There is nothing better than a super juicy burger topped with tons of crunchy veggies on a warm summer evening. Actually, living in Texas, we can pretty much grill almost year round. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be just a summer thing. This year, for the first time in years, we didn’t have big plans for the Fourth of July. So we decided to pack some healthy lunches and spend the day at the water park and then come home for a family dinner. I knew grilled burgers would be the perfect way to regain some energy after a long day of activity.
For several years when I made burgers I used a burger seasoning mix from William Sonoma. It made delicious burgers but once I started trying to ditch processed food I looked at the ingredient label. Unfortunately, I discovered that the mix included MSG. (You would think Williams Sonoma, of all places, could make a seasoning mix without unnecessary ingredients.) Since cutting out most processed foods I’ve learned to season my burgers myself. It only takes a couple of minutes and they taste even better than before.
These burgers are made with soy sauce, seasonings you probably have on hand, and fresh herbs for an extra flavor boost. In addition to those ingredients, I add 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. This is the secret ingredient that I believe makes perfectly juicy burgers. I got the idea a while back when I made a burger recipe that included sour cream. I didn’t have sour cream at the time so I used Greek yogurt and they turned out perfect.
My seven year old has never liked burgers. Actually, I can’t say that he has never liked them. He’s given them a bite or two in the past but never eaten any more than that. I think it’s because they just seem overwhelming to him. I can totally understand this from a kid’s point of view. It’s a huge piece of meat for a little mouth. So this time I was determined to win him over. Because really, who doesn’t love a good burger? I chose to make our burgers into sliders this time. I like sliders for two reasons. One is that their size is more kid-friendly. And two, they make portion control easier. I try to watch how much meat I eat so these are the perfect size for me. I can have a small slider and then load up the rest of my plate with veggies.
So, get your grill fired up and give these a try!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp fresh parsley (or other herb of choice)
- 1 T soy sauce (add ¼ tsp salt if your soy sauce is low sodium)
- 2 T greek yogurt (or sour cream)
- whole wheat hamburger or slider buns
- garnishes: cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion
- In a medium bowl, mix together the mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and parsley.
- Add the spice mixture, soy sauce, and greek yogurt to the ground beef. Mix thoroughly.
- Divide the mixture into four patties for regular hamburgers or into 8 patties for sliders.
- Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour or more.
- Preheat your grill.
- Remove patties from the refrigerator and grill to desired doneness.
Real Food Tips:
- If your budget allows, 100% grass fed beef is best. I was able to purchase mine on sale for $5.99 a pound at Sprouts. Conventional meat usually comes from cows fed a diet of corn (usually GMO) instead of eating their natural diet of grass. The healthier the cow, the healthier the meat you consume.
- When choosing buns, look for whole wheat options. I’ll be honest, I had a hard time finding slider buns that didn’t include unhealthy ingredients. But I know there are regular sized buns that aren’t full of junk. Or you could make them homemade. I’ve done that before and they are delicious!
- If your budget allows, try to buy organic soy sauce because conventional soy is often GMO.