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I LOVE Burgers! I have yet to find a burger that really outshines a good homemade burger.  I’m not even talking about fast food here, because I don’t eat fast food burgers. Homemade is simply superior.

I LOVE Burgers! I have yet to find a burger that really outshines a good homemade burger. Click To Tweet

Maybe because they’re made fresh and not frozen. Made with love. Made with simple ingredients. Whatever the reason, I like my burgers more than any burger I’ve ever had. A summer favourite, they really are simple to make. You can use any ground beef you like, pork, chicken or turkey or combination thereof. I usually do either beef or turkey, but I think next time I will try beef and turkey together. Turkey by itself just doesn’t give you the same satisfying burger, although it is the healthier option.

I like a good quality whole wheat or 12 grain bun, or the thinner buns that you can get these days, something like that. I also love eating the burger with a “lettuce bun” or on a big bed of romaine.

The kids generally prefer to just eat the burger, cut up, dipped in a bit of ketchup. Let’s face it, sometimes a bit of ketchup goes a long way to get your kids to eat something. Currently, it is known as “dip” in our house, thanks to my one year old. Try a quality organic ketchup, from the health food section, instead of the regular condiment aisle.

 

Spinach and Egg Mixture

Spinach and Egg Mixture

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Delicious, homemade Spinach Burgers!

Anyway, back to the burger. A Quick Trick here, that I often employ, is to blend the egg and a bit of water with a bunch of spinach, and then mix that with the ground beef. Again, following my usual way of making things a little more simple for the kids, I make two burgers before adding chopped onions and spices. So, blend 1 or 2 eggs with two big handfuls of spinach (or kale). Add a bit of water if necessary for blending. You could also add 2 garlic cloves to the blender, or add garlic to the beef with a garlic press. Add spinach mixture, and some sea salt and pepper to the beef. A few tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Or quinoa or oat flour! Light bulb moment! Process some dry quinoa for a few pulses, to get a breadcrumb-like texture. If you need to make more burgers, just use more of everything.

Combine well with your hands and form two smaller patties, or however many kid size patties you need. Then add some chopped onion, yellow, white or red, they’re all great. Hot pepper flakes. Maybe some diced jalapeno. Whatever you want, that the kids don’t want or can’t handle. I know mine don’t like to see the chunks of onion. Form the rest of the patties. Use your hands or a burger press to shape the patties. You can even try stuffed burgers with your favourite cheese or flavoured cream cheese. Mmmmm!!!

Forming a divot in the centre with your thumb can help them to keep their shape and not shrink too much. Don’t ask me why. They will also grill better if refrigerated for at least one hour prior to barbecuing. You can also make a whole bunch and freeze some for the next time you’re craving an amazing, homemade burger! If you don’t make homemade burgers already, once you do, you’ll never want to eat another burger again.

AMP Up Your Burger Flavour!

I have recently starting experimenting with using essential oils in cooking, like Lemon Oil in my Healthy Energy Balls.

Then I came across this amazing recipe for using oils in a homemade burger! So cool! What a way to create flavour! Check it out and more recipes on cooking with oils at ApotheKayla – A Holistic Lifestyle Blog.