I've been posting on Facebook and Instagram lately about what I've been eating, and people seem to like the inspiration. So here, dear readers, is a blog post dedicated to my latest food inspiration. Let's get to it!
I make burgers all the time for the following reasons:
Keep reading in order to explore some ideas and use this model as a way to whip up quick and healthy meals anytime.
Check out this recipe for lentil-beef burgers, or maybe this one from Splendid Table. Make sure to include the egg - it'll make everything stick together. In case you're wondering, I won't get into the details of exactly what meat to purchase because I covered that in a previous blog post you can see by scrolling below to the post added 9/4/16. How to cook your burgers? If you aren't into grilling (or it's 15 degrees outside) and you need a basic indoor burger recipe, I've got you covered. I recommend this recipe (or this one if you like your burger with bread crumbs and eggs, or this one if you're brave enough to hide some liver in it).
Now let's talk burger patty flavors. If you usually just add salt and pepper to your burgers, consider expanding your repertoire. Sometimes I add a little garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning blend. You could add curry powder and other spices to make curry burgers, and top them with a quick curry aioli sauce. Yum! If you're into turkey burgers, Rachael Ray has a curried version waiting for you to whip up. You could try a Korean BBQ style burger like the one described here. Or an East Asian pork burger like this one.
If you're really hungry after a long day of hiking or skiing, you could put a fried egg on top of your burger patty. Food and wine has a great example here of such a burger that's topped with green chiles. Enjoy this burger with freshly baked sweet potato wedges.
In summary, burgers can be a healthful, make-ahead, and customizable meal you can eat anytime. The opportunities are endless! Start by looking at what you have in your fridge. Chances are you'll be able to use what's there to whip up a quick burger for a weeknight dinner or even for breakfast or lunch.
Burger basics to get you started
Below, I'll highlight some burger combinations to get your creative juices flowing.
What about sides? Instead of French fries, you could slice up some apples or other fruit for a simple option. You could make sweet potato fries. Or you could do what Martha Stewart suggests and try one of these tasty sides.
Leave a comment and let me know about your burger creations. I can't wait to be inspired by you all!
Lindsey Hays, RDN, LN
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