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Beef Mini-burgers on Pizza Bases with Chile and Beet Salad

Categories: Entertaining, Finger Foods, Kid-friendly, Party Snacks, Spicy
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

Beef mini-burgers with chile and beet salad make the perfect appetizer when entertaining.

Prep Time: 30M

Cooking Time: 15M

Serves: Serves 8


  • 1 × 13.8oz (391g) can refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • all-purpose flour
  • 1 × 14oz (400g) jar good-quality tomato sauce

For the burgers

  • 1lb (450g) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (from about 2 slices of firm white bread)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed through a press
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pimentón (Spanish smoked paprika)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chile and beet salad

  • 12oz (350g) raw beets, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 small fresh red chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
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  1. Combine the ground beef, Parmesan, bread crumbs, oil, garlic, onion, paprika, eggs, parsley, and thyme in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Mix together well by hand. With damp hands, form the mixture into 36-40 balls about the size of small walnuts. Place about 2in (5cm) apart on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and press down with your thumb to flatten a little. Chill to firm, while you prepare the dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). On a lightly floured surface, roll or press the dough to about 1/4in (5mm) thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut into 13/4-2in (4-5cm) discs, and place on another large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place the sheet of pizza crusts on a rack in the lower third of the oven, and the sheet of meatballs in the upper third. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crusts are golden and the burgers are cooked through. Meanwhile, warm the tomato sauce in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. To make the salad, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to mix. Spoon a little of the tomato sauce onto each pizza crust, then top with a burger. Garnish each burger with a dab of beet salad and serve immediately.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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