Recipe: Shooting burger planets

Recipe: Shooting burger planets

Mini burgers are perfect finger food for any party and this is an original spin on serving a classic. For a full-on 'shooting star' effect, cover the pots with lots of foil, inside and out – out of this world!



  1. Preheat the oven to 130°C/gas mark 1.
  2. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onions over a medium heat, until softened. Combine the onions, mince, egg, herbs and tomato ketchup in a mixing bowl and blend together using your fingers. Split the mixture into eight parts and roll each portion between your hands to form small burgers.
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan and fry the burgers for 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer them to a baking tray, cover in foil and put in the oven to keep warm. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the burger buns. Remove the burgers from the oven.
  4. Thread the ingredients onto eight kebab skewers. We like this order of ingredients but feel free to please yourself – cherry tomato, bottom of burger roll, cheese, burger patty, top of roll, cherry tomato.
  5. Serve the burger sticks standing up in a small bucket or vase.

Ingredients - Makes 8

  • Oil, for frying
  • 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 8 burger buns, buttered
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 8 thick slices of Red Leicester cheese

Recipes feature in Hats & Bells Children's Party Cookbook by Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen


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