How to train your Viking Burger

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Raffles has never been what you’d call a fickle child. Loyal, devoted and obsessive yes, but fickle? Never. Sanity is something else he’s rarely accused of. Understandable given that the kid is a nut-job of the highest order. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, I’m quite partial to a little weirdness in my offspring.

But Raffles is a child whose weirdness and obsessions run very, very deep. Take his long-held and well-documented fixation with all things Viking, which has been a constant in our lives since he could speak.

Now, I’m not talking the odd plastic Viking helmet, a fondness for Valhallan Marvel Comic characters and a penchant for shopping at Ikea obsessed. No, I’m talking shelves full of books and movies, scale models, regularly wandering the streets of our conservative Sydney suburb in full Viking regalia (including a beard), and even sleeping armed to the hilt with battle-axes and swords in case of a Berserker invasion obsessed.

Raffles channeling Hiccup Horendous Haddock the 3rd

In fact I swear the only reason he wants to be a ninja when he grows up is because there isn’t a great deal of work around for Antipodean Vikings. Not that there’s a big call for Ninjas either… but I digress.

Do you want to know who I blame for my sweet baby boy turning into a ferocious marauding Viking? That herring-breathed runt, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans.

That canny wee dweeb of a Viking has, along with his smart-arse dragon, invaded our bookshelves, DVD cabinet and is, as we speak, pillaging the very sanctity of Netflix where he’s making himself right at home between perfectly innocent episodes of My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake.

The all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge, premieres this month and the 13 episodes, which we enjoyed a sneaky preview of, are packed with all the epic adventure, outrageous-action and hilarity that one has come to expect from Hiccup and his fire-breathing bestie, Toothless. And Raffles is a tad excited. To say the least.

For Thor’s sake, the kid is so excited that he’s been dreaming up a Viking feast to celebrate the first episode. In my pillaging party planner’s overzealous mind, there’ll be tables laden with freshly hunted boar and reindeer along with tankards full of sparkling apple juice. There’ll be poets reciting epic sagas, rollicking folk tunes, and some bouncy gambolling that vaguely resembles Morris dancing. Oh… and an authentic Viking era big screen HDTV.

Dragon lovers suited up ready for another rewatching of How To Train Your Dragon

Or not.

Instead, my wee Berserker will just have to make do with me pumping up some Scandinavian style punk rock while I whip up a Viking feast fit for… well, a television premier. But what on earth do Vikings actually eat? I have no freaking idea but I’m going take a wild stab in the dark and say burgers… because given the complete lack of actual Vikings wandering the streets of 21st century Sydney, who’s going to prove me wrong?

So… as The Hives hate to tell they told us so very, very loudly, I’m using a little creative license to transform our favourite Swedish meatball recipe into one for burger patties then lobbing them with some Havarti cheese, a little Scandinavian-style pickled red cabbage and some bacon (because, bacon) onto a couple of burger buns that I’ve cunningly crafted into helmets. Et voila, burgers fit for a Viking!

Or at least for a seven-year old nutjob!

THE RECIPE

How to Train your Dragon Viking Burger

Viking Burger
(makes 4)

Ingredients;
6 burger buns
4 slices of Havarti Cheese
4 slices Bacon
Lettuce
Pickled red cabbage

For the Swedish Meatball Patties;
250g pork mince
250 g beef mince
½ small onion, grated
1 tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
1 egg
85ml milk
85g fresh breadcrumbs
Pinch of all spice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter

For the Dill Mayonnaise;
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
200 ml mayonnaise
200 ml sour cream
2 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper to taste.

Method:
1. Mix all mayonnaise ingredients together and set to one side.
2. Place pork, beef, onion, egg, milk, breadcrumbs and chopped dill in a bowl with a pinch of all spice, pepper and salt and mix well.
3. With wet hands, shape mixture into burger size patties.
4. Cover patties with a little olive oil and place on a tray. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for about a half an hour to firm up.
5. Heat the remaining oil and butter in a pan and fry patties over a medium heat until golden (about 15 minutes).
6. Fry Bacon in separate pan.
6. Cut two burger buns into horn shapes and make horn size holes in remaining four buns.
7. Toast burger buns and layer with lettuce, burger patties, bacon cheese, pickled red cabbage and mayo.
8. Stick “bread horns” in to holes and serve.

Disclosure:  As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam we received a years subscription to Netflix, and while I will be posting regular updates about the service, and what tasty treats we scoff while we’re watching it, all opinions expressed will be our own.  

