Remember when we were kids before the 'manufacturers' got their hands on our food and when food tasted natural and you could really taste the real flavour?
The best quality of meat and dairy comes from grass-fed, free-range and organic. We understand some people are vegetarian (Rachel doesn't eat meat) and completely respect and admire those choices, and while we don't recommend eating much meat at all, what we do eat needs to be 'the good stuff' because we not only care where it comes from and what processes it's gone through but we also care about what we put into our bodies.
We won't go into too much detail but if you choose the non-free-range, non-grass fed meat and poultry then you're subjecting your body to hormones, pesticides, chemicals, high levels of salt, preservatives, additives, colourings and lots more nasties which might not affect you this very moment but may certainly have an impact on your health in the long run.
It's also worth considering what your animal protein has been subjected to with all of this mistreatment!
If you can choose 'organic grass-fed/free-range' even better but always look for 'free-range' or 'grass-fed' on eggs, meat, poultry and dairy products and choose Jersey, Guernsey and sea caught or sea farmed fish. The nutritional benefits are immense!
This is how our ancestors ate and this is how we should be eating and teaching the next generations. Real food is not created in a factory and it doesn't come out of a packet... it's created by the earth.
If you're a veggie, we highly recommend Mexican Spice burgers made by Dragonfly foods or Paul's Mexican burgers which you will find in all good UK health food stores. Whole Foods & Planet Organic have an excellent choice too.
Burgers last in the freezer for up to 1 month
500g free-range turkey mince (or organic at the very least)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 tsp garlic puree
1 tsp chilli puree
2 tsp chipotle paste
Black pepper to taste
Place the mince into a large bowl, add in all the ingredients, ideally mix with your hands to combine all the spices into the mince
Shape into 6 evenly sized patties, rub a little olive oil onto each side of each patty and place on a large plate and cover
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes (or until the BBQ is hot and ready!)
Cook the burgers in a hot pan on the hob or on a BBQ to your liking but make sure they're well heated and cooked all the way through the middle, keep warm in the oven if not eating immediately
You can leave out the chipotle if you don't like them spicy and swap it for mustard or freshly torn herbs or just have a plain burger with a little seasoning, it's up to you but they don't need flour or eggs or anything else adding, just keep it simple and play around with the (natural) flavours
Serve in between lettuce leaves or a crusty sourdough roll with regular or sweet potato fries and a small side salad or homemade coleslaw.
So, make sure you only buy quality protein and next time you can have friends round for a BBQ, whip these burgers out, you'll have people saying where did you get these amazing burgers from? You can say, "I made them of course darling", which always feels so good.
Just be sure to tell them where you got the recipe!