Servings : Makes 30 Sandwiches
These yummy cheesy tiny sandwiches are just perfect for little hands, or to serve as finger food. The miniature burgers are no bigger than 2.5", so one can easily gobble each of these cuties in just two quick bites!
- 1 kg beef mince (you can use mutton mince too if you prefer it, although beef tastes better)
- 6 medium onions, grated
- 5 slices of bread, soaked in water then drained (squeeze out all excess water)
- 1 bunch chopped coriander
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 1 tsp. garlic paste
- 2 tbsp. gram flour
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 2 tsp. dhana jeera (if you have it)
- 2 tsp. freshly ground cumin powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 2-3 green chillies, chopped finely
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp. black pepper (more if you prefer hotter kababs)
- a pinch of soda bicarbonate (baking soda)
Ingredients for Cheeseburger Sandwich
- slices of bread
- mozzarella and cheddar cheese
- kabab patties
- salad and other toppings of your choice
Remove a small portion of the raw mince and set it aside. (Less than quarter). We'll use this later on.
Put the remaining mince directly into a pan, and add some coriander, garam masala, dhana jeera, cumin powder, turmeric, salt, ginger/garlic, green chillies and some of the lemon.
Place the pan on medium heat and dry the mince, keep stirring the mixture regularly so that it it's evenly cooked and doesn't form lumps. Once it's totally dry (when you notice it starting to stick to the bottom of the pan) spill the mixture into a bowl and set it aside for a while. Using the same pan, put the butter, heat it a little, then add the grated onions and black pepper and stir fry them until the onions soften.
Pour back the dried mince into the onions n stir thoroughly on low heat. Taste and adjust salt/pepper/lemon according to your taste. Switch off and let the mixture cool.
Once the mixture is completely cool, add the raw mince you had set aside earlier, gram flour, egg, the soaked n drained bread and the pinch of soda bicarbonate (helps make the kababs soft but make sure you add this right before frying otherwise your kababs will be too soft and might fall apart in the oil). Mix thoroughly until the mixture is completely combined.
For a bbq aroma in the kababs, here is an optional step you can add. Make a dip in the center of the mixture, put a small piece of foil, light a coal n place it on the foil, then pour a drop of oil on the coal and cover the bowl for about 2 minutes so that the mixture of kabab has a nice smoked smell.
Shape the kababs into tiny little patties, and fry! These kababs can be made and fried up to a week ahead of time, just wrap them well and freeze, thaw them out in the microwave when you are ready to assemble your burgers.
If kababs break during frying, mash them back in the mixture and add a bit of gram flour, shape and fry again.
Now you just have to put together your cheeseburger sandwiches.
Take the slices of bread of your choice. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles from the bread. You can use the remaining bread edges to make breadcrumbs and store.
Butter one side of the bread cut-outs then toast them lightly. Spread a tiny bit of ketchup or mayo on the toasted cut-outs then top them with salad, finely sliced capsicum n tomato slices and any other topping that you like, followed by the kabab.
Top with grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese and a bit of ketchup.
Grill for a few minutes in the oven until cheese is melted.
Serve warm and enjoy! 🙂
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