Grass Fed Beef-Chorizo Burgers
Sweet summertime is here and the back yard barbecues are in full swing. If you’re looking to eat healthier without feeling like you have to give up the weekend activities you love- you’ll love this Ground Beef- Chorizo Burger recipe from the Paleo meal plan by eMeals.
The thing that makes this recipe healthier than the typical burger is that it calls for grass fed beef. “But beef is bad, right?” you ask… Not necessarily, you see beef got a bad rap for being high in saturated fat. Your typical store bought beef comes from cows that live in cramped quarters, eat a diet heavy in corn and soy, and are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones to deal with all of the issues that come from these terrible living conditions. Grass fed beef on the other hand comes from real cows that roam pastures and eat grass, like cows are suppose to. The better living conditions make for a healthier animal with less stress hormones and drugs running through there veins which translates to healthier beef for you to consume.
3 Reasons to switch to Grass Fed Beef
CLA or conjugated linoleum acid is a type of healthy fat that is naturally found in milk and meat products. CLA acts as an antioxidant and can help protect against heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Grass fed beef contains 2-3 times more CLA than grain feed beef. More reading on grass fed beef here.
#2 Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3s are the healthy fats that fish oil is so well known for. These fats help to decrease inflammation in the body which will help with everything from weight management to decreasing your risk for Alzheimers disease. Grass fed beef has 2-4 times more omega 3 fatty acids than conventional beef. Read more about Omega 3s and grass feed products here.
#3 Vitamins and Minerals
Grass fed beef is also loaded with B vitamins, Vitamin D and Iron, all of which help to support overall health.
Ready to make the switch but don’t know where to find grass fed products in your area? Check out eatwild.com to find local farmers and markets near you.
Grass Fed Beef-Chorizo Burgers
1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef
1/4 lb raw chorizo sausage (or use grass-fed ground beef)
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Curly leaf lettuce
1 large tomato, thickly sliced
Small dill pickles (optional)
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine ground beef, chorizo, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl; mix just until blended. Shape beef mixture into 2 patties. Place on a grill rack rubbed with oil. Grill 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done. Assemble burgers with lettuce leaves, patties and tomatoes (as the bun). Garnish with pickles, if desired. Serve with knife and fork.
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