Toot Burgers

October 17th, 2009 by Dionna | 9 Comments
Posted in Healthy Living, Homey Goodness, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family, natural parenting

Kieran used to eat just about anything we put in front of him. Lately, though, he’s become more finicky. It’s frustrating to make a healthy meal and have it sit untouched. It would be easier if he didn’t like certain foods, but it really just depends on the day. Sometimes he loves to eat broccoli “trees,” sometimes he won’t go near them. Sometimes he loves to munch on tomatoes, other times he takes a bite and spits it back out on the floor. Same thing for just about any food (except crackers of course).

Since he does eat a wide range of foods (albeit not all in one day), I’m not worried about his diet. He’s also still breastfeeding, so he’s getting nutrition from me. And of course I will continue to offer healthy alternatives. We are also not above making the occasional “chicken helicopter” or “carrot choo choo.” Another fun favorite is pretending that we’re going to take a bite of Kieran’s food, then swerving it over to his mouth. He gets a kick out of “stealing” our bites.

Tonight we had garbanzo bean burgers and sweet potato fries. We’ve had them before, and they have been a hit for everyone. The last time I made them, I made a double batch and froze several extra patties for an easy freezer meal. This time, however, Kieran wouldn’t even take a nibble. I shouldn’t have worried since he had eaten about half of a large avocado before dinner, but we still tried to get him to try his burger.

Garbanzo bean burger helicopter: fail

Garbanzo bean burger train: fail

Garbanzo bean burger airplane: fail (even though he specifically requested it)

Garbanzo bean burger swerved away from mama’s mouth: fail (but with the added bonus of lots of giggles)

Then I thought of something. The last time we’d had garbanzo bean burgers, my sister and her boyfriend had eaten with us. Tammy had called the next day complaining about the ensuing flatulence. I thought about it and, yes, it had been a little more musical than usual in our house too. But what do you expect after eating a burger made of beans?

I decided to use this information as ammunition. As Kieran was trying to scramble down from his booster seat I said offhandedly: “Kieran, did you know that these burgers will make you toot?” He stopped scrambling.

Tom got the hint and played along: “Yeah, mama and papa are gonna make lots of big toots after we eat our burgers. Don’t you want to toot too?” The impish twinkle in Kieran’s eyes was priceless. He quickly considered, then maneuvered back into his booster. “Yup!”

Success! I thought we were so sly. Tom put the bite in Kieran’s mouth, Kieran gave it a cursory chew, then spit it back out into his hand.

Foiled again. (We do love the way he says “excuse me,” so we really wouldn’t have minded a few Kieran toots.)

These burgers are delicious. I modified the recipe I found here, following is the recipe with my changes (this is my double recipe – no need to double it again). To freeze, just cook the burgers as called for in the directions and then put them in the freezer (I wrapped them in foil and put them in an airtight container). To reheat, thaw and broil for a few minutes (I baked them with the fries tonight and they did not do as well as they have under the broiler).

Garbanzo Bean Burgers (aka “Toot Burgers”)

Makes approx. 20 patties

  • 2 15 Oz. Can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed (I used dry beans that I had boiled; I used about half the bag and made at least 20 burgers; if cooking with canned beans you might want a third can of beans on hand just in case)
  • 1 Carrot, grated
  • 1/2 of a Zucchini, grated
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oatmeal (I probably used 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tsp Flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp Oil

*Place garbanzo beans in a food processor and pulse until combined (I used a blender).
*Place bean mixture in a bowl and combine with remaining ingredients (except oil).
*Form into patties (mixture will be moist).
*Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat.
*Cook the patties for 5 minutes.
*Turn the patties, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
*Serve and/or freeze.

9 Responses to:
"Toot Burgers"

  1. Dionna


    Yeah, that's about the age that my previously open to anything Lilly became a picky eater. Foods she used to love she now shuns with the indifference of a thousand cold planets. We've had to institute Raegan's "No, Thank You" bite to get her to try foods now (thankfully that worked really well). And she's moved passed spitting it back out unless it really grosses her out. But she went through a brief phase where she wouldn't swallow ANYTHING. She chewed it up and spit it out–everything, perfectly chewed to swallow, but just wouldn't swallow it. It was weird and thankfully brief.

  2. Dionna

    LOL, it sounds like he said kill me, though O_O

    Yesterday, Lilly burped and I said, "Excuse you," and she said "I'm excused!" Didn't know it worked that way, but it cracked me up.

  3. Dionna

    Man, I'm glad I'm not hanging out with you tooters tomorrow! LOL

  4. Dionna

    too cute!!

  5. Dionna

    The toots are definitely a worthwhile trade-off for this dish! I would love to have eaten Kieran's share of that dinner. Also, this definitely seems like something I can easily make in Spain, so maybe I'll whip it up once I find some freaking oatmeal.

  6. Dionna

    Heather – I still occasionally say "bless me!" after sneezing ;)

    Tammy – the original recipe calls for bread crumbs. You could try that instead!

    Jill – my sparkling personality would more than make up for the unsparkly parts of me :)

  7. Dionna

    I double dog dare you to make those sometime when we are there and feed them to Daddy…just don't tell him what they are!!!! lol And as usual, I LOVE the video of my boy!!!

  8. Dionna

    I found oatmeal! Woot! I'm going to add something spicy to them this time. What do you think would be good? Just chili powder or should I chop up some actual chilies to put in it?

  9. Dionna

    Hmm . . . I bet chopping chiles would be better.

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