Balsamic Burgers with a Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Burgers with a Balsamic Glaze

B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together beautifully in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger. 

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

Burgers and I go WAY back.

They were one of 5 things that I ate as a child, along with french fries, spaghetti, meatloaf, oven fried potatoes, and bologna and pickle roll-ups. (Yeah, I know that last one sounds disgusting. I was teased endlessly for it as a child.)

I even ordered a burger and fries at a 4-star French restaurant, much to my parents horror, because that’s what I wanted. They made me a burger with ground filet mignon and the most incredible pomme frites I’ve ever had in my life. So… I clearly made the right choice.

My parents may have been frustrated by my lack of culinary exploration, but I was happy as a clam.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

My love affair with burgers took a brief hiatus when I (reluctantly) went vegetarian. I tried to replace it with a few dozen veggie burgers, but it just wasn’t the same.

And then.

I HAD TO GIVE UP KETCHUP.

And, well.

Burgers just weren’t the same.

I also had to give up regular french fries, and most sweet potato fries because they were cooked in the same oil with the regular fries. Which made burgers a little less appealing still. But the clincher? Not being able to have a bun. Because the gluten-free options just plain killed any interest I had in burgers, my friends.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

Let’s just say there are SO MANY more options now than there were 6+ years ago. Gluten-free buns are exponentially better and more readily available in restaurants. Aaaaand … I have learned to love a good burger without it being smothered in ketchup.

Afterall, one can smother a burger in lots of other things.

Like hummus.

Or a lip-smacking good balsamic glaze, like this one.

Thank you, balsamic burgers, for restoring my faith in my beloved burgers once again.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

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Balsamic Burgers

B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Balsamic Glaze:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar brown, coconut, cane

For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onions
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder or minced fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

Instructions

For the Balsamic Glaze:

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue stirring, occasionally, until sauce has reduced by about half — should take 10-15 minutes.

For the burgers:

  1. Combine all ingredients (ground beef through balsamic vinegar) in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do not overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
  2. Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
  3. For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
  4. For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.
  5. Put on bun (or lettuce wrap, or plate) and drizzle with glaze. Add favorite toppings and devour.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and soy free.

 

Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties

Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties

Cram as much summer in your mouth as humanly possible with these incredibly flavorful and light turkey, corn, and zucchini patties. Paired with homemade chimichurri sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce, these are sure to be a hit.

Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

I’ll be the first to admit that turkey isn’t always the first thing on my mind when it comes to menu planning. I have long avoided turkey breast, finding it to be dry and lacking in the flavor department. And since I don’t like gravy, there was no way to hide the disappointment.

With the list of things I’m avoiding growing each week and The Husband refusing to eat chicken, I’ve been craving some variety.

Thankfully, ground turkey has been stepping up to the plate in a big way. Read More

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

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If I had to choose one food to subsist on for the rest of my life, I’d probably choose french fries.

If I could choose two, it would be a burger and fries.

I’ve had burgers at 5-star restaurants made out of filet minion and the fanciest damn french fries on the planet. I’ve had burgers at the most dingy dive bars on this side of the country. And I’ve had them everywhere in between.

I guess you could say that I’m a total burger connoisseur.

(Okay. Maybe not. Because I only them them one way: with ketchup and pickles and mayyyybe a cooked onion or two.)

In any case, THIS burger is the one that I make week after week. It’s quick and easy and incredibly juicy. The Husband tops his with cheese. I top mine with ketchup and pickles (naturally). The Babe … well, she doesn’t really know what’s she’s missing.

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of burger?

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The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

Whip up these anything but basic beef burgers for a deliciously satisfying meal any day of the week.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onions
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder or minced fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce or tamari

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do no overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
  2. Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
  3. For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
  4. For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free and egg free. Can be made nightshade free by using tamari in place of the Worcestershire sauce. Can be made soy free by using Worcestershire sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos in place of the tamari.
Notes:

  • If you are avoiding Nightshades, balsamic vinegar, tamari or soy sauce (if you can have wheat/gluten), Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Coconut Aminos can be used in place of the Worcestershire Sauce.
  • For those that are gluten free, everything I’ve read online states that Lea & Perins brand Worcestershire sauce is safe to use. If you need a more definitive answer, I’d suggest calling the company directly or substituting it with something else (see above note for ideas).

