I held off calling these ‘World’s Best Mini Cheeseburgers’, but only because Tracey thought it might sound a little boastful.
A friend of mine makes a version of these in her catering business and they are always super popular. In fact, it was after tasting hers I decided to start experimenting with my own at home.
How do I know they’re so good? Well, the first time I made them I was really only trying to impress Tracey and I didn’t take into account my kids would devour them eagerly as well, so unfortunately I ended up eating baked beans for dinner. Is there a greater measure than this?
Peppercorn Food Company has sponsored this recipe, and their Extra Lean Beef Burgers (less than 3% saturated fat) really are perfect for the meaty role they play, especially as they come packed not only with lean beef but with carrots, onions and spices as well. Just a bit of resizing is needed for them to earn our ‘mini’ burger label.
If you want to try this for yourself, the good Peppercorn people have asked me to give three lucky people a $200 hamper filled of Peppercorn Food products, merchandise & a Woolworths voucher each. All you need to do is click the link below and ‘like’ their Facebook page and answer a simple question – ‘What would you throw on a burger for your family?’ – in 25 words or less in the comments below for your chance to WIN! The three most creative answers will be eating well. Share the giveaway with your friends to earn yourself extra entries and, I daresay, an invite to their BBQ if they win. Unfortunately this competition is only opened for metro residents nationwide.
You will need:
1 Large Onion, sliced
Knob of Butter (2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1 tray Peppercorn Food Company Extra Lean Beef Burgers
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 pinch Salt
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Turkish Breads
3 slices of Jarlsberg Cheese
STEP ONE: First, we caramelize the onions. Over a low heat melt the butter and throw in the onions, stirring constantly until they go slightly opaque. Add brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and, still stirring constantly, cook for another five minutes. Remove and set aside.
STEP TWO: Remove the beef patties from the tray and place in a bowl. Add the egg and mix it all together and then roll out smaller patties for our mini burgers. From six patties I made fifteen little ones.
STEP THREE: Spray some oil into a pan and start cooking your patties in batches over a medium heat, turning regularly, until done.
STEP FOUR: Now to make the simple Aioli. Mix your garlic with the pinch of salt and add mixture to the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Mix well.
STEP FIVE: Using a smallish scone cutter, cut out the ‘buns’ from the Turkish bread. Naturally, you’ll need enough for each of your patties. Once separated from the loaf, you can easily pull the top and bottom of your bun apart so you’ve somewhere to put the yummies. Cut the Jarlsberg cheese into the right number of slices too.
STEP SIX: Cut the Jarlsberg cheese into the right number of slices too.
STEP SEVEN: Now to assemble your cheeseburgers. On top of your bottom bun place the cooked patties, some caramelized onion, Jarlsberg cheese and a dob of aioli. Place your top ‘bun’ into place.
STEP EIGHT: Now your creations will need a couple of minutes in the grill to lightly toast the Turkish bread and melt that gorgeous cheese.
STEP NINE: Put yours aside. Seriously, you turn your back on these little beauties and you’ll end up opening a can for dinner as well.
Note: You could choose to buy a jar of Aioli from the store, or even a jar of caramelized onions, to save yourself a bit of time in the kitchen, but I think there’s nothing like the smell of fresh garlic and cooking onions to set the mood for a burger meal fit my little Prince and Princesses and, of course, my Queen.
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I would take gourmet to the next level with some grilled eggplants, zucchini and a bit of chilli.
This looks so naughty but so delicious!
These would be amazing with my home made satay sauce!
I think adding some blue cheese and pickles with chocolate dipped chips (don’t knock it until you try it).
I would add caramlised onions, beetroot and blue cheese 🙂
Egg, Mozzarella Cheese, and a Garlic & Bacon Aioli. Yum!
These look incredible. A perfect weekend meal…this weekend I think!
I would add lettuce (gotta get the veggies in where I can) and a touch of mango chutney.
Melted cheese and meat for the kids, swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms and onion and balsamic dressing and meat for the adults.
Beetroot. Every true Australian burger needs beetroot.
Lettuce, tomato’s, cheese, fried onions and bacon, can’t forget the bacon 🙂 Ooooh and an egg, the boys always insist on an egg.
Whatever they wanted so no complaints!! Everyone would have something different thrown on there’s with the way they’re all so fussy these days.
