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Cooking With WiiBoy #2 : Homemade Burgers & Sweet Potato Chips

Posted Feb 19 2011 10:41am

Welcome to Part 2 of my Cooking With WiiBoy series. Having dealt with an extremely fussy eating child with ASD for a number of years now I have eventually discovered that including him in food choices and then interesting him in helping in the preparation and cooking of said dishes, has improved his eating habits extensively. Of course early intervention therapies helped hugely in getting him to a place where he was open to trying new foods. Our motto? "Try it and see", he takes a lick, a mouthful or eats the lot- either way huge praise is heaped upon him. I am no cook so anything I share with you will be easy to make - trust me!

Burgers are a favourite of WiiBoy's, so making homemade ones is appealing to him.

Here's another recipe we've tried from the lovely Margaret Smith and her UmNumNum Cookery School!

Homemade Burgers
Makes 6-8 burgers

Cut up your onion very finely and fry in a pan on a gentle heat until the onions are soft and transluscent.

Place minced beef, porridge oats, burger relish, chilli and fried onions into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then crack an egg and whisk for a second and add to your burger mixture. When the mixture is nice and wet and sticky it is ready for making the burger patties.

           It's Okay, unlike the chicken fillets, the feel of  minced beef is tolerable!

Put some flour on your surface so that the burgers won’t stick then take a handful of mixture and form a ball. Then rolling the ball in the flour to make sure it is completely covered with a gentle dusting of flour.

Flatten your pattie so that it looks like a burger now.

Fry your burgers in the pan for a few minutes until brown on both sides – transfer to a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

Toast your buns while you are waiting.


Peel the potatoes and half them, then half again and then once more- more like wedges.  Drizzle them with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper- do them in the oven at 200 for about 30-40 minutes.  Test that they are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Ovens can vary so you may need to adjust the temp of your oven up or down -  if you find they are crisping up too quickly or conversely not crisping up enough. <They only took 30 minutes in my oven>


I loved the burgers, but then I can tolerate Tomato Ketchup on a burger in a bun whereas WiiBoy can't. He only uses Tomato Ketchup on the side of plate, not touching anything and only for chips.

Although he ate every last morsel he said that they were nice but that he preferred "the usual ones" - Superquinn's own burgers.

To conclude I'll say that this is a fab recipe that you gotta play around with to get the taste and consistency right for your family's taste.

I will definitely be trying them again and next time I intend to attempt to cook them on our George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine which would be even healthier!

We have just become accustomed to sweet potatoes and love them mashed and mixed with ordinary potatoes. So the sweet potato chips was just another step forward and he loved them! We have since had them with the Homemade Chicken Nuggets we made the last time. Those chicken nuggets have become a staple in our weekly menu. I make them most weeks and freeze them.

UmNumNum for sure!

You really have to give these recipes a try!

Bon Appetit!


Note: Click here for Cooking With WiiBoy: Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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