These mini burgers will best suit older toddlers who will be more able to hold and eat them than younger children. However, that doesn't mean that they won't enjoy dissecting them and eating each piece separately!
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) minced (ground) beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon tomato sauce (ketchup)
2 tablespoons oil
½ lettuce, finely shredded
2 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
10 small bread rolls, halved
5 cheese slices, halved
5 tinned pineapple rings, drained and halved
tomato sauce (ketchup) or barbecue sauce
1. Combine the beef, onion, parsley, beaten egg and tomato sauce in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until well combined. Divide the mixture into 10 portions. Shape into round patties.
2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan over medium heat. Cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side, or until they are well browned and cooked through. Remove and drain on paper towels.
3. To assemble the burger, put the lettuce and tomato on the base of the roll. Top with the meat patty, cheese slice and pineapple slice. Add the sauce and cover with the remaining roll half. Serve immediately.