Market-Fresh Ingredients Inspire Summer’s Best Burgers

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Did you hear it? That final Fourth of July firework had a loud and clear message: Grilling season is officially in full swing! This time, we’re showing you not only what to cook — but how to cook — which begins with market-fresh ingredients from your favorite local farmers market.

If you got grades for all the healthy choices you’ve been making at the area farmers markets, you’d be a straight-A student: Your fridge is overflowing with market-fresh lettuces, onions, mushrooms, avocados and beyond. 

And what do all of these amazingly nutritious offerings have in common? They’re ideal toppings for the perfect summer burger, obviously. 

When it comes to healthy grilling, remember the golden rule: Skimp on sauces, but add those veggies in abundance and at will. They’ll help you feel fuller faster, and sometimes they can perfectly complement — or even replace — a lean protein. (Grilled portobello mushroom burgers, we’re looking at you!)

 

But if you’re a meat-and-cheese kinda person, no worries. Many grocery stores and food chains now offer organic, pastured and/or grass-fed protein options. Still others are making changes to incorporate protein choices without antibiotics and hormones.

Healthier Market-Fresh Burgers

Looking for creative ways to cut the calories from your favorite burgers? Try these creative ideas: 

  • Ban the bun: Eliminate the empty calories of a white bun altogether and use some of that nutrient-rich green leafy lettuce to wrap your patty. 
  • Swap the sauce: Instead of fatty mayonnaise, try fresh salsa or protein-rich Greek yogurt and herbs. 
  • Good things come in small packages: Make sliders instead of regular-sized burgers, limiting yourself to one small burger and a heaping helping of grilled, market-fresh veggies.
  • DIY Ketchup: Skip the sugar-infused ketchup you found in your grocery aisle, and instead, grab some tomatoes, peel them, remove their seeds and most of the juice, then blend them up with vinegar and spices.
 

Looking for a more traditional recipe that’ll make your mouth water and use some of that amazing market-fresh bounty? Try the recipe below! 

And to receive an assessment on your specific dietary needs, schedule a consultation with one of Renown’s registered dietitians at Health Improvement Programs. Call 775-982-5073.

Smothered Mushroom & Onion Burger
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Servings4people
Prep Time10minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
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Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1 8-ounce package pre-sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground round
  • 4 slices Texas toast 1-ounce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese 2 ounces
Instructions
  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove onion from pan, and keep warm.
  5. Heat pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt; saute 5 minutes or until tender.
  6. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and beef. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
  7. Preheat broiler.
  8. Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place bread on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until toasted.
  9. Arrange bread on a baking sheet. Top each bread slice with 1 patty, 1/4 cup onion, 1/4 cup mushrooms, and 2 tablespoons cheese; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
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Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1 8-ounce package pre-sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground round
  • 4 slices Texas toast 1-ounce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese 2 ounces
Instructions
  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove onion from pan, and keep warm.
  5. Heat pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt; saute 5 minutes or until tender.
  6. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and beef. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
  7. Preheat broiler.
  8. Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place bread on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until toasted.
  9. Arrange bread on a baking sheet. Top each bread slice with 1 patty, 1/4 cup onion, 1/4 cup mushrooms, and 2 tablespoons cheese; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

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