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Jalapeno Burgers

Jalapeno Burgers

IMG_7435Michael has been longing to make burgers from scratch. I went to the store and picked up the ingredients to come home and be told he did not want turkey but hamburger meat. He is an extremely visionary man and wants what he sees. I must embrace this about my husband as his food visions are always very delicious and must be followed by the imaginary picture inside his head. I headed back to the store again and was quite pleased a couple hours later with his masterpiece.

Michael’s step dad came to embark on this glorious dinner and brought fresh tomatoes from his garden. Fresh vegetables simply make everything taste better. This fresh jalapeno burger with tomatoes literally was mouthwatering.


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 8 oz Gorgonzola Crumbles
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp Teryiaki Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Montreal Seasoning
  • 4 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 4 slices pastrami


  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Munster Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Mayonnaise (optional)

In a large bowl combine ground beef, Gorgonzola, Worcestershire garlic salt, jalapenos, teryiaki and montreal seasoning together. Mix together with your hands. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours (you do not need to refrigerate the meat but this helps the flavors soak in).


After three hours, form meat into 6 patties and toss onto the barbecue.


Meanwhile, while the burgers are cooking, fan fry the pastrami until lightly fried. Top with pastrami and cheese and allow to melt. IMG_7428Prepare your toppings and compile your burger.


Be prepared to be wowed and watch the juices flow. The jalapenos make this burger incredible and not too spicy. OH-MY-GOODNESS, makes me want one right now!


Served with sweet potato fries and a fresh cut green salad.

Sloppy Joes-Bagel Style

Sloppy Joes-Bagel Style

I must give credit to my beautiful mama. She always has the best dinner ideas when I fail to let my mind come up with…well anything. I have many days where coming up with a dinner “idea” is challenging for me. Those are also the days I love to sleep in, lay in pj’s all day and watch romantic movies and not clean an item in my house. :)

Anyway, my mom brought this idea to the table and we devoured it. It was so delicious and a quick last minute option.

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Sloppy Joes used to be my nemesis when I was younger. For some reason they scared me to death and looked like meat out of a can almost like spam. Who wants meat from a can with the name “sloppy”? You get my drift, I must have been caught up on the name for years. The name itself is entirely unappealing. Who want’s ‘Sloppy’ and a Joe in their dinner? Lets be real here, how did this name even come to fruition?

But through time, a lot of time, I sure learned that you can spice up the flavor and make it taste like a delicious spaghetti sandwich without the pasta. It is wonderfully flavored and easy eating, well not so much in the sense of the “sloppiness” but more in the full-flavor making it easy. Make sense? Good, lets move on.


  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 Spoonful Brown Sugar
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard

In a large sauce pan begin cooking the turkey, minced garlic and onion. Add in chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic salt, coriander and water.

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Allow to simmer until the meat is fully browned.

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Once the meat is cooked, add in the tomato sauce and brown sugar.

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Keep at a low simmer and add in mustard and ketchup.

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Once everything is stirred in, allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Meanwhile butter your bagel and sprinkle with garlic salt. Toast in a toaster oven and top with Sloppy Joe mix. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Sloppy Joes 6You can also serve upon a non-freezer-burned Ciabatta roll.

Let’s set the mood.

Originally these sloppy joes were to be served upon a nice garlic toasted ciabatta roll. Once toasted and ready to devour, I about lost my cookies with one single bite that made it directly back out of my mouth and into the sink. I had not eaten cookies, but it was that bad, my tummy was about to lose cookies that hadn’t even been eat. Yes it was that bad. It was horrible, so horrible!

Out it came and on with the better idea to stack it with a bagel.

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I’ll try not to disgust you with my loosing-of-the-cookies next time I experience a horrific taste in my mouth!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Burger

Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Burger

First and foremost, lets talk about the pink decor. I know your gawking at the beautiful plates that you have failed to see the delicious burger that rests upon your fingertips. This plate is associated with out camping gear. We went camping and this delicious dinner sat rest on the presence of a wonderful bright-pink-plate. Yahoo!

These burgers my friends were amazing and by far the best camping burger that anyone would be impressed.



  • 4 Chicken Burgers
  • 4 Ciabatta Buns
  • Onion, sliced
  • Pickles, sliced
  • Lettuce

Buffalo Blue Cheese Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 cup Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce

In a small bowl, mix together Buffalo Blue Cheese Sauce. Set aside.

