Build a Better Burger: Organic Recipes for Summer BBQs
BBQ season is almost here. I know there are some of us who grill all year round, but for some of us, Memorial Day seems to be kick-off day to start up our grills! Today I’m going to share with you some quick, easy, healthy and organic recipes to help make your burger better, by revamping some of our favorite condiments, without the additions of soy, sugars (HFCS), preservatives, additives and GMO’s.
First, let’s start with tips about the meat. Make sure you are buying the best hot dogs (nitrite and nitrate free) and quality ground beef, which will be grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free, read here about why grass-fed beef is better, not just for us but for our environment. If you can’t find grass-fed beef locally here is a wonderful resource.
Now let’s make our burger better by making a few homemade, healthy versions of our favorite store bought staples! You will never go back to store bought after trying these deliciously, easy and good for you, homemade versions.
Homemade Condiments: 3 Easy Organic Recipes
Quick Organic Ketchup Recipe
- 6 ounces organic tomato paste
- 1/4 cup raw organic honey
- 1/2 cup organic white vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup filtered water (add more or less depending on how thick you would like it)
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon organic garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon organic onion powder
Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes; stirring frequently. Remove from heat, cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Organic Mustard Recipe
- ¼ cup dried organic mustard powder
- ¾ cup filtered water
- ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. organic distilled white vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp. arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp. fine sea salt
- ½ tsp. organic turmeric
- 1/8 tsp. organic garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp. organic paprika
Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk the mixture until it’s smooth over medium heat, bringing to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low after the mustard comes to a boil, simmering for -about five minutes and stirring often. Remove the mustard from heat and place it in a covered container in the refrigerator for several hours until fully cooled (it will thicken as it cools)
Homemade Organic Mayonnaise Recipe
- 2 large egg yolks (from pastured hens is preferred)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from organic lemons)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Lacto-Mayonnaise (Optional)
- 1/2 tablespoon whey
Place egg yolks in food processor and blend for 1 minute (I’ve used my Vitamix for this too, and it’s worked perfectly. Also a hand blender will also work). Add apple cider vinegar and blend for 30 more seconds. Add salt, and Dijon mustard. Turn on the food processor or blender (on low/medium speed) and pour the oil in very slowly; blend until you get the right consistency.
*If you want the mayo to last a few weeks, add 1/2 tbsp. of whey as your last step. If you do this, allow it to sit at room temperature for 7 hours before placing in fridge.
Do you have any favorite organic recipes for making your BBQ’s healthier? Share in the comments below!