A is for Australia Day Burgers for The Kids Cook Monday

January 26 marks the official National Day for Australia.   Australia Day is usually celebrated with a national public holiday and lots of activities such as thong (flip flops) throwing, citizenship celebrations, music festivals and fireworks.  Backyard family barbecues and picnics at the beach are popular events for this summer holiday.

After coming across this recipe for Oven baked mini burgers on the Planning with Kids blog, I knew, with a little tweaking, they would be perfect for our Australia Day celebrations in the threefootcooks household.

To make Oven Baked BBQ Burgers this is what we used. 


300g lean beef mince

2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce

1 egg, beaten lightly

½ cup fresh breadcrumbs

½ red onion, finely chopped

90g tasty cheese, cubed

Small dinner rolls (or hamburger rolls quartered), extra barbecue sauce, lettuce leaves, sliced cheese and sliced canned beetroot to serve.

This is what we did.


  1.  Preheat oven to 175oC.  Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Finely chop red onion and place in a large mixing bowl.
    Oven baked bbq burgers
    Bee finely chopping the onion and Bear lightly beating the egg.
  3. Add the mince, sauce, egg and breadcrumbs to the bowl and mix thoroughly.  Using your hands is the best way to do this although I can’t convince Bear and Bee of that yet.
    Oven baked bbq burgers
    Bear not wanting to get too close to the burger mix.
  4. Roll heaped tablespoons of the mince mixture into a ball and place a cube of cheese inside each one.  Place the balls on the lined tray and flatten slightly into a patty shape.
    Oven baked bbq burgers
    Cubes of tasty cheese placed in the middle of the patties.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes turning halfway to make sure they brown well.
    Oven baked bbq burgers
    Burger patties after baking.
  6. Serve on a dinner roll with barbecue sauce, lettuce, cheese and beetroot.
    Oven baked bbq burgers
    Oven Baked BBQ Burgers

    The picture above is of Bear and Bee's burgers.  They weren't too keen on having extra cheese or beetroot on their versions (although Bee will occasionally try beetroot - only because its pink!).

    If you are celebrating Australia Day, what food do you like to serve?

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