Blueberry Grass-Fed Beef Burgers
Adapted from the American Grassfed Beef Association
The blueberries add the needed extra moisture for the beef, as well as antioxidants and good flavor.
2 pounds grass-fed beef, ground
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Prepare your grill.
Purée the berries in a blender or food processor. Combine the berries, beef, and salt and pepper with clean hands until well-mixed. Form the meat into 6 patties of equal size.
Because grass-fed beef is very lean, the cooking is a little different than for traditional burgers. Sear the patties on high heat on one side for 30 seconds, then move them to a cooler section of the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes then flip and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Grass-fed beef is best served medium to medium-rare and might need additional moisture or fat added after cooking, like a pat of warm butter, some good NY cheddar or caramelized onions. Add a fresh toasted bun, a thick tomato slice, some fresh greens and enjoy.
This recipe originally appeared in our Summer 2008 issue.