For my family?… I might try CRUSHED TWISTIES atop the childrens’ Peppercorn Beef Burgers and tomato tomorrow night. Maybe that will get them over the current “Oh YUK” phase! 😉
(We adults will go much more gourmet with roasted capsicum, rocket and avocado!)
Fried onions, fried egg & bacon, grilled tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot dip & seeded mustard…delish!
Beetroot, pineapple, lean meat and BBQ sauce – we love our sweet and sour combo!
Generous slices of smoked cheddar cheese, carmelised onion with tangy sumac, vine ripened tomatoes and mango, chilli relish!
Turkey mince patty, cranberry sauce, jarls berg cheese! Lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, yum yum
Quince paste, fried zuccini salsa, cos lettuce, spinach, beef and chickpea pattie…on a wholemeal nine grain toasted roll!
I know it will sound gross, by my daughter will only eat meat if peanut butter is involved! So her meatburger HAS to have peanut butter on it!
All burgers HAVE to have lots of fried onion, and if possible, a hashbrown as well!
Caramelised onion is the only necessary ingredient in any hamburger, after the meat patty of course!
My daughter LOVES pine nuts and so any burger (or, in fact, almost everything she eats) has to have pine nuts in it! Good source of protein, and she’s very underweight, so I’m fine with that!
Onion, BBQ sauce and lots of tasty cheese!
It’s not a burger without bacon!
Some Manners, and maybe some tomato sauce if they’re lucky… 😉
Burger night is the best. Kids make their own. Just get out the fillings, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomatoes. Have the onion and paties cooked and Kids go for it. Not forgetting good ole sauce.
Gruyere Cheese, Grilled Onions, Bacon, Red Capsicum and hot sauce – oh yeah!!
I would throw MYSELF … on this grenade. 😉 In theory, I am protecting them from such ‘more-ish’ delights. Hey, Lady Gaga wore meat too!
meat, cheese, tomato sauce smiley face in a bun. can’t get much better than that… not just for adults lol its great for kiddies too 😀
Add a ribbon of zucchini and some thinly sliced mushrooms to the onion mix … Mmmmmmm now my mouth is watering
Grilled vegies off the barbie
I’d wrap the burger in bacon, and top it with apple slices. Then I could eat it for breakfast!
I’d wrap my burger in bacon, have pancakes as the bun, and top with apple slices and maple syrup. Mmmm breakfast!
(Whoops can you please only approve the second one, thanks!)
haha of course 🙂
Bacon and cheese and caramalised onion
Fried Onion, Lettuce, Beetroot, Tomato, Cucumber, Salt and pepper.
Garlic tomatos and cucumber
i would add bacon lettuce tomato and beetroot and grilled thin pineapple slices and for sauce smoked bbq for my daughters and chille for hubbie and me
i would add bacon lettuce tomato and beetroot and grilled thin pineapple slices and for sauce smoked bbq for my daughters and chille for hubbie
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Blue cheese, rocket and sun-dried tomatoes!
Love these products!
anything and everything. onion, beetroot, relish, lettuce, cheese, pineapple, beetroot and egg…
I like my burgers plain…the pattie does the talking and the extras harmonizes. Tomato, mixed lettuce, and a zigzag of ketchup (the fancy brand) and toast not a thick bun as it makes a burger too calorific.
My kids love hamburger night !!! we add beetroot lettuce tomato bacon egg cheese onion and choice of sauce BBQ sweet chilli or Tomato 🙂
red onion, coz lettuce, vine ripe tomatoes, jarlsberg cheese and of course the lightly seasoned patty
Salad and mango chutney is what I put on my burgers but my family choose their own toppings!
We like, bacon, egg, pineapple, lettuce, beetroot, double cheese, onion and a spicy relish!
You definitely need Gherkins on any burger. With a big dollop of aioli.
Yummy homegrown produce! Tomatoes still warm from the sun, spicy pickled beetroot and fresh, peppery rocket!
That sounds perfect! I would only add chilli as it goes on everything except maybe cereal in our house.
Mmmm they look good maybe just add basil and Parmesan tapenade and fresh tomatoes.
