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Mini Burgers and Pizzas Recipe

 Mini Burgers Photo : Ja ckie Cameron

Mini Burgers
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Mini Burgers and Pizzas Recipe

Mini Burgers are always a hit. I use this recipe for the mince balls which feature on Hartford’s breakfast menu. A thick, moist, medium-rare burger patty between a crispy, buttered, sesame-topped bun roll is mouth-watering.

Take the bun recipe and roll the dough out thinly, after proving. Top this with homemade tomato sauce, grated cheese and fresh thyme. In an instant you have the ever-popular Mini Pizza. Get the kids to make their own.


Yields: makes about 28


50g Butter

½ Onion, finely chopped

½ Pepper, finely chopped

5 Sprigs Thyme

Salt and Pepper

1 egg

2 slices fresh Breadcrumbs

420g Mince

30 ml salted Butter

30 ml sunflower Oil


1) Heat the pan; add butter and sauté off the onion and peppers until cooked. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper allow to cool

2) Add this mixture to the mince, fresh breadcrumbs and lightly whisked egg

3) Make into small patties in size

4) Lightly dust or roll into seasoned flour

5) Heat a pan with butter and oil in. Sauté off patties and place into the oven for 7 minutes at 200º C

 Mini Pizza Photo : Jack ie Cameron

Mini Pizza
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Bread Rolls and Pizza Base


400g Bread Flour

400g Cake Flour

1 pkt Instant Yeast

1 t Salt

2 t Honey

500 ml Warm Water

1 Egg - whisked


1) Mix all the dry ingredients together

2) Cut the honey and warm water into this

3) Knead the dough for 10 minutes on a floured countertop

4) Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with a dishtowel or greased cling wrap. Allow to prove.

Bread Rolls

1) When doubled in size pull off small portions of dough and roll small bread rolls. Place the dough into your palms of your hand and use pressure against the counter top to roll small rolls.

2)  Place these rolls onto a greased tray, covered with a clean dishtowel, and allow rising.  When risen double in size glaze with the whisked egg and bake at 180ºC until cooked.

Pizza Base

1) When doubled in size roll the dough out thinly and use a cutter to cut desired sizes

2) Bake at180º C for five minutes

3) Top with homemade tomato relish, grated cheese and fresh oregano

4) Bake in the oven until cooked for about 10 minutes

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I look forward to hearing from you.

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron 
Head Chef 
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713