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Wild ideas for cooking your beef: blueberry burgers

It’s always fun to add some variety to your menu.  We love trying out new ideas for cooking our natural beef!

Not every recipe idea will work for the whole family, but here’s one that’s sure to pass the “kid test.”

A Very Berry Burger!

By Susan Rutter

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Food writer Linda Dannenberg reports that when she first prepared blueberry-laced hamburgers for her husband and son, there was some trepidation. But the verdict was “overwhelmingly positive,” she says.

Her quick-to-make blue burger recipe is included in her enthusiastic cookbook “True Blueberry” which shows the versatility of the berry as an ingredient not only in jams and muffins, but in salads, meat dishes and more.

Dannenburg had read a few years ago about research at the University of Maine on creating a blueberry burger, and she decided to develop her own recipe. This is the result – one that can span the seasons, whether or not it’s blueberry harvest time.

“I have made these burgers with a variety of blueberry products – fresh, freeze-dried and dried (like raisins),” she writes in the book. “I think they are most successful with the freeze-dried varieties, since they do not have all the water of fresh blueberries and add the subtle flavor and health benefits of blueberries without changing the basic texture of the burgers.”

Juicy Blue Burger

1/2 cup freeze-dried blueberries
1 pound ground lean beef
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese (optional)

Place the blueberries in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until pureed. In a large bowl, combine the blueberries with the beef, salt and several turns of the pepper mill.

With your hands or a wooden spoon, mix and knead the beef until the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Form into 4 burgers. Pan-fry or grill according to your taste. If you’re making cheeseburgers, add the cheese about 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Place the burgers on buns and serve with ketchup or chilli sauce. Makes 4 burgers.

Per Burger (Not including bun or cheese): Calories 210, Protein 23g, Fat 10g, Carbohydrates 4g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 315mg.

Susan Rutter — Author, Nutritionist, Instructor
Assists patients to make healthy changes in their lives.
Web Site: Healthy YOUbbies

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