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:
- It’s small enough for little fingers to hold.
- The buns are homemade to get them the perfect size!
- Most of the veggies are inside the patty, so they don’t slide off while the kids are trying to eat it!
- 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!
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
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
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg white we used the rest of egg white from our rolls
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/2 onion chopped finely
- 1/2 cup mushrooms chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon season salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
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.
- 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.
And don’t forget to serve your baby burgers with sliced pears!
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i like the sliced pears – they really look a bit like french fries in that photo.
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?
Yes the sliced pears looked like french fries! Its appealing and cute! Surely every kid would love to get their hands on these baby burgers.
Alana- You could definitely do half whole wheat and half flour for sure!
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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.
I used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt- but just salt and pepper would work great!
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!!!
Do i have to add sugar to the buns?
Sugar activates the yeast. You can try it without, but generally there is some sort of sugar to help bread rise.
oh ok 🙂 thank you, im a beginner in baking..
Well good luck than 🙂
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May i know the exact measurements for 2 cups of flour?
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1 cup = 250 milliliters
= 162?3 international tablespoons (15 mL each)
= 12.5 Australian tablespoons (20 mL each)
? 8.80 imperial fluid ounces
? 8.45 U.S. customary fluid ounces
Thanks for your prompt response.
Does this work with the veggies we don’t eat mushrooms
Yes, you can just leave the mushrooms out.. It should be fine!
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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.
These look great. Can I freeze some of the patties? Thanks.
Yes Shannon! You can freeze them.
My kids loved it especially the buns.. Thank you for the recipe!
Can you freeze these? I only have one little one so wouldn’t want them to go to waste
Yes! They freeze great. 🙂
Hello! Would you freeze the patties raw or after cooking?
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!