This post is sponsored by Albertsons.
With this beautiful sunshine comes the heat, and the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m trying to focus more on being outside with the boys and enjoying the summer. Last week I said “yes” to his request for a picnic outside for dinner and it was just awesome. Dad was out of town, it was hot, and I had no energy left to make a big meal.
I honestly don’t remember what it even exactly was, just that I let H decide, and it ended up being a random smorgasbord of pantry and fridge contents, including a giant bowl of grapes. But I do remember eating (salami maybe?) out on our back deck, and the huge smile on H’s face. He just kept telling me how cool it was and “hey mom, dad really missed out, huh?”.
Yes, dinner definitely took a little longer than normal. But that’s why I started it early, too. There were crumbs all over the place by the time we were done, but all I needed to do was sweep them away. It was just a really really fun night, and both the boys were so exhausted after dinner that they practically were practically snoring by the time their heads hit the pillows.
That’s what Summer’s about:
These easy moments of goodness. Those little times that you get caught off guard by the pure joy.
For this dinner with my dudes, H has requested burgers and cheese. Thanks to the recent tzatziki-kick my husband has been on, the first thing that popped into my head was doing some type of Greek/gyro style burger recipe. My husband and I randomly made feta burgers one night, right before we were married. Seven plus years down the road and we’re still enjoying them now!
The most important choice in making a burger, 100% is the meat you use. I like an 85/15 ratio for my ground beef. In particular, Open Nature®’s Grass Fed 85% Lean Ground Beef 15% Fat is a flavorful, well-made protein. And the perfect star of this easy summer dinner idea. It’s just the perfect amount of juicy and has so much more flavor.
Open Nature, available in my area exclusively at Albertsons stores.
Open Nature offers high-quality foods and lifestyle products at a budget-friendly price. Their products are minimally processed and guarantee their quality and your satisfaction, or your money back! Yes, a lot of Grocers have their own store brands, but Open Nature is different.
How? Their meats are USDA defined natural meats. All of their foods are non-GMO and minimally processed, free from artificial ingredients and chemical additives, and offer Responsible Choice Seafood. Between Open Nature’s offerings of food, health, self-care and household needs offerings, there is a wide variety of over 500+ products at a lower price. Open Nature is committed to spreading the goodness that comes when we live cleaner and feel better.
You guys know my ‘diet’ is pretty strict. And because I haven’t been abiding by it the last few months, my body is hurting. So, starting this week I went back to my no gluten, etc, and I’m so ready to start feeling good again and detox my body from all the junk. I’m paying more attention to ingredients and nutrition labels again, I’m trying to stick with a cleaner diet, and I’m trying to make sure it’s something I can cook up quickly.
These Greek-inspired burgers with tzatziki sauce are gluten-free, and a really delicious way to enjoy a summer evening.
Greek Inspired Feta Burgers Recipe:
- 1lb Open Nature®'s Grass Fed 85% Lean Ground Beef 15% Fat
- 1 Open Nature's Cage Free Brown Large Grade A Egg
- 1/2+ cup feta cheese
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Pepperoncini peppers
- Additional Feta for topping
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Heat large frying pan to medium heat. Form burger patties and set aside. Spray pan with oil to prevent from sticking. Cook for 4 minutes, covered, on one side. Flip patties and turn down heat a little. Cover pan again and cook another 5-7 minutes, or until burgers are cooked through. Remove from pan, and let cool a little.
- Serve with more feta, pepperoncini peppers, and tzatziki sauce and a Greek salad on the side. Other Greek burger toppings include spinach, avocado and tomato!
Easy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe:
- 1 cup Open Nature Plain nonfat Greek Yogurt Strained
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs dill
- Kosher salt
- Black Pepper
- Mix together yogurt, lemon juice, and dill. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill.
- Start with a little less lemon juice, and taste as you go! If you have the extra time and ingredients, I highly recommend adding 1-2 cloves of minced garlic. And if you really want to do something special, try grating a cucumber and mixing it into the tzatziki!
My mom spoiled me when she got chickens. It was like eggs had a whole new taste. Unfortunately, no more eggs for me so I’ve been on the hunt for the best tasting grocery store eggs that aren’t a fortune. Open Nature’s Cage Free Brown Large Grade A Eggs are the closest I have gotten. They have a rich taste, and I appreciate they’re cage-free eggs. I also really really like the fact that they’re certified humane.
Summer is full of goodness. The sunshine, the playing in the pool all day, spending all day outside, making popsicles, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, and hopefully getting a little rest and relaxation in somewhere. These burgers made with Open Nature Grass Fed Ground Beef are the perfect pre-S’mores dinner. And taste even better when eaten outside with your family.
Enjoy goodness with Open Nature this Summer!
I buy my Open Nature products at my local Albertsons, and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Everything from granola bars for my Preschooler, to dish soap in the kitchen and grain free dog food for our Pit Bull, Clyde! Visit Albertsons.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas.