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French Onion Burgers

Recipe: French Onion Burgers

Burgers are such an easy weeknight meal which is why they are a weekly staple on many people’s meal plans (or last minute meal decisions). But plain beef burgers can get a little boring. By adding just a few simple ingredients you can make French Onion Burgers…and take dinner up a few notches.

These are excessively simple to make but to make your dinner time even more stress free you can prep them in advance by throwing them together, shaping them and freezing them. Then you can come home after a long day and just throw them right on the grill…yes, from frozen. (You may already know I am a huge fan of Meal Prepping).

Pair them with some roasted broccoli and a salad (the quickest ones come from a bag of course:-) and you have an amazing dinner in under 20 minutes. And…you can essentially clean your kitchen while the meal cooks! It is so low maintenance.

When this recipe originated in my mind  (I thought “yum, wouldn’t sauteed onions in the burgers be delicious?”), I found out that several versions of it already existed. And the idea of using sauteed onions became less exciting because, in order to get them really sauteed, it would have taken a pretty long time.

The recipes I found on google contained Onion Soup Mix which contains unnecessary additives including MSG. I figured that dehydrated onions would do the trick as long as there was enough salt to bring in some of that salty goodness from the soup mix… it worked.

I am also a fan of fresh herbs whenever possible (because they are full of nutrients and also add so much flavour) so fresh parsley was a great addition.

If you are on a gluten free diet, you can purchase French’s Worcestershire Sauce (which is gluten free) and of course, use your favourite gluten free bbq sauce.

French Onion Burgers

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 fresh onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Divide into 8 equal portions.
  3. Shape into burgers.
  4. Grill 7-8 minutes per side or freeze. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, on their own or with your favourite toppings.

Serves 4-6

If you are meal prepping these French Onion Burgers, you can freeze them individually on a cookie sheet and then transfer them to a container once frozen. Then, just cook them from frozen for about 10 minutes per side (grill or pan) until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF.

For simple By Design recipes why not pick up your copy of the Eat By Design Cookbook. I’ve created it in the form of a 28-day meal plan (plus grocery lists!) so you don’t need to think about what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner for the next month. Or you can grab the first 7 days FREE by clicking here.

Best Broccoli Salad (By Design)

Having an awesome Broccoli Salad recipe in your back pocket is so great when you are looking for a change in your salad routine.

This recipe is so simple and with the addition of fresh dill for a pop of freshness it really makes for a surprise in the flavour.

And there is a reason that I want you to add Broccoli Salad to your regular salad rotation.

That is because broccoli belongs to a family called cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in sulfur containing compounds called glucosinolates which support detoxification and break down further into compounds which have shown to reduce the risk and/or growth of certain cancers (specifically lung, stomach, colon and rectal).

Now, in our home, we actually don’t usually add cheese or bacon (gasp!)…but that is generally because if I don’t have cooked bacon on hand, I am not looking for an extra step in the prep process, I tend to be “frugal” with our cheese…and I don’t really tolerate dairy well…but that is just me. You are welcome to go wild!

This recipe has stood the test of time. Adults love it and so do the kids…and it’s really simple.

If you want this to be really healthy, make the mayo yourself by following the recipe below. If you are in a rush and are just glad to have a salad on the table, use store bought mayo. The problem is that store bought mayo is made with lower quality oils and I want to see you using a healthy oil like avocado oil (which is best for mayo because it has little to flavour compared to olive oil, but olive oil works well too).

Meal Prep Tip:

if you are preparing this salad in advance, just leave the dressing on the side.

Broccoli Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 head broccoli, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup organic raisins
  • ½ cup homemade or store bought mayo (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • cheese, bacon optional
  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, red onion, sunflower seeds and raisins.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine mayo, maple syrup, dill and apple cider vinegar
  3. Pour over broccoli salad and toss to combine evenly.

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Mayonnaise

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Special Equipment: immersion/stick blender

  •  1 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole egg, raw and fresh, free run
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a cup that your immersion blender will fit into.
  2. Insert immersion blender to bottom. Turn on blender and hold it in place, on the bottom of the cup for about 20 seconds.
  3. With the blender still running, slowly lift it out of the cup allowing it to blend any remaining oil.
  4. Store in airtight container.

*Should last as long as the expiry date on the egg you used.

For more simple By Design recipes why not pick up your copy of the Eat By Design Cookbook. I’ve created it in the form of a 28-day meal plan (plus grocery lists!) so you don’t need to think about what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner for the next month. Or you can grab the first 7 days FREE by clicking here.