Shooting Burgers + book giveaway

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Shooting burgers

We bet these cute little burgers will be a big hit at the next birthday party or barbecue get-together. They’re the perfect size for little ones who, let’s face it, will probably have already stuffed themselves full of chips and other goodies. These mini burgers have been made using a star-shaped cookie cutter, but you could use a flower or other shape to coincide with your party theme.

Children's Party CookbookThis recipe comes from the fabulous new book Children’s Party Cookbook by Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen. What we love about this book is that the authors clearly identify with our longing to create a special and memorable day for our little ones. Just like the wonderful memories we can recall from our youth. They show us how we can achieve this regardless of our budget. No need to break the bank to bring the brightest of smiles to your wee one’s face. With 10 different party themes suitable for both boys and girls you will find plenty of inspiration for your next party.

Recipe extracted with permission from Children’s Party Cookbook by Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen. Photography by Jemma Watts. Published by Kyle Books and distributed in New Zealand by New Holland. $39.99.


Shooting Burger Planets


Mini shaped burgers are a perfect finger food for any party and this is an original spin on serving an old classic. For a full-on shooting star effect, you could cover flowerpots or vases with lots of foil, both inside and out, and stand the burger sticks upright in the pots.

You will need:

Vegetable or olive oil, for frying
½ onion, finely chopped
400g/14 oz lean beef mince
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
8 burger buns, buttered
16 cherry tomatoes
8 thick slices of Red Leicester cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 130°C/266 degrees F/gas mark 1.

2. Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan and gently fry the onion over a medium heat until softened.

3. Combine the onion with the mince, egg, herbs and tomato ketchup in a mixing bowl and blend together using your fingers.

4. Split the mixture into eight equal parts and roll each portion between your hands to form small burgers.

5. Add a little oil to the frying pan and fry the burgers for 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

6. Put the burgers on a baking tray, cover in foil and put in the oven to keep warm.

7. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the burger buns.

8. Remove the burgers from the oven. Thread the ingredients onto eight kebab skewers. We like the following order of ingredients but feel free to mix it up – cherry tomato, top of the burger roll, burger patty, cheese, bottom of the burger roll, cherry tomato.

9. Serve the burger sticks standing up in a flowerpot or vase.



We have 1 copy of Children’s Party Cookbook to give away.

To ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN A COPY simply post a comment below. Anything will do. You can just say hello, if you like. Or you could share your best cooking tip.



  1. I just love the variety of stuff that’s on this website – it really is one size fits all

  2. This looks like a fabulous book!

  3. Hello. This is a really great site. Keep up the good work

  4. Great book by the look of it.Its good to see sensible and affordable party food and with the small size you may even enjoy less food and save eating more than you need as an adult

  5. Must try a great idea for a summer!

  6. Veronica Poulton says

    The book looks interesting – I would love to have a copy. The Sweet Living site is always packed with brilliant new innovative ideas.

  7. Tanya Simmons says

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    I love to cook with the Grandkids. This would be great inspiration.

  8. Lisa Woodley says

    We have three children ages 20mths, 4 yrs and 6 yrs and I’ve worked out that I’ve got at least another 24 kids parties to organise before they decide they are too old to have a party, so it would be great to have some help 😉

  9. Tash Earle says

    I work as an in home educator, so would be able to share round lots of parents to give them ideas for their littlies upcoming birthdays.

  10. Having 3 girls this book would be very handy.

  11. What a handy book this would be – please do pop me in the draw 🙂

  12. Thanks for the opportunity to win – this book sounds absolutely fabulous!!

  13. I would love to win this for my wife I know she would find it very useful for our children’s parties.

  14. Yes please – would be a fabulous addition to our cookbook collection.

  15. Two kids will ensure this book is well used!

  16. brilliant idea! 🙂

  17. as a nanny looking after different ages of children this book sounds perfect, not just for party food but for playdates and afternoon tea party treats

  18. I was never allowed to cook or even be in the kitchen when I was young, consequently I knew nothing not even the basics.
    I vowed this would never be the case when I had children, I have endeavoured to include them in all aspects.
    Lovely illustrated children’s recipe books always work & provides the inspiration for them to at least try & replicate the recipe.
    As I have always said practice hard, you will get it.
    This book looks amazing thank you.

  19. I just love this mag such great ideas and so many things to try keep up the good work.
    I look forward to every issue, thanks

  20. Rittie Kee says

    the book sounds coolaz

  21. What a lovely website,really great ideas

  22. What a terrific book this would be for adults and children alike!

  23. Yes, please enter my name in the draw :)) Thanks!

  24. Love the burgers, definitely makes me want to check out the book!

  25. What fabulous ideas. I had book from 25 years ago for children and now have grandchildren and love the more modern twist now for children of this generation. Not just fairy bread cut into stars now that’s for sure. Love it.

  26. This would definitely get well used in our house. Would love to win a copy!

  27. This would be great to win. I always feel so bad when I go to other kids parties and see the creations that mums have made. I think im sure I can do that. This book looks perfect for completing that idea and for making the next birthday party wicked.

  28. Such a great website full of inspiration, especially for someone new to parenting with stepchildren so the book will be an absolute lifesaver!

  29. The book looks great and I think I would be able to use the recipes a lot.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. carolyn abraham says

    yes please this sounds great

  31. I love my grandson to the moon and back but he is a fussy eater – this book would be a great aid for me to get him to try different foods. I would use it as an everyday inspirational book when he comes to stay – it’s not just for parties in my book (pardon the pun) LOL. Yes please enter me in the competition – I have my fingers crossed!!!!!!!

  32. The book looks inspirational just like the lovely sweet living website … full of wonderful inspiring and stunning ideas.

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