I got the best compliment not too long ago. It was really sweet and it warmed my heart. We had our very good friends over for dinner. I decided to serve something delicious and kid-friendly because I knew that our friends' youngest is a picky eater.
After dinner our friends' youngest came up to me and softly whispered, "That was my favorite dinner." I was so surprised but very touched.
Just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I packed lunch for my parents who were returning back to Virginia. They spent almost two wonderful weeks with us visiting and exploring our area in Central New York.
Midway through their trip I got a call from my mom. She said that they were about to board again and that my dad asked her, "Why do Elaine's burgers taste better than mine?"
So good old fashioned burgers it was but with a healthy twist!
What makes these burgers are the local, organic ingredients that I put in them. Fresh and local is really best!
It's important to find top quality, premium ground beef. I get my ground beef from our CSA in Cazenovia, New York. Greyrock Farm sells grass fed meats sourced from local farmers. I've tasted grass fed meats from the grocery store and sincerely they cannot compare to the grass fed and pasture raised meats I buy from Greyrock Farm.
Another important ingredient in making the best homemade burgers is to use pasture raised eggs. Pasture raised eggs are not the same as organic eggs, cage free eggs, or vegetarian fed eggs. Pasture raised eggs have incredibly deep orange colored yolks and have more vitamins than all the other eggs out there. So look for pasture raised eggs at the grocery. Better yet find a CSA or local farmer who raises chickens out in the open pastures. Happy chickens will lay the healthiest, most nutrient dense eggs.
Herbs give this burger recipe nice flavor and added health benefits. Many people overlook culinary herbs but they can actually help with certain ailments. I love using a variety of herbs for this recipe. You can get organic herbs in the grocery store but I especially like growing my own in my vintage herb planter.
So here you go! Try my favorite healthy burger recipe. It's perfect for summer cookouts or just whenever you're craving a delicious homemade burger.
1/8 to 1/4 cup organic onion, minced
1 pasture raised egg
1 lb local grass fed ground beef
1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt or to taste
About 3 tbsp organic herbs like parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, etc., chopped finely
Place all the ingredients except the condiments in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Shape your burgers into 4 equally sized burgers. Grill or pan fry your burgers. Place on toasted hamburger buns and add condiments. Enjoy!
Central New York Local Favorite
MacDonald Farms Mom's Zesty Brown Mustard. I've never really been a mustard fan until I tasted this brand. If you live in Central New York you need to pick up this mustard. It is so good in burgers and any kind of sandwich or recipe that calls for mustard. Look for raw local mustard in your area!
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