From Episode 4 of The Flexible Life with Chante Phan & Family
In my digital TV series, The Flexible Life, I had the honor of spending the day with a woman named Chante Phan and her family.
While there were a couple of challenges we addressed together, such as practicing positive self-talk as a parent, the other was getting fast, healthy, homemade meals on the table.
Not to mention, doing so after a long day of work and running around from school to practice and everywhere in between. Sound familiar?
If you have young children (and Chante has two adorable ones), the other challenge can be finding anything other than pure sugar that they’ll willingly put into their little bodies.
Especially green things. As a mom of four, I’ve been down this road, well…four times, so I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.
Enter: delicious handmade veggie-filled beef burgers!
Without cliché, I can honestly say they’re something the whole family will love. Oh wait…Chante’s a vegetarian. 😉 Check out all the vegetarian recipes and blogs here.
Not only are these beef burgers quick and easy, but your kids will get a full serving of veggies without even knowing it. Who knows, you may even be able to get them to try a fresh cucumber salad on the side!
To see these meals in action, scroll down to see the veggie-filled beef burgers and head here to watch episode four of The Flexible Life with Chante & her family. For more sneakily-good-for-you recipes like these veggie-filled beef burgers, check-out my bestselling cookbook, Food You Want for the Life You Crave.
To making every veggie count,
Try these Quick, Easy, Veggie-Filled Beef Burgers
Sneakily good-for-you beef burgers
Adapted from Food You Want for the Life You Crave
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped mixed vegetables (e.g. combo of garlic, mushrooms, carrot, zucchini)
- 2 pounds lean or grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, grated or finely diced (use the food processor if you wish)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp sriracha sauce
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- oil spray, for pan or grill
Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor broiler.
Caramelize the vegetables: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped veggies, starting with the firmer ones first and adding the softer ones 5 or 6 minutes later. Cook, stirring frequently, until they are a rich brown in color and soft in texture, 10 to 15 minutes total. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, mix the beef, vegetables, onion, eggs, tamari, sriracha, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Divide the mixture into 8 round patties, and flatten them just slightly.
Arrange the burgers on the grill grate or in a greased broiler pan, and cook until lightly browned on the first side, 7 to 9 minutes. Flip the patties and cook for 4 to 6 minutes more, or until cooked to medium (with a light pink center).
Serve, if desired, on buns or lettuce leaves, with Sriracha Mayo, sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, and, yup, ketchup, if you like.