Bento Balls (Aka French Hamburgers)

piątek, 7 lutego 2014

Bento Balls (Aka French Hamburgers)

Time: 1 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb
  • 1 cup havarti with dill (grated)
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons dried onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or salt-spice mix of your choice, we prefer a Creole seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (or 1/4 cup dairy of some sort)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment or foil.
  • 2 Lightly coat the parchment or foil with cooking spray.
  • 3 Mix the bread crumbs, havarti, horseradish, dried onion, salt (or spice-salt mix), cottage cheese, and egg together in a large bowl. (Please note that the horseradish should be prepared, i.e., the creamy kind that is mixed with mayonnaise. We use the Beaver brand.).
  • 4 Allow to stand for 5 minutes to soften the bread crumbs.
  • 5 Mix in the ground turkey.
  • 6 The meat mixture will be very soft.
  • 7 Form the meat into balls that will fit into your bento box(or on your plate).
  • 8 Flatten slightly so that the meat is formed into shapes resembling patties.
  • 9 Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
  • 10 Meanwhile, make the basting sauce by combining the melted butter, ketchup, and soy sauce.
  • 11 Carefully turn the patties over and put them back in the oven until 20 minutes before the meat is cooked through.
  • 12 **********.
  • 13 The time to finish cooking will depend on how large you made your patties.
  • 14 I use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • 15 **********.
  • 16 Approximately 20 minutes before the meat cooks through, baste one side of the meat with the sauce, returning to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • 17 Turn and baste the other side and return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
  • 18 Let cool, add to your bento box, and have a great day hiking.

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