Funny Face Beef Burgers


Your own yummy burgers will be better than any fast food, and you and your children can have lots of fun decorating the burgers with silly faces. Or serve the burgers more traditionally in buns.

Beef Burgers
15 minutes
6-10 minutes plus pasta cooking
Best for
4 child portions
Suitable for freezing


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • ¼ apple, peeled, cored and grated 
  • ½ small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp fresh thyme or chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 150g extra lean minced beef
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 20g fresh breadcrumbs
  • Sunflower oil, for frying

To decorate

  • Peas
  • Mini cherry tomato

Conversion chart


  1. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and soften the shallot and apple for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar and cook stirring, until evaporated, then stir in the thyme and honey. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightly. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix together. Shape into four burgers. Cover and chill until needed. Or wrap indvidually and freeze for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the fridge. 
  2. To cook, heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the burgers over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. At the same time, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions; drain and toss with the tomato sauce.
  3. Arrange some pasta on a plate to resemble hair (spaghetti for straight, macaroni for curls) and set the burger under the hair. Add peas for eyes and a mini cherry tomato for a nose (or use carrot or tomato ketchup). For the mouth, use a curved piece of pasta (or tomato or red pepper). Serve any left over pasta in a separate dish.


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