Sassy Burgers- Made in Many Ways

Sassy burgers- made in many ways!  Point being, one look at this entree and you might think it a typical burger, think again.  This burger is made with gluten free buns (from the freezer section); the burger is made from Beyond Burgers, a plant based meat alternative and the toppings are fresh produce from the produce department.

The specialness of this burger is how you jazz it up.  I’ve tried many versions of pesto and a variety of chesses and different types of greens.  Today’s version is the addition of garlic, mushrooms and onions blended together into a pureed mixture. Then add a stone ground mustard to top it off – delicious!

Of course, you can use any of the grass fed beef or ground turkey that is offered at Fresh & Natural as well to make a wonderful burger in addition to their organic hamburger buns/rolls.  Have fun creating your own burger version on the stove top or on the grill this summer.


Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
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  1. Cook the meat until the meat thermometer reads 165ºF.  Melt the cheese on the burgers for the last minute or two.
  2. Mix the mushrooms, garlic and onions in a blender until it is pureed.
  3. Warm the hamburger buns on the grill or the oven.
  4. Create your burger by adding the toppings of your choice:  greens, tomato, mustard, ketchup, and the mushroom puree.  You may want to add other toppings such as peppers, pickles, or pesto.

To limit sodium, omit the pickles and cheese and try an open faced burger if the hamburgerr bun is high in sodium.

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