Cooking With WiiBoy #2 : Homemade Burgers & Sweet Potato Chips

Welcome to Part 2 of my Cooking With WiiBoy series. Having dealt with an extremely fussy eating child with ASD for a number of years I eventually discovered that including him in food choices and involving him in the preparation and cooking of said dishes  improved his eating habits immensely. Of course early intervention therapies helped hugely in getting him to a place where he was open to trying new foods. Our motto? "Try it and see", he takes a lick, a mouthful or eats the lot- either way huge praise is heaped upon him. I am no cook so anything I share with you will be easy to make - trust me!

Burgers are a favourite of WiiBoy's, so making homemade ones is appealing to him.

Here's another recipe we've tried from the lovely Margaret Smith and her UmNumNum Cookery School!

Homemade Burgers
Makes 6-8 burgers

  • 454g of minced beef (lamb or turkey is good too)
  • Handful of porridge oats
  • 3 dessertspoons of burger relish
  • 1 red chilli very finely chopped(optional)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 small onion
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, thyme or basil)
  • Flour for rolling out patties

Cut up your onion very finely and fry in a pan on a gentle heat until the onions are soft and transluscent.

Place minced beef, porridge oats, burger relish, chilli and fried onions into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then crack an egg and whisk for a second and add to your burger mixture. When the mixture is nice and wet and sticky it is ready for making the burger patties.

           It's Okay, unlike the chicken fillets, the feel of  minced beef is tolerable!

Put some flour on your surface so that the burgers won’t stick then take a handful of mixture and form a ball. Then rolling the ball in the flour to make sure it is completely covered with a gentle dusting of flour.

Flatten your pattie so that it looks like a burger now.

Fry your burgers in the pan for a few minutes until brown on both sides – transfer to a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

Toast your buns while you are waiting.


Peel the potatoes and half them, then half again and then once more- more like wedges.  Drizzle them with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper- do them in the oven at 200 for about 30-40 minutes.  Test that they are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Ovens can vary so you may need to adjust the temp of your oven up or down -  if you find they are crisping up too quickly or conversely not crisping up enough. <They only took 30 minutes in my oven>


I loved the burgers, but then I can tolerate Tomato Ketchup on a burger in a bun whereas WiiBoy can't. He only uses Tomato Ketchup on the side of plate, not touching anything and only for chips.

Although he ate every last morsel he said that they were nice but that he preferred "the usual ones" - Superquinn's own burgers.

To conclude I'll say that this is a fab recipe that you gotta play around with to get the taste and consistency right for your family's taste.

I will definitely be trying them again and next time I intend to attempt to cook them on our George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine which would be even healthier!

We have just become accustomed to sweet potatoes and love them mashed and mixed with ordinary potatoes. So the sweet potato chips was just another step forward and he loved them! We have since had them with the Homemade Chicken Nuggets we made the last time. Those chicken nuggets have become a staple in our weekly menu. I make them most weeks and freeze them.

UmNumNum for sure!

You really have to give these recipes a try!

Bon Appetit!


Note: Click here for Cooking With WiiBoy: Homemade Chicken Nuggets


  1. This sounds like one mean burger - and I am quite impressed Wiiboy would eat anything with onion in it! My own (not very) fussy eaters spend a lot of time trying to get the bits of onion out of the homemade burgers (no such problem with bought ones, since there isn't any in them).

  2. Wow that is sooo impressive
    And how smart of you to try something at home that he already love
    It looks just delicious ( and quite healthy too )

  3. I love this as its not just cooking Wiiboy is learning :)

  4. Yum, I think I will try this with the boys, thanks

  5. @TRUF: They are yummy! Yes, it has taken many years but WiiBoy can now tolerate onions (and other veg) mixed in dishes. He also likes his burger served with sauteed onions on top and is quite precise about ordering when eating out! I can remember the time when I couldn't even get him to tolerate butter on a roll...

    @KWOMBLES: yes, they are!

    @K-FLOORTIME LITE MAMA: Yes, that's the trick....choose something they're accustomed to. Although, it is also possible to introduce some completely new texture/taste. Stay tuned!!

    @CASDOK: Yes,exactly! That's precisely the other message I'm trying to get across. The next one I have planned shows another aspect too...and such a simple, basic recipe.

    @THEMADHOUSE: Oh do! they are fun to make! Enjoy :-)

    Thank you all for your comments ;-)

    xx Jazzy

  6. We have to follow Uncle *****'s burger recipe here! But I haven't really involved aspie boy yet in the cooking as usually too tired. Tonight though he learned all about washing labels and how to work out what will shrink in the dryer.... bizarre the things that interest out kids lol

  7. @BLUE SKY: hey, any skill that increases their independence is good! He can do the washing and WiiBoy can do the cooking! happy Days :-)

    xx Jazzy

  8. I love this too. Can he come cook here?

  9. @ALYSIA: Yup.... no problem, we'll travel ;-)

    xx Jazzy


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