Some fried mushroom, fried eggs and tomato sauce!
peppercorn’s extra lean burger with caramelized onion,smoked cheese,dill pickles,tomato,tomato relish,mustard,lettuce,pancetta
Currently being pregnant anything I can find goes on burgers including pineapple mushrooms cheese etc
Yum! These look amazing! Can’t wait for my next visit to G town and you can rustle me up some for lunch Bruce!!
Caramelise some red onion and a nice tasty cheese….
Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmo do you get wine as well?
Avocado, Swiss cheese & caramel used onions!
Spicy tomato relish, rocket and slices of pumpkin roasted with maple syrup.
Salads galore, egg aand home made rissoles.
I’d probably like to spice it up a bit with chilli or cayenne maybe and DEFINTELY add avocado and aioli! Oh my Lordy…!
hash browns and bacon
We make a beautiful barbeque sauce with caramelised onions and we put it on everything.
We love the classic beef burger with melted swiss cheese, topped with sautéed mushroom and onion, finished with a swirl of Spicy BBQ sauce.
I would add Lettuce,cheese,onion,bacon,beetroot and tomato sauce.
Add sriacha sauce omg
Fried mushroom, egg, maybe some bacon and tomato sauce!
Grilled onion, capsicum, eggplant, tomato and zucchini as well as the traditional lettuce, egg and beetroot
Everything! Beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles, snow peas, pickles, chutney, all kinds of sauces, awesome!
FRESH COLESLAW, SWISS CHEESE, CARAMELISED ONION, SHREDDED BEETROOT AND HOME-MADE RELISH, WITH A BARBEQUED LEAN BEEF BURGER ON LIGHTLY TOASTED SOUR-DOUGH ROLL!!
Pickled beetroot & turnip
A works burger with beef patty, Bacon, pineapple, egg, cheese, lettuce, beetroot, tomato, BBQ & tomato sauce mmmmm…….heaven
The kids won’t go past tomato sauce, but for the adults, I’d top the burger with home made pickled vegetables from end of season fresh garden produce.
Everyone likes and dislikes different add ons. I put a large platter on the table with everything I can find including lettuce tomato, grated cheese, grated carrot, thin pineapple rings, fried onion, diced dried apricot,beetroot, aoili, chutney and tomato sauce and everyone fills their own bun
Tomato salsa, ham and cheese for a burger parmigiana.
I’d use haloumi and a mix of sour cream and tabasco for a tangy sauce.
CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE, PINE NUTS AND SPINCACH
Homemade crispy-battered onion strings and chipotle mayo with sliced dill pickles and pepperjack cheese on lightly toasted/buttered sourdough bun – not healthy, but heavenly!
Yummm your burgers look good!
We love to go tropical and add bacon and pineapple to our burgers as it tastes so fine, the sweet taste gets the kiddies all the time.
Mushrooms would definitely be on my burgers! Chilli jam and melted cheese.. Heaven
My Peppercorn beef burger would have to have grilled zucchini, caramelised onions and seeded mustard atop of it. Yuuuummmm!
Burgers in our family feature lots of greens, fried pineapple, egg and beetroot. Yum yum!
Melted Cammembert and pickle…tart and sweet mixed with meat juice and carbs..perfect comfort food
My boys are a bit fussy, so I’m limited to the basics for them. I love to add a nice relish or chutney to give a different flavour.
A juicy grilled mushroom, soft goat’s curd and sweet roasted red capsicum. Yum!
I’d probably go with some beetroot and bacon. These would be good for my partners 40th coming up at the end of the year
Homemade mayo with mustard, fresh grown tomato, lettuce and fried onion
We’re fans of wedges dipped in sour cream on our burgers!
I would add some melted Swiss cheese, a little grilled onion, roasted capsicum and some locally made and totally delicious tomato jam for extra flavour.
2 yummy peppercorn beef patties
Homemade relish sauce,
Lettuce, Swiss cheese,
caramelised onion and crunchy French fries
all on a freshly baked bun.
Onion, runny egg and cheese. Lots of cheese.
Yum! That looks tasty!
Hmmm burger ingredients:
Homemade Tomato Relish
On a toasted wholemeal bun!
Grilled and Marinated Chicken Breast
Cooked to perfection is the best!
Add some fresh mango dressing
You just know we will be impressing!
Grilled and Marinated Chicken Breast
Cooked to perfection is the best!
Add some fresh mango & chilli dressing
You just know we will be impressing!
