2 delicious dino burgers: how to make Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers

Dino burgers are not a new concept. In fact, our favourite stone-age family, The Flintstones, had a restaurant called Brontoburgers. Fred Flintstone even apparently entered a Brontoburger eating contest. So how can you make Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers for your dinosaur birthday party?

Dino burgers are not a new concept. In fact, our favourite stone-age family, The Flintstones, had a restaurant called Brontoburgers. Fred Flintstone even apparently entered a Brontoburger eating contest (I don’t remember it…). So how can you make Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers for your dinosaur birthday party?

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Title: Brontosaurus Burgers and Compsognathus Cheeseburgers

Food: Hamburgers

Dinosaur: Brontosaurus for big, delicious burgers and the Compsognathus for simple cheeseburgers for picky eaters

Best for: Summer, burger month (May), dinosaur birthday parties, Fastfood Friday

Ease: 5 out of 5 – the difficulty is eating them without losing all the filling.

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Kid-approved dinosaur burgers: With one of our Brontosaurus burgers (with toy Brontosaurus) and one of our Compsognathus cheeseburgers with Triceratops on top

What is a Brontosaurus burger?

The Brontosaurus, the “Thunder Lizard” was once one of the largest and most popular dinosaurs. This quadruped sauropod from the Late Jurassic had a long thin neck, bulky heavy torso and a long whip-like tail. This herbivore is estimated to have been up to 22 metres long and weighed more than 15 tonnes.

Some years ago, it was feared that the Brontosaurus was lost. Researchers believed that the Brontosaurus was closely related to an Apatosaurus, and probably was actually an Apatosaurus and not a separate species of dinosaur. It wasn’t until 2015 that further research showed that the Brontosaurus is actually a separate genus from the Apatosaurus.

But what is the Brontosaurus burger? this was a philosophical question for me. Is it a vegetarian or vegan burger for a herbivore? Might be. Are Brontosaurus burgers made of Brontosaurus meat? I hope not (it may make sourcing ingredients difficult, and I would probably go vegan before I ate dinosaur meat).

In our interpretation, Brontosaurus burgers are dino burgers that are full of goodness and very large, like a Brontosaurus.

One of our Brontosaurus burgers, with toy Brontosaurus

What’s in Brontosaurus burgers?

Anything you like – there are no rules. Brontosaurus burgers got their name from their colossal size.

To make them something special, we’ve come up with a slightly unusual combination of toppings for our Brontosaurus burgers. Perhaps it is something your little dinosaur fan will appreciate, though it might be one more for the adults.

We’ve taken regular burger (brioche bun and burger patty) and added balsamic onions, aioli, bacon (optional), pieces of brie, slices of apple and some crisp, fresh rocket. Trust me, it is delicious.

For a nice twist, serve with sweet potato fries or wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream.

Close up on the insides of one of our Brontosaurus burgers

What kind of dinosaur is the Compsognathus?

The Compsognathus or “elegant jaw” is a small, carnivorous therapy dinosaur. It lived in Europe about 150 MYA, in the late Jurassic period. In fact, Compsognathus was the first nearly complete dinosaur that was ever found. It is also one of the smallest, at about the size of a turkey.

The first fossils of the “Compy” were found in Germany by Joseph Oberndorfer. He did not tell anyone exactly when or where he found the fossils to prevent others from exploiting the site. It is now believed that it came from the Solnhofen limestone, the same site where the first Archaeopteryx fossils with feather impressions and pterosaurs with imprints of their wing membranes were also found.

We actually have a review of a museum coming soon. It’s not far from where the Compsognathus was found and capitalises on the connection.

Oberndorfer lent his specimen to Johann Wagner, a palaeontologist who named it and published descriptions of it. He did not recognise it as a dinosaur, instead calling it “most curious form among the lizards”. This has since proved false.

We also know that the Compy was a carnivore: the fossilized bones of a small, prehistoric mouse were found in the “stomach” of the Compsognathus fossil. This mouse was quite fast; the Compy must have also been fast with good eyesight in order to be able to catch his prey.

What’s on Compsognathus cheeseburgers?

While the discovery of the Compy is quite complex, Compsognathus cheeseburgers are quite simple. Simplicity is actually the key to dino burgers.

Our Little dinosaur aficionado is still a picky eater. She loves meatballs, but this Compsognathus cheeseburger was the first burger she has eaten (yes, not even the burgers from the restaurant with the golden arches could tempt her). Simplicity was key.

No salad. No onions. No pickles or gherkins. Just cheese, meat and bread with a little ketchup. For fun, we added some (optional) bacon (which she wanted removed halfway through). Otherwise, it’s minimum fillings for picky little Compsognathus.

Serve with your favourite fries (we recommend sweet potato, but your little dinosaur fan might not like them either).

Any why are they Compsognathus cheeseburgers? Because Compsognathus starts with “c”.

One of our Compsognathus cheeseburgers, with little raptor toy
Dino burgers: Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers with toy dinosaurs

Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers

Yield: 2 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes 5 seconds
Cook Time: 15 minutes 10 seconds
Total Time: 25 minutes 15 seconds

The ultimate kid-approved dino burgers: Simple and delicious, make some Brontosaurus burgers and Compsognathus cheeseburgers for your dinosaur birthday party!

Ingredients

  • For the Brontosaurus burgers
  • 1 brioche bun
  • 1 tsp aioli
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 burger patty
  • 4 slices of brie
  • 1/4 granny smith apple
  • 1/2 handful fresh arugula (rocket) leaves
  • 2 small rashes of bacon (optional)
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • For the Compsognathus cheeseburgers
  • 1 brioche bun
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1 burger patty
  • 1 slice cheese
  • 2 small rashes of bacon (optional)

Instructions

For the Brontosaurus burger

  1. Slice the onion into rings. Drizzle the olive oil into a fry pan. Add the onions and cook them over low heat until they are soft and translucent (about 10-15 minutes). Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 3-5 minutes until the vinegar caramelises.
  2. While the onion is cooking, wash and trim the rocket leaves, slice the able and prepare the brie.
  3. Grill your burger patty and bacon until done to your liking. Lightly toast your brioche bun.
  4. When everything is ready, assemble your burger quickly: spread the bottom half of your brioche roll with aioli, add the onions, bacon and meat, place the brie on top (it should start to melt) and then add the apple slices and rocket. Spread the top half of the brioche bun with mayonnaise and place on top to complete your burger.

For the Compsognathus Cheeseburger

  1. Grill your burger patty and bacon until done to your liking. After turning your patty for the last time, place your slice of cheese on top.
  2. Slice the brioche bun in half and lightly toast it.
  3. Spread ketchup on half of your bun and top with the bacon and patty/cheese and the top of the bun.

Notes

Serve with your favourite side, but we recommend sweet potato fries or wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1520Total Fat 92gSaturated Fat 42gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 43gCholesterol 403mgSodium 2445mgCarbohydrates 83gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 88g

Nutrition information is a guide only as it will depend on the specific products and brands you choose to use for this recipe.

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Whether Brontosaurus burgers or Compsognathus cheeseburgers, these dino burgers are sure to be a hit with little dinosaur fans and adults alike! Make some to celebrate burger month, for Fast-food Friday or for your dinosaur birthday party. You know you want to!

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    1. The best thing about burgers is you can basically put anything on them (that they can/should/will eat), and call it a dino burger and they will gobble them up. It’s so simple!

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