burgers aren't just for babies!
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Baby Burgers: Toddler Friendly Finger Food

Prep Time1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 199kcal


Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs

Hamburger Patties


Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups of flour and yeast.   In a small saucepan combine the milk, sugar, butter, and salt.  Heat until the butter is just melted, no longer.  Add the milk mixture to the flour along with the two beaten eggs.  Add the remaining whole wheat flour and knead for about 5-10 minutes. Add more flour if necessary to prevent the dough from sticking to your bowl or work space.
  • Transfer dough to another bowl sprayed with cooking spray, and allow the dough to double in size, or for one hour. After risen, dump onto floured surface, and roll out with a rolling pin. Cut circles (about 3 inches across) in order to get small hamburger buns.
  • Transfer circles onto a baking sheet. Crack one egg white into a small bowl, and whisk for 1 minute. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the circles with egg white. (optional: sprinkle with sesame seeds if you have them). Allow to rest for about 10 minutes on the pan.
  • Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown. Remove from oven to cool. Slice lengthwise like a hamburger bun. Makes 18.

Hamburger Patties

  • Combine all ingredients and press small amounts into a muffin tin.  Sprinkle cheese on top if you like it.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.  Pop out onto paper towels to blot the moisture away before you put the patties on your buns.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
Keyword : beef, burgers, finger food, toddler friendly


And don’t forget to serve your baby burgers with sliced pears!

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Thanks for the clear recipes plus the logical progression of images; this looks so simple to make! Quick question: would you recommend using a mixture of wholewheat and all-purpose flour to make the bun more palatable?


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I love the idea of these burgers! What kind of seasoned salt do you use? (And what could be a substitute if I don’t have it.) Thx.

Made These For My Family And Myself..My Boys And Myself Loved Them Even My Husband Did Ty For The Great Recipe!!…This Is N’t Just For Toddlers. My Kids Are 9 And 15 I’m 32 And My Hubby Is 35. We Enjoyed Every Lil Yummy Bit!!!

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Thank you so very much for great toddler foods that are appealing and use whole foods. Without being offensive to you may I suggest recommending using a very light coating of oil in place of using a store bought cooking spray which some people may have? I have found a couple misters that you pump after adding oil of your choice for that type of ease. Again, thank you, love your recipes.

You can do it either way! Texture is a little better (in my opinion) if you freeze it raw and cook it, but it’s a super quick and easy meal if you freeze after cooking!

5 stars
I did not make the buns, but the burgers were great. Super easy and clean up was a breeze. Definitely a keeper for busy weeknights