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Homemade Mini Hamburgers – Make-Ahead School Lunches for Kids

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Making ahead hamburgers is a great way to have a quick school lunch packed in less than no time! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

I’m always trying to cut corners and find ways to make school lunch making easier. Those early mornings are rough and the kids don’t like cold lunches. So this mama is always up and about find creative ways to make their lunch something they’ll actually want to eat. Hamburgers are one of the foods I make-ahead to help cut down on lunch pre time in the busy mornings.

How to Make Hamburgers at Home

What you need:

Already made Burger Patties but if you want to make it from scratch, here’s a recipe.

  • Ground Beef, I like to buy the leaner one
  • Salt, pepper, spices such as Onion and Garlic Powder (or premade Hamburger Seasoning)
  • A Tabletop Grill like this one
  • Cooking spray
  • A Hamburger fork (what do you call those things again?)
  • A plate lined with paper towel, wax or parchment paper, or foil
  • Note: You could also not line the plate. I just like lining things. lol. The burgers would probably be even more juicer without the lining. Just be sure to cover them to save some of the juices. Nothing worse than a dry burger.

What to do:

  • Season ground beef with salt, pepper, and spices – You can always sprinkle with Hamburger seasoning after forming into patties, during or even after the burgers are cooked).
  • Shape meat into individual patties (large or small)
  • Spray grill with cooking spray. Place one or as many hamburgers on the grill as it would hold (mine holds up to 2 but sometimes I make one at a time if they are larger.
  • Grill 4 to 6 minutes turning half-way, or until meat is cooked through. Don’t overcook or the burgers would be too hard.
  • Place them on the lined plate. Cover with additional lining or another plate.
  • Serve burgers in lunch boxes along with some sides.

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To Freeze the Hamburgers

  • Place burgers in a single file in a Ziploc bag or freezer container. When ready, remove from the fridge and reheat in the microwave for a few seconds (30-40 seconds). Add a couple more seconds if needed for burgers to be heated up. Pack burgers into lunch boxes with sides.

Favorite lunchbox sides for burgers:

  • 1/2 a Bun
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Fruit and Veggie Kabobs
  • Goldfish

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She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27).

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