Was browsing through several blogs and came across 'Little Burger' recipe posted by Grace of Kitchen Corner. Don't you just adore petite, bite-size burgers? During my recent trip to Tokyo, I saw several bakeries selling mini burgers; they just looked so adorable and tantalising! Having attempted the crusty bread roll and sweet bun, I felt I should be able to make the burger buns. And to match the mini buns, I need mini meat patties as well :)
First, prepare the meat patties since they need to chill for 3-4hrs after preparation. Once meat patties are ready, the buns would be as well (after kneading, proofing, baking).
Grace's recipe calls for 1kg of minced pork which I thought was too much for me. Decided to half the quantity to 500g. Since minced pork are sold in 300-400g packs at supermarkets, decided to buy a pack that weighed 330g and top up the rest with silken tofu. I guess minced pork and tofu patties could be a healthy option :) In fact, I could experiment with minced chicken next time.
Minced Pork & Tofu Patties
Ingredients: 20 meat patties
- 330g lean minced pork
- 170g silken tofu
- 1 small purple onion, peeled and finely chopped
- Pinch of powdered cumin seeds (I bought McCormick)
- 1/2 Tbsp powderd coriander leaves (I bought Masterfoods. In Grace's recipe, it's stated as coriander seeds but I mistakenly saw as leaves. Since bought, might as well use it)
- Pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
- Handful of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 Tbsp english mustard
- 1 small egg
- 58g breadcrumbs (I bought Jap brand used for deep frying)
- Fry the onion with a little oil in a pan for few minutes until softened. When the onion completely cool down, mix it to the meat.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well (I use hand). (If the mixture is too sticky, add more breadcrumbs. I also added more parmesan cheese).
- Shape the meat into patties depending on size and thickness desired. With this recipe, I managed to get 20 pieces of meat patties. My idea is to size them the same as tomato and cucumber. In fact, realised I should have quartered Grace's recipe since the bun recipe only yields 10 buns.
- Place the patties on a tray with greaseproof paper or Silpat. The patties will be slightly soft as tofu is used instead of all meat.
- Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top of each patty and press down gently. Cover with clingwrap and chill in the fridge for 3 - 4 hours.
- When ready, fry the burger in a little oil or butter on medium high heat for few minutes, depending on the thickness of the patty.
Mini burger buns
Ingredients: 10 buns
- 300g bread flour
- 7g yeast (I use instant yeast from Phoon Huat)
- 9g sugar
- 6g salt
- 4g milk powder
- 190g (1 egg + water)
- 20g butter
- Knead all the ingredients with a dough hook for 15 minutes. As my dough was a little sticky and did not pass the 'window pane' test yet, I switched to hand kneading for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once ready, place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with clingwrap.
- Proof for 40 minutes (or longer till double in bulk) then divide it into 10 portions.
- Let it rest for 15 minutes. Then shape it into little buns and proof for another 40 minutes or double in bulk.
- Bake in a 190'C preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Slice the bun, insert with pan-fried patty, tomato and cucumber, there you have it, mini homemade burgers :) For variety, add cheese and veggies or whatever you like in your own burgers.
The patty tasted a tad on the bland side (though the mustard smelled quite distinct), probably due to the tofu. It doesn't really matter since I can add condiments like ketchup, mayonaise, chilli sauce, just like fast food restaurant. In fact, homemade burgers are more healthy since amount of seasoning can be controlled :D
The bun's texture is close to store-bought (hurray!). After slicing the bun into 2, spread some butter on the surface and lightly toast for a crisp texture. Yum! Even with this size, I need a few bites to finish it. I guess guys may just take 1 or 2 bites? LOL. I guess kids would like it since it's 'their size' of burger.
Party ideas. Make fun and colourful labels, stick them on toothpicks/satay sticks and skewer the toothpicks/satay sticks through the mini burgers. Here I use sticker labels. I guess they would be a crowd pleaser =D