Little Hands make Light Work in the Kitchen

  23 Nov '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Turkey is the flavour of the moment but it doesn’t have to be the big bird. Below is a recipe from Easy Peasy: Real Cooking for Kids by Mary Contini and Pru Irvine, for all the family to enjoy making together. These burgers are extra yummy with the lemon and coriander flavours, which actually make them taste a bit Turkish.

READY . . .

500g of turkey mince

2 teaspoons of ground cumin

2 teaspoons of ground coriander

a large handful of fresh coriander

the juice of half a lemon

sea salt and black pepper

vegetable oil, for frying

a chopping board & sharp knife

a mixing bowl

a large frying pan

a non-stick or lined baking tray

STEADY . . .

• Turn on the oven to 200ºC/Gas mark 6.

• Get all your ingredients ready.

• Chop up the fresh coriander leaves, as small as you can.


1. Put everything, except the oil, into the mixing bowl and get mixing. Use your hands to mix everything really well. The more you mix, the better the burgers will stay together. It’s a bit like kneading dough!

2. When it’s the right texture, form 6–8 balls, which you can then flatten into burger shapes.

3. Add the oil to the frying pan and, when it’s quite hot, carefully add the burgers. Turn down the heat a little and let them brown for about 3 minutes on each side.

4. Now, transfer the burgers to the baking tray and cook for 15 minutes in the oven.


Turkey burgers can be frozen, but they must be defrosted before going into the oven at 200ºC/Gas mark 6 for 15 minutes.

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