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Jun 20, 2006

How to make microburgers for your hamster

If you really love your hamster, you will do this for them. [Guilt-inducing hamster look] This recipe from Mathijs van der Paauw (No I didn't make up that name really has 'paw' in it.)

How to Make micro Burgers for your hamster (exceprt below)

Step 1: Gather the finest ingredients and tools: Ham, bread, optional cheese, something green for the 'lettuce,' cutting board, apple corer, and insane amount of free time. Go!

Step 2: Prepare buns: Test the corer on a delectable bread slice. Core out two 'buns'. Easy—eaaaaasy!


Step 3: Prepare meat, green stuff and cheese: Again, with the apple corer, prep your (ham) patties, parsley spriglette and optional cheese.


Step 4: Stack with care


Step 5: Serve! Let's see how Mathijs' pet Lucy the celebrity hamster liked it. Will she give it the paws up?


Lucy sees her delicious Hamster burger and scuttles over to sniff before....FULL CHOMPING! She likes it! She really likes it! Can you say 'Sayonara Spriglette"!?


As always, thanks to Mathijs and Lucy over at HamsterTracker.

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Tony James
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:06 AM

mmmmm, burgah!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:07 AM

not only is lucy cute, but her chef is a sweetie poo!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:09 AM

Did that Hamster REALLY just eat ham!?

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:09 AM

bwahahahaha! too cute! I love the sprig o' parsley

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:10 AM

I never heard of a hamster eating ham..(Paauw is a dutch name..it means peacock..the bird)

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:13 AM

I used to try to make mini food for my gerbils. It never looked this good.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:15 AM

Man. That guy *really* loves his hamster. Only the Dutch ;)

A thinker
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:21 AM

I adore Lucy!! "Electronics can be funny." Yes, Mathijs, and hammies too. Your girl is one in a mill. No wonder you treat her like a little queen!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:25 AM

Yeah, ditto to grrromit and Jackie... I don't know much about hammies, but is it okay for them to eat meat products?

It is an AAAAAA-dorable little hammieburger though.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:29 AM

If I recall correctly from my hamster-owning days (a looong time ago), hammies can eat bits of meat--they're semi-omnivorous. (Not to gross anyone out, but they *do* eat their young occasionally, e.g.). If I'm wrong, I welcome correction from a more hammie-expert.

A thinker
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:32 AM

That micro-burger alone is worth its own CO post.

Laurie C
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:33 AM

No! That is too adorable... a little hamburger for a little hammie! My hammies never ate ham ('cause it's not kosher...didn't know some hammies were Jewish, did you?), but they did love a delectable nibble of turkey or two.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:41 AM

*jaw dropped at the amount of free time some people have*


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 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:43 AM

I am starting to notice that guys with hamsters are cute. This guy looks adorable, and have you ever seen the guy with hammies often on this site--he lives in Japan, but I believe he is Peruvian?
Who would've thunk it?

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:56 AM

aaaahhhh, hamster tracker, the other place i waste my work day at. i saw this post a while ago and almost lost the diet coke out of my mouth 'cause it was so cute and funny. wooooooo, go lucy!!!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:57 AM

hamsters totally eat small bits of meat, cheese or egg. in the wild they eat bugs and other small critters.

Blue Jeanie
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 08:59 AM

Soooooooooooo cute!!!

A Fine Morsel
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:00 AM

there is something mildly disturbing about a hamster eating pig...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:08 AM

Oh. My. God. When you click over to see Lucy's website--I know you will--be sure to scroll down far enough to see the extreme close-up of her little foot. Swayt Jaysus.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:09 AM

aaaw! that makes me wish i had a hamster!

