French Onion Burgers

Satisfy your craving for French onion soup in the summer time with these big, juicy beef burgers stuffed with caramelized onions, then topped with melty gruyere and even more caramelized onions. 

French Onion Burgers with tons of caramelized onions and melty gruyere

Once upon a time, I’m pretty sure I thought caramelized onions actually had caramel in them. I mean, they’re sooo sweet and delicious. I just figured they at least had buckets of sugar to get them to that point!

French Onion Burgers with tons of caramelized onions and melty gruyere

Turns out, onions are kind of magical, and you probably already know that if you let em cook on low heat for a ridiculous amount of time, they transform into the sweetest and most tender veggie you will ever eat.

French Onion Burgers with tons of caramelized onions and melty gruyere

It does take a while, but it is soooo easy. Once I get them going, I generally prep everything else I have to do for dinner and then, if dinner is super easy, sometimes I just watch Netflix and go back to the kitchen to stir them around every now and then. They are totally low maintenance.

French Onion Burgers with tons of caramelized onions and melty gruyere

As much as I love onions, ya know what really makes French onion soup for me? That thick layer of bubbly cheese on top. Bubbling cheese is like the stuff dreams are made of. Put it on top of that thick slice of bread they put on top, and your meal is pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. Bread. Cheese. Onions. Done.

French Onion Burgers with tons of caramelized onions and melty gruyere

But I have to say, it’s all even better when sitting on top of a super juicy beef burger that has even more onions hiding inside! It’s so good, you totally don’t even need the bun. In fact, I won’t eat a burger unless it’s good enough to eat bunless. It’s kind of a rule in my house because 99% of the time I toss the bun after it serves its purpose of looking cute on camera, and eat my delicious burger nekked. ;)

French Onion Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 3-4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

French Onion Burgers

Satisfy your craving for French onion soup in the summer time with these big, juicy beef burgers stuffed with caramelized onions, then topped with melty gruyere and even more caramelized onions.

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • generous pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef (94-96%)
  • pinch thyme (fresh or dried)
  • pinch paprika
  • 2-4 ounces sliced or shredded gruyere cheese
  • whole grain buns for serving (if desired)

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, cook onions and garlic in olive oil and balsamic vinegar over medium-low heat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft and caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl combine ground beef, 1/4 of the caramelized onions, thyme, paprika, and an extra pinch of black pepper. Form into 3-4 even patties (depending on how big you like your burgers).
  3. Grill burgers to desired doneness. Top immediately with gruyere and allow to melt slightly then top with a generous portion of caramelized onions. Serve immediately.

Notes

For even cooking in your burgers, gently press your thumb into the center of each patty before cooking.

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Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered in roasted jalapeno and garlic bacon guacamole and topped with cotija cheese. These hot dogs take typical grilling to the next level with their spicy, bold flavors and perfectly contrasting textures.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

It’s not like you need a reason to make fancy, delicious, to-die-for guacamole. In fact hunger is reason enough for me, and a fork is a totally acceptable vehicle. However, a spicy sausage may be an even more delicious vehicle.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

For a while I was on the fence about hot dogs. Somewhere along the line they became one of those gross foods in my mind that you don’t eat past the age of 7. Ummm, that was a big mistake because for years I missed out on the amazingness that is hot dogs and sausages.

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

I also believe that all things are better with guacamole. Even the most delicious things can become instantly more delicious when you add guacamole. Juicy burger? Add guac! Simple grilled chicken? Totally different when smothered with avocado-y goodness. A spoon the size of your face? I think you know the answer. ;)

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs: Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered with roasted jalapeno & garlic bacon guacamole + cotija cheese

My friends from Fork in the Road happened to send me some of their products to try, and after absolutely loving them at BTP, I knew I was in for a treat! I ended up using the hot links which are perfect for this flavor combination, but you can  use any hot dog or sausage you like!

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 hotdog/sausage

Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs

Spicy grilled hot dogs smothered in roasted jalapeno and garlic bacon guacamole and topped with cotija cheese. These hot dogs take typical grilling to the next level with their spicy, bold flavors and perfectly contrasting textures.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grill hotdogs/sausages to desired doneness, about 5 minutes. Toast buns if desired. Place hotdogs/sausages in buns or on a plate, smother with guacamole, and top with a generous pinch of cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Buns are totally optional. They look prettier, but I ate these bunless and they were absolutely delicious!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was supplied with free sausages from Fork in the Road, but was not in any other way compensated for this post. Recipe and opinions are my own.

Greek Lamb Burgers

Bold, flavorful and tender half lamb/half beef burgers stuffed with feta cheese and topped with creamy tzatziki sauce. Everything you love about a classic gyro in healthy, summer burger form!

