Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

For a homemade alternative to a fast-food favourite, try Donna Hay's hamburger with oven-baked fries.


  • 2 slices wholemeal bread, torn into small pieces

  • ¾ cup (120g) finely grated zucchini (courgette) (about 1 zucchini)

  • ½ cup (70g) finely grated carrot (about 1 carrot)

  • 500g beef mince (for classic beefy burgers)

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 wholemeal rolls or burger buns, halved

  • 1 baby cos (romaine) lettuce, trimmed and leaves separated

  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

  • Oven-Baked Fries

  • 3–4 sebago (starchy) potatoes (500g)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt flakes


  • 1.

    Place the bread pieces in a big bowl. Place the zucchini and carrot in a sieve or colander over the bread and, using a spatula, press them to bring out their juice. Allow the bread to soak in the juice for 5 minutes or until it’s soft. Mash to combine, using a fork.

  • 2.

    Add the grated vegies, beef, tomato paste, salt and pepper to the bread mixture. Using a spatula or clean hands, mix until it’s really well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal-sized balls. Flatten them out into 10cm-round patties (or so they fit the size of your bread rolls).

  • 3.

    Place the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat (or ask a grown-up to help you with a barbecue). Cook the patties, using a turner to flip them, for 4–5 minutes each side or until well browned and cooked through.

  • 4.

    Top each bun base with some lettuce leaves, tomato slices and a burger patty. Add your favourite sauce, relish, mustard or mayonnaise, then sandwich with the tops of the rolls. You can add the fillings you love best – try cheese slices, grated carrot and beetroot or some avocado – yum!

  • Oven-baked fries:

  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).

  • 2.

    Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Peel and slice potatoes into 5mm-thick chips. Place them in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with some sea salt flakes. Toss to combine, using tongs, then spread the fries out on the prepared trays.

  • 3.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy and golden. With oven gloves on, remove the fries from the oven and serve with the burger.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 629kj
  • Fat Total 34g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 30g
  • Carbohydrate 50g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Sodium 940mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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