burgers happen to be something that our whole family can eat together despite k’s allergies. so it was a easy Fourth of July meal: easy peasy burgers and grilled vegetable skewers!
- frying pan
- wood skewers – and/or –
- circle cookie cutter
- 4 lean grass-fed beef burger patties
- burger buns
– whole wheat buns
– gluten free vegan tapioca bread
- condiments as desired
- veggie medley
– color bell pepper
- italian seasoning
- olive oil
- salt and pepper, optional
- preheat a large frying pan in medium heat and grill pan.
- if feeding toddlers, resize 1 patty into 3 small patties.
- place patties on the frying pan and cook patties (no oil necessary).
- check juices during each flip of the burger by tapping the center of the burger:
– if cooking burgers medium, take the burgers when there is still juices flowing when tapping the center of the burger.
– if cooking burgers well-done, take out burgers when there are no more juices coming out when you tap the center of the burger.
- for a mini burger, use a circle cookie cutter to cut out the bun in a smaller size.
- lightly toast the buns when the burgers are done. (if toasting gluten free vegan bun, make sure to do it first before the pan or grill touches the whole wheat bun).
- put an open bun on plate and place burger on one side and toppings on the opposite side (tomatoes, lettuce, condiments, etc.
- preheat grill at medium heat.
- on a chopping board, cut veggies into bite-sized pieces. (i cut them small enough for baby’s bite-size).
- put all cut veggies into a mixing bowl and add a light drizzle of olive oil and enough italian seasoning to flavor all the vegetables.
- coat the grill pan with a layer of veggies. you may want to put carrots in first as they will take a little longer to soften.
- remove when veggies achieve desired grill level and set aside to cool.
- using a skewer, alternate vegetables and fill the skewer. for the little one, instead of using a skewer, i got these small thin coffee stirrers or straws and used them as skewers instead so there’s no pointy things for fodder to injure him/herself. (if you need help poking the vegetables through the stirrers, you can first poke the vegetable with a skewer and then put it through the straw.)