Tugg's Mom
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:27 AM

Reading Cute Overload has made me want to get animals that I've never thought were interesting before. Now I want to fill my house with hamsters, guinea pigs and bunnies!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:43 AM

Cosabella, you must be talking about Baru's (may he rest in peace...) papa on www.baruchito.com. He loves his hammies and the commentary is so very sweet. There's also a "mama" in the picture here. What a lucky gal she is!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:56 AM

working link:


 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:57 AM

oops--guess you'll have to type it. Sorry.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 09:57 AM

I gave my rats bits of most of what I ate. I'd even grate parm on their pasta, same as mine. I drew the line at pouring them tiny glasses of wine, however.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:03 AM

My late dwarf hamster loved to hunt, kill, and eat bugs - one of the reasons we named her Ichi the Killer.

She was a sweet bundle of evil, she really was...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:16 AM

payjo: next time, try popping the http:// in front of your link--should work.

A thinker
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:19 AM

I am so glad that Mathijs spends his time coming up with this stuff, so I don't have to! Unreal and wow, and AWESOME!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:23 AM

thank ye, thinkie.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:36 AM

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lohan Roberto
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 10:57 AM

It might be cute, but you have WAAAAAYYYYYY too much time on your hands.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 11:04 AM

I'm surprised Sanrio only sells the mini food toys but never lets you show you how to make them.

The Guy Over There
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Oh yeah? Well I use a hole punch to make White Castle burgers for my hamster. He's just photo-shy, yeah...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 12:19 PM

Aww I always love seeing pictures of Lucy - such a pretty hamster! And totally cute of Mathjis to make those tiny burgers!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I must get a hamster so i can make those.
OR i will just make them for my own amusement.

totally cute!!

English Chick
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 12:44 PM

I was under the impression that parsley is toxic for small animals? Hopefully that small dose won't do anything...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 12:45 PM

Precious :)

Though ... there's something slightly twisted about serving one cute creature -piggy- to another. Would you believe my gerbils love Morning Star tofu 'chick' wings? Well, they do!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Wait a mo, hammy-sized white castles using a hole punch? CIRCULAR WHITE CASTLES?? Blasphemy! What next, trapezoidal french fries? Square twinkies? Hammies around the world are being neglected of a proper junk food education.

The Guy Over There
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 01:01 PM

That's clever. BUT...... how about some FRIES with that? THERE'S a challenge!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 01:01 PM

that's easy. grate potato and grill it...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 01:12 PM

What-- no mustard? That's a sad ham & cheese sandwich with no mustard...

J. Bo
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 02:02 PM

Now THAT is cute!

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 02:02 PM

everything looks better mini

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 02:10 PM

Ok, yeah, that's adorable..but um. Ok. Public service announcement.

Pet rodents shouldn't eat meat.

I rescued ten rats from an irresponsible guy who fed them cheeseburgers and kept them in one cage. Within three weeks, though they were living on science rat diet and dried fruit treat, in three clean and spacious cages, more than half of them were dead. They'd killed and eaten each other. They had acquired a taste and craving for meat.

Please don't feed pet rodents meat, if they're to be put in with another animal ever. It leads to cannibalism.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 02:34 PM

"Concerned", I really doubt that a few morsels of ham confetti now and then are going to awaken the hammies latent blood lust to quite that extent. Its not at all comparable to getting them used to a high meat diet.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 02:55 PM

Rat cannibalism, hmm... "Concerned," I think you may just have discovered the answer to New York City's rodent problem. My God, man-- you're a GENIUS!


J. Bo
 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 03:14 PM

"Concerned," I've had and loved pet rats for years, and also helped out with rat rescue. I have never heard of this in my life. My guess is, the rats died of compromised immune systems due to the poor care they received from that jerk you rescued them from (bless your heart). And the remaining ones ate the dead bodies. Some domesticated rats do this as a throwback to their wild ancestors (to clean up the mess so their nest doesn't attract predators).

Thank heavens none of mine have done this (I'd have been traumatized!), but it is not uncommon.

And yes, I have fed them meat from time to time. And they were still the sweetest, lovingest, cuddliest wodents you'd ever meet. :* I miss them.

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 03:57 PM

Errata: Ham confetti! I love it. Perhaps for my next birthday party...

 |  Jun 20, 2006 at 03:59 PM

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