Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Healthy Burger Recipe

One of my families favorite dinners is burgers and fries. Who doesn't love a good burger? What I have tried to do here is add the nutrition to this meal while still keeping the yummy flavor. This way you get to eat a burger and also eat a ton of veggies in the process.

The trick here is to blend a whatever veggies you have on hand in your food processor/blender. If you have picky eaters, you will want to blend your veggies down very fine. This way they won't even be noticeable.
 After blending up your veggies, you simply mix all for your ingredients in a big bowl.
Here is what I use to make my burgers:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of blended up veggies
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcester Sauce *optional
  • Season with salt and pepper  

I like to form my burgers into smaller patties. This way they are perfect size for kids. My family eats them as sliders by cutting up mini whole wheat bagels or rolls. 
Or completely leave out the bread and just eat them as is! 

As you can see below, there are a few chunks of veggies noticeable in my patties. I actually prefer it this way. However, if you make sure you blend your veggies well, no one will be able to notice anything but meat. These patties below have Zucchini, Eggplant, Carrots, Onion, and Celery in them!
 Here is Brenden about to eat his slider.
 Here is the way I serve my baby. His burger cut up in chunks.

I'de like to encourage you to try to add some ground veggies to one of your families favorite recipes. If the recipe calls for ground meat... just try to add about 1/2 to 1 cup of blended raw veggies while you are cooking up the meat. I have told people that I like to use veggies that my kids normally won't just eat on their own. My kids normally don't eat spinach raw so that is one of my favs to add. It can be fresh or frozen! Give it a try and I would love to hear how it goes. Please leave me a comment.
After making these burgers MANY times since I posted about this I have added a few ingredients which make these burgers AMAZING! When blending up your veggies add 2 or 3 dill pickle spears. Also, I add about 1/4 cup of sliced almonds that I blend with the veggies.
I make these burgers into slider size and use dinner rolls for the buns. 

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