Cook chicken according to package instructions. I bought our from Costco. They are already cooked and needed to be grilled.

Toast bun and smoother on buffalo sauce and layer toppings.

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Be prepared to be wowed and devour.

Crunchy, flavorful and without too much spice = powerful!


I prepped everything before we left for camping so all that needed to take place was grilling the chicken burger, toasting buns and layering all the ingredients. It was actually really easy and a wonderful camping meal.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Music in the park tonight, yup that was music not movies. As we continually have this discussion all throughout summer about our movie dates we officially ended the movie phase last week and now have transitioned to music nights.

We decided we would continue our Thursday Date Night Park Night (boy was that a mouthful) with whatever decides to land itself in the park and tonight happens to be music.

I had a light bulb moment today while hashing out picnic ideas to myself and a brilliant idea hit–black bean burgers with a titch of spice. Before I get started, I must confess that this idea came to me only, I repeat only because I just made black beans last night. What was I making black beans for you may ask, I’m not entirely sure, they just sounded scrumptious. There was no heartfelt pondering as to what I should make for our dinner park date but that does not mean love is not genuinely wrapped tightly in my non-heartfelt idea. :)


First, let me just say that replacing lettuce for fresh green beans was by far the best idea I’ve had to date. I do not know how to express to you this transitional period in my life. Something about the sweet flavor of the beans along with the crunch lettuce holds, brought this sandwich to a WHOLE new level; unexplainable.

Now here are the magical ingredients for my delicious spicy black bean burgers–

Quantity = 4 burgers


  • 4 Ciabatta Buns
  • 2 Cups Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Beans, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Palm full Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4 Slices of Cheese


  • Spicy Spread (optional)
  • Fresh Green Beans (replacement for lettuce)
  • Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine oil, eggs, garlic, sea salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Mix well.


Add in black beans, quinoa, green beans, tomatoes and cilantro.


Add in cheese.


Use a 1 cup measuring cup and scoop onto a cookie sheet. Pat down to make flat.


Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and top with cheese slices.


Return to oven and heat until melted; 1-2 minutes.IMG_6705

Lets just say that the blue cheese crumbles melted within this giant black bean burger is to die for. You do not want to opt out of using blue cheese crumbles as this adds lots of flavor and pairs perfectly with the spicy spread.

Top your buns with a black bean burger, a large dollop of spicy spread, green beans and tomatoes. If you love the spicy spread as much as we do, fill each side of your bun with it as well. :)

IMG_6713This meal will knock your socks off guaranteed. Holy smokes you may want to call the fire department, it’s that sizzling good.

Veggie Burgers

What’s for dinner tonight? “woot woot” Homemade, decadent veggie burgers. These suckers are so easy and so full of flavor. I’ve made many different types of veggie burgers and some of them are time consuming and lacking flavor. These however, or quite tasty, super easy and you can make ahead of time AND even freeze them for later use. They make 12 large burgers, great for making a double batch to freeze for quick last minute meals.

As you know I enjoy a bit of a spice to my food. Easily omit the spice if you are one who prefers otherwise. :)


  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you prefer no spice)
  • 2 oz (½ can chopped chilies)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can hominy, drained
  • 1 can diced Italian tomatoes
  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Whole wheat buns
  • Toppings/condiments for burger

In a food processor toss spinach, carrots, red pepper, minced garlic, onion powder, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and chilies.


Puree until pretty chunky. (Depending on the size of your food processor you may be able to fit everything in at once. Mine it 8 cups and I still have to puree a bit to add the remainder of ingredients)

Add in parsley, cilantro, onions, hominy, and diced tomatoes. Puree until well blended.


In a large bowl, fold in rolled oats and flour. Mix well.



In a greased 9×13 pan form your patties and place 6 large burgers in the pan.


Bake at 450 for 25 minutes.

Broil for an additional 2-3 minutes to crisp them up a bit.


I made a chipotle mayo sauce:

  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
  • ½ tsp sriacha

*If freezing, allow to cool 100% before placing them into a Ziploc, airtight bag.



Served with onions, pickles, spinach, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo sauce (ingredients above)

Serve on homemade hamburger buns.