Sunday, May 5, 2013

Beef Liver and Veggie Mini Burgers

We love the nutritional benefits of liver, especially since we have access to some that's exclusively grass fed without all the implications of mass-produced, feed lot cattle. I have childhood memories of liver, they are not great. Only recently I grew to actually like the taste. So I certainly don't blame my 4 year old Baby E for not liking it! Baby T, on the other hand, is actually liking this stuff - maybe because his tasting palate isn't spoiled!

So I created this recipe totally out of my head in an attempt to make liver more palatable. It was risky, I didn't want this super-food to go down the drain! These mini burgers turned out pretty good actually, with a few take away ideas on how to make them even better. Now a disclaimer, if you don't tolerate the taste of liver at all, this recipe will not hide it for you completely. It just makes it less in-your-face-liver-tasting. If you want to hide it more and have your spouse and kids not have a clue it is in there, just add one pound of ground beef and use only 1/2 pound of beef liver. They'll never know!

This recipe serves 5-6 people, about 18 small 'mini' burgers (I don't advise making big ones as they fall apart easily)


1 lb grassfed beef liver
2 pastured eggs
1 tbsp millet flour 
1 tbsp sorghum flour
1 large sweet onion
6-10 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 cup carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
3 tbsp ghee or coconut oil


1. Optionally, soak liver overnight in milk to make the taste more palatable.  
2. Cut liver into 1-2 inch pieces and place in blender 
3. Add remaining ingredients, except for oil. Blend. 
4. In a skillet, melt ghee or coconut oil and pan fry about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture for each mini burger. Cover for about three minutes and then fry in an open pan until each side is golden brown.
5. Serve with your choice of side and/or salad.

If you make this recipe, we would love to know what you served it with or if you put a different spin on it! If you adapt this recipe and post it on your own blog, please link to Eco-Babyz, we would appreciate it :)

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  1. If only more than just me would eat liver in our family. I have to treat myself and cook liver once in a while.

    1. Have you tried making pate ('pashtet')? I want to post a recipe sometime soon for that. Vitalik and I really like it, though the kids not so much. How do you usually make it?

  2. My husband loves liver. I will share this with him. He usually likes it just with onions or onions and tomatoes.

    The rest of us taste a bite each time he makes it; we're still not fond of it.

    1. :) I can definitely understand why! My kids still don't like it much and I didn't for the first 20 years of my life or so!


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