Sorry please delete that extra one, computer problems….
It would have to be the great Aussie burger but with a European twist with some garlic aioli and a Mediterranean salad 😉
A hearty tomato relish with some melted gruyere hits the spot, but adding, say… Josh Holloway would make it extra hot!
I would put beetroot relish
My family is all gluten-free and we add all the fantastically fresh Woollies salad items that we can!
My family loves my homemade beef patties with lettuce, sautéed onions, tomatoes, pickles, cheese and mushroom sauce. YUM! Guess what we’re eating tonight!!
He wants this, she doesn’t like THAT;
Hubby’s on a diet free of fat…
So THEY can top their own burgers…
That’s where I’m at!
It wouldn’t be a burger without egg, lettuce, beetroot and bacon 🙂 Must have the bacon!
I would add beetroot! Can’t have a burger without it!
I would add caramelised onions, bacon and baby spinach
I love putting sprouts on our burgers, they taste great!
I love putting sprouts on our burgers, they taste great!
We go normal Aussie burger. Lettuce, tomato, egg, beetroot, bacon mmmmm bacon, red onion, cheese, BBQ sauce, hubby does some fancy sauces.
I would add some onions and mushrooms and a big piece of beet root!
Onion, cheese and a smidgen of sauce!!! Looks yummy 😉
Bacon every good burger has bacon that’s it nice and simple mmmmmmm
I would add bacon and egg then that makes them breakfast too right 😉
I would add grated mushrooms and add carrot and zucchini puree that way the little ferals will eat them and be none the wiser.
Sweet chilli sauce, carrot, char grilled zucchini and sour cream. For my 6 kids just plain cheese and sauce
add some ranch seasoning while cooking then place patty on toasted hawiian roll. Top with lettus, cherry tomato,avocado,bacon, and provaloan cheese 🙂
I would have to say, cheese, lettuce, aioli, maybe some bacon. these look delish..
Yum! I think I’d add blue cheese too! Although these sound delish like this too
Pineapple, Bacon and Aioli! Yummo!
Whatever my kids and hubby wanted on it but I would add some sort of different melted cheeses.
Yumm….caramelised onions, bacon and beetroot. Best burger ever!
Oooh… Added cracked pepper, white castello cheese, rocket lettuce, char-grilled vine tomato, and maybe cucumber or raw thin carrot slices for crunch.
Rocket, caramelized onion, beetroot relish and Swiss cheese
I would add cheese, bacon lettuce and a smokey chilli sauce , perhaps even a little homemade aioli.
Eat them anyway you like, but best of all at a table full of laughter 🙂
I would make burgers with salad, pineapple, bacon, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce. Yum!!
BBQ sauce is my flavour of choice at the moment. And some hidden veges for the kids in there somewhere. YUM
What would I throw on a burger? My hypothetical burger would include a big old spoonful of ‘stop weeing on the floor’ seriously how hard is it to aim?! When your the only woman in a house of men and boys..stepping in little piddle puddles is the bain of my existence. On the real deal- prob dble patties and chilli sauce. Maybe if I make them a nice dinner they will help the dishes too? Probably not.
peppercorn patties with mozzarella cheese rolled into the center, when you bite into it cheese oozes out! Pineapple, beetroot, egg, aioli, bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato!
MMMMMMp Pepercorn Burgers are so yum they taste devine in my Tum. My Princess loves hers plain on the bun maybe some tomato sauce and cheese for extra Fun. Hubby he is difficult so just lettuce and onion to, bacon if you want to be special and a egg on his few. Being Celiac I love the fact I can have premade burgers from the Pepercorn patch.
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pineapple, carrot, corn, tomato sauce and a you beaut burger patty. WE love our burgers BIG!
kids get cheese nd small salad adults get what ever
caramelised onions aioli spread bun with mashed roast pumpkin sprinkled with chia seeds, then the lovely peppercorn pattie, some grated beetroot and spinach leaves
Avocado, brie or camembert, thick slices of tomato and sweet chilli sauce on turkish bread or sourdough.
Tomato, bacon, lettuce and love 🙂
The Lean Beef Burger with…
Philly Cream Cheese- instead of butter.
I would keep it really simple, just adding a little cheese and tomato relish to make sure I could really enjoy flavour of the burger.
