Burgers and Summery Strawberry Salad

Last week my wonderful friend Sam came to visit for some quality time together (and to see me model in a fashion show, who says 5’2 girls who loves food can’t be a model?). It was a beautiful weekend in Boston, with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s which totally put us in the mood for some great summer food.

While shopping Sam mentioned having once had a salad with strawberries in it that a friend made. I had my own salad with strawberries already in mind, and was so glad she had suggested it. We picked up what we needed for a delicious salad, and also got everything we’d need to make our own burgers and some corn on the cob. Perfect makings of a summery meal.

Something to note, when strawberries and corn are in season, they can be so cheap. I know I paid $4-$5 for a container of strawberries in the grocery store over the winter. Now they are about $1.50. Plus they are so yummy because they’re fresh and in season! Just another reason to buy fresh and local.

And we obviously stopped and got Sam Summer on the way home from the store. No summer grilling could be complete without it. There is nothing better than a Sam Summer on a hot day when it finally comes back out for the season.

So here’s two recipes for you. One for burgers and one for that Summery Strawberry Salad.

Burgers (makes four 1/4 lb patties)

  • 1 lb of ground beef (I used 93/7, which is leaner)
  • 2 tbsp minced onion (I used the dry kind, but you can actually chop up fresh onion)
  • Salt and pepper

yes, there's a Sam Summer in the background. no, I didn't use it in the burgers. but maybe i should next time...

This is super easy, you just can’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty (and when I say dirty, I mean covered in raw beef). Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix using your hands (or a utensil if you are completely anti putting your hands in the meat). Don’t overmix everything, it will make the meat tough, just until the onion, pepper and salt are distributed evenly.

pre-burger shaping

Now roll the meat into 4 balls. I just measured using the size of my palm. Each ball should be about 1/4 of a pound if you have a pound of meat (if you are doing more, you can actually weigh the meat or just eyeball it to make sure each patty will be about the same size). Then press each ball to flatten it into about 1/2 inch thickness (or however thick you’d like your burger).

Once they are patties, they are ready to grill! Cook them up the way you like and enjoy.

burgers are almost ready...

Summery Strawberry Salad

  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 container of strawberries
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

While your burgers are cooking you can whip up this salad. Wash and dry the spinach (I use a salad spinner which I LOVE) and add to a large bowl. Cut up 7-10 strawberries into quarters. Add the strawberries and crumbled goat cheese (as much as you’d like) to the spinach. Toss with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. Another optional thing to add would be some candied nuts, or just nuts in general. I’ve had this salad with almonds before and it’s very good, I just forgot to buy them at the store.

this salad = summer happiness

Now grab your burger (which we finished with cheddar cheese), your salad, and some corn on the cob (which I cooked by just boiling it for about 10 minutes). Cheers to a delicious and fresh summer meal!

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