Friday, 19 September 2014

Recipe | Babybel Surprise Burgers

Melted cheese. Burgers. Melted cheese IN burgers. Now you just try and tell me that doesn't sound like heaven.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a sucker for cheese of any kind, and it's a daily struggle to avoid scoffing any of the dairy goodness that my family may have hiding in the fridge. I resist though, because 1) I know that eating a little results in eating a lot with me, and 2) because I know it's not exactly healthy for me.
That said, I do like to treat myself to a little nibble every now and then in the form of more calorie friendly snacks such as Babybels and Dairylea triangles, and the recipe which I'm sharing today is one which I've been meaning to give a try for a while as it seems like the perfect treat to indulge in that doesn't carry the guilt of a shop or restaurant bought burger.

And the best thing of all, is that they're super quick and so so easy to make!

You'll need about 500g of lean beef mince to make about 4 burgers, along with some herbs and spices (I used some dried mixed herbs and a season-all mix from Schwarz) a couple of spring onions and a Babybel for each burger. If you fancy a different flavour then it's super easy to just swap spices in and out dependant on what you fancy on the day! :)
Simply throw all of the ingredients in together and give it a mix, making sure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed around the mince. Once everything's combined it's time to make the patties!

I used a burger press to ensure that mine were all the same shape, and put a layer of the mince mixture in the bottom, before placing the babybel in the middle and covering it up ready to press. If you don't have a burger press (although I think they're pretty cheap to get hold of), then you may need to add an egg yolk into the mixture to bind it all together a little better before moulding it around the Babybel itself in the palms of your hands.
Once you've got your perfect patties - just pop them into the fridge to chill for half an hour.

When you're ready for them to be cooked, place them under a pre-warmed grill/skillet/whatever you have at your disposal and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through, preferably on a medium heat to stop the outsides from burning before the inner bits are cooked! :)

And that is it. How simple right??? I had mine with a simple salad, but dependant on what flavourings you use, there are heaps of different things you could have with them!
Remember when making them that the leaner the meat the healthier - and you can't go far wrong. :)

So I guess the only question left is....

Who's going to be giving these a try??!

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