2 buns of joy, a pattie of comfort, a couple of slices of childrens giggles, a leaf form grandmas book topped with a generous dash of red wine.
mmmm……fried egg and bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, capsicum, cheese, tomato sauce and mayo 🙂
Buffalo chicken breast fillets (instead of wings), blue cheese sauce and coleslaw with lots of celery
To add some flavour I would add char grilled sweet potato – adds some lovely colour too!
We love home cooked beetroot, semi-dried tomatoes, baby spinach with lean beef burgers and toasted gluten-free bread
Give me a burger with the lot!
I will devour it all, fear not!
I was born to eat the Peppercorn Treat!
I’d throw on some love! Because when food is made with love, it tastes even better.
A great meal idea for a large family..thought mine was finished until a daughter and grandaughter moved home..feeding them all for less is even now MORE important! Peppercorn – makes everything better!
Yummy id add onions fried up in oyster sauce chargrilled sundried tomatoes mixed lettuces leafs & swiss cheese mmm
I would put the bun on the bottom, some yummy stuff in the middle and the bun lid on top, oh and tomato sauce
I would create a spicy mixture of gourmet salad 🙂
I would either do a traditional works burger – lettuce, tomato, beetroot, cheese, egg, bacon, meat, mayo and sauce or a gourmet style – meat, avocado, oven roasted tomatoes, roasted capsicum, wilted baby spinach, double cream brie cheese and a small amount of grlic aioli. Yum!!
My husband would smother his rolls in vegemite – he even eats it on crumpets and pancakes. I would have grated carrot (a NSW thing..no beetroot) and my homemade tomato relish with mine, and a close friend of mine adds peanut butter to her burger rolls. That’s just a few ideas 🙂
yum! add gherkin and beetroot – nice 🙂
AWESOME SAUCE AND A FEW PINCHES OF LOVE FOR MY MUM.
FOR MY BROTHER: A HANDFUL OF THE HOTTEST CHILIES WELL HIDDEN IN THE PATTY, AND NO COLD REFRESHMENTS :p
Caramalised onion, baked maple bacon and grilled pineapple with salads of their choice for a Kahuna Burger to die for!
Only the best and freshest ingredients, meat with no hormones, vegies with no pesticides. Put everything on the table and let people create their own. Our kids love to invite friends to a “burger party”.
We LOVE onions cooked on the barbie…. cooked in a sweet ginger sauce. Should be a dessert it’s that good! Goes like a ripper on a burger.
Master 4 would have a meat patty between two slices of white bread with no crust. No extras, no sauce. The rest of us would have a quality meat patty, lettuce, tomato and beetroot.
Mmmmm we would have the Asian Beef Burgers with lots of salad – lettuce, red onion, red capsicum, bean shoots, crumbled feta and creamy herb dressing!
LOL real Aussie mini burger.
I would add some seared red capsicum, chilli chutney, some rocket leaves and some crumbled feta – Yum 🙂
I’d throw on some beetroot, cheese and pickles. yum yum
Sour cream, Spanish onions, chicken ‘
Let’s keep it simple , fresh and source as many local ingredients as possible. Yum!
All I can think of is chocolate sauce, that would get any fussy 2 year old eating it no questions asked! 😉
BBQ cooked onion with beer…..mmmmmmm
I would chuck in a homemade veggie pattie (mashed veggies mixed with egg & shallow fried) and bacon … Every burger needs bacon!
Homemade meat patty, caramelized onions, swiss cheese, mixed lettuce, tomato slices and topped off with a beautiful homemade creamy honey mustard sauce. Yum!
Feta cheese with beef burgers is always awesome!
a lean pork mince pattie, with garlic and basil creamy sauce, watercress, roma tomatoes, and gouda cheese grilled on a toasted sour dough bun.
An Aussie burger isn’t the same without onion and beet root 🙂
Roast beetroot is what Unwound throw on a burger.
I would of course add a pepper corn beef burger 😉 and egg, beet root, tomato, lettuce and onion. Mmmmm
Another awesome burger and a layer of cheese in the middle. Double the fun !
Looks so yum must try them.
Corn, red onion and capsicum salsa… Maybe some beetroot and pineapple to make it a true Aussie burger.
Healthy homemade vegie patties!
i hadnt heard of this product before. I cant wait to try it