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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’ recipes

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



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



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!

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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