Stuffed Mini-Burgers with Spinach and Cheese

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Kids are picky eaters, so we have to be creative to make sure they get their daily dose of nutrients. Wraps and stuffed burgers can hide some ingredients that kids might normally refuse.

Stuffed Veal Mini-Burgers with Spinach and Cheese

These stuffed veal mini burgers are hiding some very nutritious spinach and mozzarella cheese. Both make the burger juicier and more exciting. Stuffing can also be made with broccoli, mushrooms, kale, carrots or any other ingredients that you prefer.

Serve with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and a side salad or sliced veggies.

Ingredients (yields about 6-8)

  • 1 pound lean ground veal or beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz steamed or sauteed spinach
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano, chopped
  • dash of salt and pepper*

Directions

  1. In medium-sized bowl, combine ground meat with egg and mix together.
  2. Add olive oil, breadcrumbs, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well together.
  3. Scoop a round tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Flatten the ball and place about 1/2 teaspoon each of mozzarella and spinach in the center-enough so you can enclose it into a ball. Shape finished ball gently into a burger. Repeat until all mixture is finished.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add all burgers. Fry on medium heat for few minutes, then turn over when surfaces are browned. (As an alternative you can bake burgers in oven on a baking pan greased with olive oil for 15 to 20 minutes, or you can use a grill.)
  5. Remove from pan or grill and allow to cool for a minute.
  6. Serve warm as part of a dinner dish with mashed potatoes or cold as a snack or in a sandwich.

healthy kids meal

For a vegetarian alternative to these mini-burgers, see our Stuffed Eggplant Chops.

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