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bento balls aka french hamburgers


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. 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
  4. Havarti
  5. Horseradish
  6. Dried onion
  7. Salt
  8. Cottage cheese
  9. And egg together in a large bowl
  10. Allow to stand for 5 minutes to soften the bread crumbs
  11. Mix in the ground turkey
  12. The meat mixture will be very soft
  13. Form the meat into balls that will fit into your bento box
  14. Flatten slightly so that the meat is formed into shapes resembling patties
  15. Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes
  16. Meanwhile
  17. Make the basting sauce by combining the melted butter
  18. Ketchup
  19. And soy sauce
  20. Carefully turn the patties over and put them back in the oven until 20 minutes before the meat is cooked through
  21. The time to finish cooking will depend on how large you made your patties
  22. I use a meat thermometer to check for doneness
  23. Approximately 20 minutes before the meat cooks through
  24. Baste one side of the meat with the sauce
  25. Returning to the oven for 10 minutes
  26. Turn and baste the other side and return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes
  27. Let cool
  28. Add to your bento box
  29. And have a great day hiking

Step 16

Total Time in Minute 70

Ingredients Count 11

cooking bento balls  aka french hamburgers

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Fine dry breadcrumb

Havarti with dill

Prepared horseradish

Dried onion


Cottage cheese


Ground turkey



Soy sauce

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