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.

 

Kung Pao Meatballs

Kung Pao Meatballs

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I have a love hate relationship with meatballs. The Hubster loves them and I love to hate them. And, well, there was really no in between on that one. Until we started eating red meat on a more regular basis and needed to add some variety into our burger only repertoire.

I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to find a few meatball recipes that I like, including these Kung Pao Meatballs.

The Hubster loves them.

I love them.

And The Babe? She freakin’ loves them too.

So the next time you’re looking for a way to switch things up and get your roll on, I implore you to make these Kung Pao Meatballs.

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Recipe: Kung Pao Meatballs

Get your roll on with these unbelievably good Kung Pao Meatballs. Pair them with a little steamed rice and your favorite veggies and you've got one helluva good meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs or cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbs sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbs sriracha
  • 2 tbs honey

For garnish:

  • 2 tbs chopped green onions
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix beef through garlic in a large mixing bowl and combine with hands until all ingredients have been incorporated.
  3. Roll into balls and transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes, or no longer pink inside.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  5. Combine soy sauce or tamari through honey in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour over meatballs, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free*, gluten free*, and corn free. The wheat free and gluten free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of cooked quinoa in place of the panko/breadcrumbs.
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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.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

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I always thought I wasn’t a meatball kind of girl.

I hated the meatballs that sat on top of my spaghetti. The mere mention of them ruined a perfectly good meal. Maybe it was the cheese that was hidden in every single batch, or the mix of pork, veal, and beef that seemed ever present where we dined.

So it was out of complete desperation and boredom with our weekly menu, that I ventured into the world of Asian inspired meatballs.

I started with the Asian Quinoa Meatballs from Damn Delicious, moved into the Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs from Oh My Veggies, and finally made my way into meatball obsession with the Kung Pao Meatballs from Fit Foodie Finds.

When I came across a recipe for turkey and sweet potato meatballs I was a little excited and a little nervous that The Husband wouldn’t like them. HE is a total spaghetti and meatball fan who never gets super geeked about turkey anything. But he’s a good sport, and (almost) always willing to eat what I put in front of him.

The good news? These were a huge hit with BOTH of us.

The bad news? There was only enough for one of us to have them again today. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t The Husband.)

Do yourself a favor and make a double batch. That way, you won’t need to seek out couples counseling to help resolve any hurt feelings or lingering issues from the sheer heft of the disappointment you’ll feel when they are gone.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

Get a flavorful and filling dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes with these tantalizing turkey and sweet potato meatballs inspired by The Lean Green Bean's Paleo Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup sweet potato cooked and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup panko or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray large baking sheet with cooking oil and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands until all ingredients are just combined. Set aside momentarily.
  4. Heat a large skillet with 1-2 tbs of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Form turkey mixture into balls (I made about 18), and place into skillet. Cook until meatballs are browned on all sides before transferring to prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turn over, and bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until meatballs are no longer pink inside).
  7. Serve with BBQ sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, corn free, and soy free.
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