5 Ways to Upgrade Your Burger This Summer

Written by:

Suzanne Weaver-Goss


As a foodie, when I think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t swimming or catching lighting bugs, but rather picnics and barbecues. When I was a child, we often had cookouts with burgers and hot dogs. For those of us who continue to enjoy cookouts and perhaps even summertime meat, I invite you to upgrade those burgers (or hot dogs) in the following ways):

  • Always buy organic, grass-fed (pastured) beef.
  • Opt for unsweetened ketchup. Most at the health food store have lots of sugar, but here’s one I like.
  • Go better than whole wheat with a sprouted whole grain bun, such as those made by Food for Life.
  • Add lots of veggies to the top and more on the side! I top my burgers with raw onions, micro greens, sprouts, and lettuce–and I love tomatoes this time of year. Sometimes I’ll add mushrooms, red peppers, or avocado. Or how about cucumbers and squash, like on the burger pictured at right?
  • Try sauerkraut as a topping for a healthy dose of good bacteria.
We even use Ezekiel’s buns for our burgers.

And for those of us who don’t eat meat or want to limit our meat consumption, there are many alternatives. I make delicious millet burgers (I’ll post a recipe next week) or other grain or bean burgers. Black bean burgers are a family favorite. I don’t recommend the pre-made veggie burgers; homemade are much tastier and healthier!

For other ways to upgrade your favorite foods, schedule a free 30-minute strategy session by emailing [email protected].

Be well,

Suzanne, Certified Holistic Health Coach

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  1. Sabrina Avatar

    Any recommendations on where to buy organic/grass fed beef? I live in NY…typically whole foods sells organic or grass fed but I have never found one that was both.