School Lunchbox: Old Fashioned Cheese Burger, Slaw of carrot, apple and raisins and Oat Crisps


This lunchbox was combo was requested by dear son. OK, he did not request the slaw, but he did request for the burger. Apparently the previous lunchbox of cream of mushroom soup, cheese and garlic pillows and fruit salad was not filling enough and the poor guy was hungry 😦  So, what was a mum to do? I had to acquiesce to his request and try to balance it out with veggies.

Cheeseburger (makes 2):

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  • 300 gms minced top round – lean beef
  • 1/2 chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • a slice of cheese per burger
  • sliced and de-seeded tomatoes
  • sliced lettuce
  • sliced cucumber

Mix all together and form into 2 patties – not too thin. Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil. Grill burgers on both sides. When almost done, place a slice of cheese on top and let it melt. Remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes.

Toast some burger buns, spread a little bit of margarine (to prevent bread from getting soggy.) Place some sliced lettuce, de-seeded tomatoes and cucumber on the buns, add the burger patty and cover with the other bun. (**my son doesn’t want pickles or any sauce on his burger, so the patties have to be juicy).

Carrot, Apples and Raisins Slaw

  • 1 carrot – grated fine
  • 1 apple – grated fine
  • a handful of raisins, soaked in apple juice for 10 mins
  • dressing – 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp honey – mixed well.

Add all above ingredients together and chill till ready to use.

Oat Crisps (adapted from Pioneer Woman)

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3/4  cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius
  2. Cream butter with both sugars till mixed, add eggs and vanilla, mix.
  3. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda – add to the butter mixture.
  4. Add in oats and almonds, stir to mix.
  5. Place spoonfuls of mixture on parchment lined baking pan – bake for 10 minutes.

About mumstech
Retired at 40 after working in various industries including banking and financial services, oil and gas as well as higher education.Now a stay-at-home mum, cheerleader for husband and son, cleaner, nutritionist, cook, laundry lady, driver, clerk cum administration assistant, public relations, personal assistant... I never knew that squeaky clean floors can give me such satisfaction!

5 Responses to School Lunchbox: Old Fashioned Cheese Burger, Slaw of carrot, apple and raisins and Oat Crisps

  1. We never got anything as gourmet as a cheese burger in our lunch boxes! It was always a ham sandwich, yogurt, or a cheese and crackers. Lucky man!

    • mumstech says:

      LOL, and here I was worrying that it would be one of those “uncool” lunchbox items – as well as the fact that it may be viewed as a little “unhealthy”…

      • Don’t forget, you had the healthy slaw in there too! There’s only so long that a kid can eat PB&J for lunch without wanting to swap it with his friends’ meals… He’d probably be the coolest kid in school with that lunch box!

      • mumstech says:

        Thanks! I guess home-made cheeseburger once in a while is ok, as long as it is an exception rather than the norm 🙂

      • “Everything in moderation… Even moderation!” Just like there’s nothing wrong with having waffles for dinner or apple pie for breakfast every once in a while. (I may or may not be guilty of that…)

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