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

I F-ing love a gyro. When I worked at my last school, we did our shows at the MAC which is dangerously close to this little hole in the wall Greek restaurant. I had actually never (whaaaaat???) eaten a gyro (and I still pronounced it with a j sound…shhhh…), but my friend Emily raved about it, and I have to tell you, I have not stopped thinking about that damn gyro ever since.

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

We’re talking years here people. When I love food, I don’t forget about it. Trust me, I still talk about this Italian restaurant I ate at in London when I was 14.  I can’t remember to return pretty much any emails, but I can remember the meal I ate 5 zillion years ago that was “life changing”. It’s a gift. You know, like how Karen in Mean Girls can tell the weather.

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

Okay, so we all know I have a bit of a burger problem, yes? I have actually heard my man food and meat loving husband utter the words “burgers….again?”. Yes. Once June hits (okay…May…), burgers multiple times a week are not only normal, but expected. I mean, sometimes I change it up. With a hot dog.

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

But this was not a “burgers…again?” moment. This was one of those getting feisty and fighting over the leftovers all week long moments. I’m serious. It gets crazy over here. Like a race to the fridge to claim the good leftovers. We’re both very considerate and grown up human beings.

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

Okay, let’s discuss what makes these burgers so flippin fantastic. First of all, they are half lamb, half beef. Lamb is delicious. If you haven’t gotten on board yet, I highly suggest it. I find lamb to be one of the juiciest, most tender and flavorful meats. Well, this has a lot to do with the high fat/calorie content. Now, if you don’t care about that sort of thing, feel free to use all lamb. That would be delicious. While I don’t count calories, or any macronutrients, or even really anything past the #8 (dancer joke…see what I did there? ;) ), I still do think about that sort of thing, and I would prefer to get all the flavor, but keep it a little on the leaner side.

Greek Lamb Burgers: Like a healthier gyro in burger form!

That being said, in the name of “health”, obviously I had to stuff them full of freshly crumbled feta and smother them with creamy tzaziki because…obviously? Oh, and you can totally use a bun. I never do. I buy them for photos. It’s pretty silly. But these babies looked gorgeous on their own with just some fresh greens, the grilled onions, black olives, green onion and fresh parsley. There was so much going on, I just wanted to show them off for exactly what they were. I can tell you that these will definitely be making their way back into my burger rotation, and they will take your next grill night not just to the next level, but like a lot of levels up. ;)

Greek Lamb Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Greek Lamb Burgers

Bold, flavorful and tender half lamb/half beef burgers stuffed with feta cheese and topped with creamy tzatziki sauce. Everything you love about a classic gyro in healthy, summer burger form!

Ingredients

    For the burgers:
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (93% or higher)
  • 2-3 ounces freshly crumbled feta
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • generous pinch oregano (finely chopped or dried)
  • generous pinch thyme (finely chopped or dried)
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • generous pinch each salt and pepper
  • For serving:
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced and grilled
  • fresh greens
  • tratziki
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • sliced olives
  • chopped green onion

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the burgers. Mix until just combined. Form into burger patties and grill to desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes per side. Lamb, like beef, does not need to be cooked well done, but do make sure it reaches 160 for food safety.
  2. Serve over fresh greens (or on tops of your favorite buns) and grilled onions. Top with tzatziki, parsley, olives and onion. Leftovers may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

All the delicious flavor of pad Thai in fun, healthy and delicious meatballs! These Thai turkey meatballs are so good, they stand alone without pasta, and are even more fantastic dipped in the creamy peanut sauce.

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

I have so much to tell you! I just got back from the most incredible weekend at Blend (incredible hosted by Lindsay, Janetha & Lauren)! I’ve been dying to go after reading about the last two years, and I was pee-my-pants-excited to meet some of my favorite people from the internet. That makes me sound like a total nerd, but it’s cool. I am a total nerd.

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

I shared a room with Nicole & Katie (because…duh) and I was so stoked that Ashley ended up in our room too. It was the perfect energy and we stayed up both nights chatting and laughing until I literally fell asleep mid sentence. I wish that was every night. Although, Steve might be a little annoyed.

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

I was so excited to finally meet Lindsay and Brittany. I feel like I’ve known them for years, and they are two of the kindest, most supportive people I have ever met. In fact, for a long time I felt like I was blogging to no one, and I don’t even remember who found who, but I can say that both of them have given me a huge sense of community, and it was even better to get to play in real life!

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

Gahhhh, I feel like I could go on for YEARS about every cool person I met, but how about we get talk about some meatballs, and I’ll make you a lovely little list at the end of new blogs you absolutely must check out because the humans behind them are incredible. Sound good?