Easy Turkey Burgers

Easy Turkey Burgers

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Seeing as it’s the 4th of July here in the States, I thought it would be incredibly appropriate to post a deliciously simple burger recipe. But this isn’t just any burger recipe. It’s a recipe for the easiest, juiciest, and most delicious turkey burger there is.

Also, these balsamic caramelized onions? 👌🏼

Do no skimp on the onions. I promise they make these turkey burgers next level.

This, coming from a recent convert to the likes of ground turkey. I was getting pretty sick of our beef, pasta, or vegetarian rut, and knew that The Husband would be game for whatever turkey related meal I put in front of his face.

So I tried out a few recipes, including these incredible turkey and sweet potato meatballs. They gave me the confidence to put even more turkey-themed recipes on the menu.

These turkey burgers are born out of that new-found confidence.

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Easy Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Declare your independence from the boring old burger and grill up a batch of these Easy Turkey Burgers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the onions:

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar

For the turkey burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

To make the onions:

  1. Slice onions into rings.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over high heat and add onions, oil, and vinegar. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until beginning to turn translucent. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid that's one size too small for the pan so it fits snugly around the onions.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions shrink to 1/3 of their size and become buttery soft; about 25 minutes.

To make the turkey burgers:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and incorporate with hands.
  2. Form into 4 patties.
  3. If grilling: Heat to medium and spray heavily with a cooking oil spray or put down 2-3 layers of aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil spray. Add patties to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside.
  4. If cooking on the stovetop: Heat 1-2 tbs oil in a pan over medium heat. Add turkey burgers and cook for 7 minutes on each side, or no longer pink inside.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.

Quinoa Patties

Quinoa Patties

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I had every intention of putting this up last week in honor of Memorial Day Weekend, the biggest burger weekend of the year. You can guess how well that worked out for me…

Turns out, it’s probably better that I waited until after so that you can switch things up and go for something a bit lighter. And less meatier.

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Also, you may finally be able to convince everyone else that it’s time for a change. Which, ahem, I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times quinoa patties have been on our menu only to be nixed by The Hubster because it just didn’t sound appealing to him.

Mind you, every time the man has quinoa HE ENJOYS IT.

It’s just getting him to have the quinoa that proves difficult. I basically have to trick him and call it a surprise.

Quinoa patties getting ready to be cooked

I’m sure you’ll be surprised to know that once he finally ate the quinoa patties that he was pleasantly surprised. He’s even asked that they show back up on the menu in the near future.

Uh. Huh.

I’m glad he finally sees it my way…

cooked quinoa patties

Speaking of my way, these patties are super flexible. So if you don’t like it my way, or feel like you want to spice it up with different veggies or spices, you should totally add in whatever tickles your fancy.

I know that Jessica from How Sweet It Is, likes hers with red peppers, avocado, and copious amounts of cheese.

Her recipe (well, maybe plural since she has about 4 different variations) also happens to be the inspiration for my foray into the quinoa patty world.

quinoa patties ready to be served

 

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Quinoa Patties

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal
  • 2 large carrots about 1/2 cup, chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Combine quinoa and broth (or water) in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for 15 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Set aside to cool.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until at least 50% of chickpeas and smooshed (technical term).
  3. Add chickpea flour, flaxmeal, carrots, onion, oregano, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to the bowl and stir to combine. Add cooked (and slightly cooled) quinoa and stir until full incorporated.
  4. Form into patties and set aside what you will be cooking. Remaining patties can be placed on a baking sheet and frozen for another meal!
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add quinoa patties and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes per side.
  7. Serve on a bun (or lettuce) with your favorite fixin's.
  8. Devour.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.