Bento Balls (Aka French Hamburgers)
70 mins (prep 20, cooking 50)
13 ingredients
6 servings
My kids and I spend Wednesdays out in the woods either hiking, biking, or letterboxing. We have to take a huge lunch with us and usually it's a Japanese-style bento with onigiri, some protein item, and lots of vegies and pickles. More often than not, my kids will pick this for the's basically a french hamburger recipe that has been adapted for our bento lunches. Cooking time will vary with how large your patties are. The sauce is a true basting sauce and these will not be in a soupy sort of base. The point of bentos is to make the food as fuss-free to eat as possible. The meat mixture is soft and a bit tricky to work with, but the result is a moist patty that doesn't need condiments and isn't a rubbery hard superball.

Categories:  lunch~snacks , <-4-hours , japanese , time-to-make , asian ,
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Serving Size (143.06 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 457.92 Calories from Fat 219.06
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24.34g 224.65%
Saturated Fat 11.09g 332.8%
Trans Fat 0.65g %
Cholesterol 44.36mg 88.72%
Sodium 1192.49mg 298.12%
Total Carbohydrate 56.18g 112.36%
Dietary Fiber 10.17 g 244.17%
Sugars 7.5 g %
Protein 14.57g 174.86%
Vitamin A 629.36IU% Vitamin C 9.09mg%
Calcium 696.53mg% Iron 8.52mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dry, prepared horseradish, dried onion, large egg, ground turkey