How to Make The Perfect Burger Like The Grownup You Almost Are

Yesterday was National Hamburger Day! Who doesn’t love a day that centers around food? It seems only fitting to celebrate with…hamburgers, of course!  Tasty, juicy and the ever-appropriate summer meat of choice!  But because I am a Registered Dietitian, I feel compelled to share a few thoughts on selecting the best meat.  When possible, always opt for free-range, grass–fed beef.  This should be clearly labeled on the package.  And lucky for you, more and more grocery stores are now stocking free-range and grass–fed options.  While this choice might be pricier, the meat is of a higher quality, and absolutely tastes great.  I always remind my nutrition clients “If you don’t know what they eat, you don’t know what you eat.” Here’s my favorite recipe for spiced (and super-savory!) grownup hamburgers…

Ingredients for four servings:

1 pound 90% lean grass-fed ground beef

1 onion, finely chopped

1 egg, scrambled

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, onion and egg until well combined
  2. Fold in garlic powder and feta cheese
  3. Divide and form meat into four even balls, then form into patties
  4. With your thumb, make a small indentation in the center of each patty (this helps prevent the burger from becoming ‘tall’ when it cooks)
  5. Grill for about 5 minutes and flip, cooking an additional 2 minutes (for a medium rare burger)
  6. Enjoy on a grilled bun with your topping of choice (maybe last week’s hummus alternatives?) or over a salad for a lower-carb and gluten free option

We’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite hamburger topping?  And as always, please let us know if you try this recipe at home!