1/1 Photo of Bento Balls (Aka French Hamburgers)
1 hr 10 mins
My kids and I spend Wednesdays out in the woods either hiking, biking, or letterboxing. We have to take a huge lunch with us and usually it's a Japanese-style bento with onigiri, some protein item, and lots of vegies and pickles. More often than not, my kids will pick this for the protein...it's basically a french hamburger recipe that has been adapted for our bento lunches. Cooking time will vary with how large your patties are. The sauce is a true basting sauce and these will not be in a soupy sort of base. The point of bentos is to make the food as fuss-free to eat as possible. The meat mixture is soft and a bit tricky to work with, but the result is a moist patty that doesn't need condiments and isn't a rubbery hard superball.
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- 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb
- 1 cup havarti with dill (grated)
- 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 3 tablespoons dried onion
- 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
- 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment or foil.
- 2Lightly coat the parchment or foil with cooking spray.
- 3Mix 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.).
- 4Allow to stand for 5 minutes to soften the bread crumbs.
- 5Mix in the ground turkey.
- 6The meat mixture will be very soft.
- 7Form the meat into balls that will fit into your bento box(or on your plate).
- 8Flatten slightly so that the meat is formed into shapes resembling patties.
- 9Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
- 10Meanwhile, make the basting sauce by combining the melted butter, ketchup, and soy sauce.
- 11Carefully turn the patties over and put them back in the oven until 20 minutes before the meat is cooked through.
- 13The time to finish cooking will depend on how large you made your patties.
- 14I use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
- 16Approximately 20 minutes before the meat cooks through, baste one side of the meat with the sauce, returning to the oven for 10 minutes.
- 17Turn and baste the other side and return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
- 18Let cool, add to your bento box, and have a great day hiking.
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Nutritional Facts for Bento Balls (Aka French Hamburgers)
Serving Size: 1 (210 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 437.3
- Calories from Fat 239
- Total Fat 26.6 g
- Saturated Fat 12.8 g
- Cholesterol 152.9 mg
- Sodium 1210.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 21.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
- Sugars 7.7 g
- Protein 28.8 g
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havarti with dill