Spiced Prune and Beef Burger for Baby

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This flavourful and moist burger is designed with your baby’s nutritional needs in mind. You can use any type of ground beef: extra-lean, lean, medium or regular. Babies do need to consume adequate fat for their growth and development so regular ground beef is a good choice for this recipe. When combining the burger ingredients, feel free to set aside some of the beef mix for yourself and add some salt for seasoning to your taste.


When combining the burger ingredients, feel free to set aside some of the beef mix for yourself and add some salt for seasoning to your taste.

 

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Spiced Prune and Beef Burger for Baby

  • Author: ThinkBeef
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 10 to 12 1x

Ingredients

Scale

¼ cup (60 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats

3 tbsp (45 mL) hemp hearts (optional)

1 pouch (90 mL) prune baby food or unsweetened applesauce

5 pitted prunes, finely chopped

1 tbsp (15 mL) grated gingerroot

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground cloves

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 lb (500 g) Ground Beef


Instructions

1. Combine oats, hemp hearts (if using), baby food, chopped prunes, gingerroot, garlic, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne in a bowl. Gently mix in ground beef with a fork (careful not to over-mix).

2. Gently form into 12 small patties, each about ¾ inch (2 cm) thick. Press a dimple into the centre of each patty. Alternatively, for kofta shapes, shape into twelve ovals (about 3 to 4 inches/8 to 10 cm long).

3. Grill patties and/or kofta shapes in a closed preheated barbecue over medium-high heat (400°F/200°C) for 10 to 14 minutes, turning twice or more, until digital instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each patty reads 160°F (71°C). To serve for Baby/Toddler, see modified textures (below).


Notes

Tip: If you don’t have a barbecue, roast in the oven instead: Place patties or kofta shapes onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake in preheated 375°F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until digital instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each patty or kofta reads 160°F (71°C).

Baby/Toddler Fast Adapt

Basic Guidelines:

Prepare recipe without adding salt, except for Toddler stage

Cook beef to 160°F (71°C)

Before serving, heat up all baby food until hot, then cool to lukewarm temperature

Puréed Texture: Place cooked beef burger or kofta into a blender or food processor. Blend until you reach a consistency that suits your baby’s ability, adding water, breastmilk or formula if necessary.

Chunky Mash: Place cooked beef burger or kofta into a bowl. Mash with the back of a spoon or fork until you reach a consistency that suits your baby’s ability, adding water, breastmilk or formula if necessary.

Toddler Finger Foods: Place cooked beef burger or kofta into a bowl whole or chopped into pieces.

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