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

Okay, so….these meatballs. They are seriously so so easy. And they involve mixing with your hands, which is always my favorite.  Whisk together a little peanut sauce, then mixing and rolling your meatballs will only take you a matter of minutes. While they cook, you catch up on Netflix…or if you’re a better person than me, you get ahead on cleaning. I’m not sure I can say I’ve ever gotten ahead on cleaning…

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce: Healthy, delicious & gluten-free

I use the “cooling rack inside the baking sheet” method (very technical term) + a little olive oil to ensure even cooking and a perfectly textured meatball. Ya know, when it has the browned outside, but still super tender and juicy on the inside? The.best. Not to mention, these meatballs are super healthy–lean, packed with protein, and with some veggies inside for good measure! It will only take a few of them to fill you up, and the sweet and spicy peanut sauce makes you feel like you’re going to town on your favorite Thai take out. Literally the best of every world, and a dinner you will want to make over and over again!

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: approximately 20 meatballs

Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

All the delicious flavor of pad Thai in fun, healthy and delicious meatballs! These Thai turkey meatballs are so good, they stand alone without pasta, and are even more fantastic dipped in the creamy peanut sauce.

Ingredients

    For the meatballs:
  • 20 ounces lean ground turkey (I suggest 93-96%)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats (use gf if necessary)*
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped bean sprouts
  • generous pinch salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or gf soy sauce, or regular soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce (or Sriracha)
  • water, as needed for thinning
  • Optional for serving:
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime
  • Sriracha

Instructions

  1. To make the peanut sauce, whisk together peanut butter, lime juice, coconut aminos, honey and chili. Add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until sauce has reached desired consistency.
  2. To make the meatballs, preheat oven to 400. Place a cooling rack inside of a large baking sheet** and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside. Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl until incorporated. Roll into approximately 2 inch (about 1 ounce) balls and place onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil if desired***.
  3. Bake until browned and cooked throughout, about 25 minutes. Serve with prepared peanut sauce**** a squeeze of fresh lime, a pinch of cilantro and a drizzle of Sriracha if desired. Leftovers may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Store peanut sauce separately.

Notes

*If you only have slow cooking oats on hand, simple throw them in the food processor for about 30 seconds, or even chop by hand. **Using the cooling rack inside the baking sheet helps the meatballs to bake evenly on the bottom and for any extra fat to cook off. It is not 100% necessary, but recommended. ***The extra olive oil helps the meatballs brown and get a a nice outer texture. This is also optional, but recommended. ****If peanut sauce becomes too thick, simply whisk in more water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

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And because I love them, please check out some of my amazing friends that I hung out with this weekend. Tons of health tips, motivation & inspiration!

Lindsay | Janetha | Lauren | Nicole | Katie | Ashley | Lindsay | Brittany | Ashley | Mollie | Alex | Candice | Erika | Laura | Nicole | Janae and sooooo many more.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy, healthy dinner that pack a powerful punch of flavor! With practically no prep work, they will change your mind on the ease of healthy eating.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Bold, healthy & insanely easy!

Can I just tell you about the moment in my life when I realized I could get the taste of buffalo wings without eating deep friend chicken? I seriously didn’t know for the better portion of my life that you could just buy the sauce at the store and put it on whatever the heck you want. I would venture to call this information life changing.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Bold, healthy & insanely easy!

You see, while I often (read: most of the time) crave buffalo sauce, I practically never crave fried chicken. I know, I know, a lot of people do, but it’s just not my thing. Kinda like I don’t get what the big deal is about mashed potatoes. I mean, I love butter and cream as much as the next girl, but white potatoes are pretty flavorless, and I’d rather just eat the butter on a piece of toast.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Bold, healthy & insanely easy!

I think it’s been pretty clear on this blog that I am all about bold, hit you in the face, stand out in a crowd kind of flavors. I don’t have one of those “sensitive pallets” that enjoys just a hint of spice. I have a heavy hand, and I almost never say things like “The flavors were over powering. I wish it had less spice.”

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Bold, healthy & insanely easy!

My other love and probably favorite ingredient ever? SWEET POTATOES. I must have something like 20 sweet potato recipes on here, and I eat them multiple times per week on a regular basis. I love stuffing them with lean protein and bold flavors for a healthy, delicious and FUN dinner option that’s easy to put together any night of the week, and this is definitely one of my favorites!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 potato

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy, healthy dinner that pack a powerful punch of flavor! With practically no prep work, they will change your mind on the ease of healthy eating.

Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons buffalo sauce (I recommend Frank's Red Hot)
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 ounces chicken breast, cooked shredded
  • 2 ounces freshly crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Use a fork to poke several holes into sweet potatoes. Brush each sweet potato with approx 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle to coat lightly with sea salt. Roast until fork tender (meaning a fork easily slides right into the sweet potato), about 45-60 minutes depending on size of your potatoes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, buffalo sauce and yogurt. Slice cooked sweet potatoes down the middle leaving about an inch uncut. Stuff each potato with 1/4 of the buffalo chicken, then top with goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

To reduce cooking time, heat sweet potatoes in the microwave for 2-3 minutes before cooking. This usually reduces my cooking time to about 40 minutes.

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