41 Comments on How to train your Viking Burger

  1. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    June 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Funny how kids get fixated on things, but I must say, I sort of like that cartoon, it is better than a lot of the other options. I will have to keep my eye on netflix for it to pop up. And then make that cool burger to watch it with!! For the kids, of course :/

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Of course 😉

      Reply
  2. Amanda - Not A Ballerina
    June 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d happily take Vikings. My Mr5 is obsessed with Egyptian mummies instead which had led to some rather curious conversations.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

      I bet. Though I do have a recipe for edible Egyptian Mummies too LOL!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jenni. They are very tasty! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
    June 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm (2 years ago)

    You are SO creative! I swear next time we have a themed Scandi party, these buns are going to be on the menu! 😀 I think there might be call for a Viking Ninja? Never say never 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      I think a Viking Ninja would be awesome, Lorraine. 😉

      Reply
  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 23, 2015 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s funny how their little minds work, my big boy is obsessed with all things lego and wants his food cut up in squares so he can ‘build’ with it – fun times!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha, I have a friend with a Minecraft lover who does the same 🙂

      Reply
  5. EssentiallyJess
    June 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so awesome!! I love this idea so much.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jess, they were loads of fun to make. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    June 24, 2015 at 8:09 am (2 years ago)

    I love this burger! I think I’m the die hard viking fan in our household. I blame the TV series and the hansom Ragnar. I even tried to convince my husband to name our upcoming third child Ragnar. No win there, but I reckon the burger would be!

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  7. BOYEATSWORLD
    June 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Vicki, I love the series too, though have kept it a secret from the offspring for obvious reasons (sex, bloodshed etc). I think Ragnar would have been an awesome name for your little one! 🙂

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  8. Tegan Churchill
    June 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I just got ridiculously excited when I read that there is a new series of Dragons. I love the hell out of that show, quite possibly more than Mr 5. I just showed him the burger and he loves it! I will have to see if I can persuade him to eat one, sadly his tastes aren’t as wide spread as your little Viking.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 25, 2015 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha. I love it too. I may have a bit of a crush on Hiccup myself 😉

      Reply
  9. HandbagMafia
    June 26, 2015 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    This is awesome. I shared it with an artist friend of mine that has a burger obsession because I doubt he’s ever considered adding horns before!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 26, 2015 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amy, I’m doubt most normal people would thinking of adding horns to a burger! BUt hey it worked for us! LOL

      Reply
  10. Caz Filmer
    June 26, 2015 at 8:27 am (2 years ago)

    That has to be THE CUTEST burger EVER. LOVE IT. 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 26, 2015 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Caz, sweet of you to say. They’re on the menu again this weekend and the kids insist the horns are NOT optional.

      Reply
  11. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    June 26, 2015 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

    I loved this when I saw it on IG Aleney, showed my husband, and I think they could be on the menu. Raffles’ passion makes me smile, I’m sure there’s lots of fun times at your house 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 26, 2015 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      He’s certainly an enthusiastic boy. Hope you make them and enjoy them as much as we did! 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

      THanks Bronnie.

      Reply
  12. Maxabella
    June 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    What an outstanding looking burger. Who wouldn’t want to be a viking? I think Raffles is onto something… x

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:04 am (2 years ago)

      THanks Bron. I’m getting rather partial to a bit of modern day Vikinging myself 😉

      Reply
  13. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    You have quite the imagination my love – I adore this but won’t be showing my Dragon lover – his mum can barely rustle up a normal burger! Supposedly my ancestors were vikings, you’ve been warned 😉 xxxx

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:03 am (2 years ago)

      These are pretty easy. And fun. The look on the kids face when I brought them out was priceless and made it worth the effort. If you want to get the viking effect without the Scando flavours you could always use bought patties and just carve up some buns. 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:00 am (2 years ago)

      THanks. It’s pretty delish so you wont be disappointed 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Leanne. Tasty as well as dramatic! 🙂

      Reply
  14. Haidee
    June 26, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

    That is so cool, what a cool mum you are!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 7:00 am (2 years ago)

      THanks Haidee. I don’t know about cool. Probably more of a pushover!

      Reply
  15. MrsDplus3
    June 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s the cutest burger I ever did see. I do love the weirdness of your kidlets, it’s kinda awesome :))

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      June 27, 2015 at 6:59 am (2 years ago)

      I think so too. How dull my life would be without their delightful dash of oddity each day! 🙂

      Reply
  16. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    December 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm (1 year ago)

    This really has to be the cutest burger I’ve ever seen! Perfect for little kid and big kids alike, I say! 🙂

    Reply
  17. Lorelei
    March 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm (12 months ago)

    What fun, love it!

    Reply

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