Juicy hamburgers tend to be the star food at summer barbecues. In particular, fourth of July barbecues consist of the All -American buffet menu. You can also find pasta salads, potato salads, fresh grilled corn and hotdogs amongst the buffet. Burgers are not only a good sandwich they are excellent sources of protein, iron and vitamin B12. The simple burger comes from Hamburg, Germany. Did you know that the idea to serve a burger as sandwich was born in St. Louis, MO.
Can Juicy Hamburgers Be Healthy?
According to the USDA one hamburger with no condiments will boost your saturated fat intake. The primary ingredient, ground beef, has saturated fat. Saturated fat causes a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, limit your saturated fat intake. However hamburgers can be healthy by the mere fact that it does provide nutritional value our bodies need. Hamburgers are a good source of protein, first and foremost, secondly they provide a good source of iron and phosphorus. The more veggies like lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles etc. you add to your burger made on a whole grain bun your nutritional intake dramatically increases.
Hamburgers are typically processed meat when purchased from a fast food restaurant. Making it at home is the healthiest option.
How to Cook Healthy Burgers
A good way to add fiber and minerals to your burger is to include whole grains like quinoa to help bind the meat. These grains are typically low-sodium yet high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Choose the grill option over pan frying. Grilling a burger is better than frying one as there is much less grease involved. When you grill the fat drains off from the meat however in the pan the meat sits in and baths in the fat.
Shop for leaner cuts of meat to make your juicy hamburgers from. When selecting ground beef from the butcher, choose 95% lean versions. Lean versions have much less calories and saturated fat.
Try your burger with out a bun. This will eliminate your refined carbs and reduce your calorie intake. Instead wrap it up in lettuce. Naturally without a bun the burger is messier, but it is an extremely healthier option to consider.
How to Make Juicy Hamburgers
You will need the following ingredients:
- 5 lbs. of lean ground beef
- 3 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 13 dashes of cayenne hot sauce
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp. of avocado oil
- salt, fresh dried thyme, chopped parsley
- sliced tomato, cheese, lettuce, bacon, sliced onions and pickles
- In a large bowl combine beef, avocado oil, red pepper flakes, salt, fresh ground black pepper, dried thyme and parsley, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Mix together.
- Spoon out mixture into hands. Form into quarter pound patties and layer them on a lined baking sheet.
- Pre heat grill and cook juicy hamburgers over medium hot coals. Flip after about 5 minutes and cook the other side.
- Serve with additional toppings and condiments as desired.