Lisa’s Kitchen: Burgers and Dogs
Before summer ends have one last cookout with Freedom Farms grass-fed beef, hot dogs and a variety of condiments.
It’s no secret that summer is a very busy time for my family and the farm. No matter how hectic our schedules become, we know how important it is to fuel your body with good, wholesome food and family time. My family likes to get together for dinners at my house on Monday nights. After a long day of working in the hot sun, sometimes the last thing you want to do is spend tons of time in a warm kitchen before relaxing with your kids. That’s why this month, I wanted to share with you a simple, low-stress meal featuring a few summer classics that everyone is sure to love – hot dogs and burgers. I’ve also added a twist and am sharing a new recipe of mine, an heirloom tomato and grilled corn salad that is bursting with flavor. Hope you enjoy!
The Classic Burger
This is a classic summertime staple for us. And of course, our beef makes all the difference. No antibiotics added means that our burgers are not only the best-tasting, but also the healthiest you will find. We carry beef patties and loose ground beef for retail. Some people shy away from our meat because it is frozen. I get a lot of customers that ask me why we don’t have fresh meat, only frozen. But our meat is the freshest you’ll find. We butcher, cut, and freeze it immediately to ensure that it stays fresh. You can go to the grocery store for meat that isn’t frozen, but you have no idea how long it’s been sitting out. Don’t let the fact that our meat is frozen scare you away. It only takes ten minutes in warm tap water to thaw a pound of meat and it will be as delicious as ever. Our burger is one of Benny’s favorites!
Recipe: yields: 6 burgers
You will need:
1 ½ lb of Freedom Farms grass-fed ground beef
1 jar of Lisa’s Hot Pepper Mustard
1 ripe tomato; washed and sliced
1 head of lettuce; washed, cut into pieces
1 red onion; peeled and sliced
6 hamburger buns
Defrost beef and put into a bowl. Portion 6 equal pieces and form meat into balls. Then, carefully press each ball into an even patty about 5 inches in diameter with a small indent in the center of each one ( the thinner center helps the burger cook evenly and doesn’t allow the burger to shrink in size when cooked)
Prepare your grill by brushing and rubbing down with a little vegetable oil. Then, set to a medium-high temperature.
Toast each bun on the grill first to prepare for the patties. Then, place each ground beef patty on the grill. Carefully, flip the patties after 5 minutes and then cook to your prefered temperature.
Add each burger to a bun and build your burger with fresh vegetables and condiments.
Sweet and Spicy Dog
There is a huge difference between our hot dogs and traditional store-bought ones. I’m someone that would never eat a hot dog. When we started making our brand, Joe forced me to try one. I liked it so much I had another one for breakfast the next morning. Just like the hamburgers, the fact that our meat is completely free of antibiotics just makes the taste that much better. We sell a number of condiments for our hot dogs on our online store, but I personally like the Last of the Garden. It can be used as a dip or a spread and it’s just a sweeter version of my Hot Pepper Mustard. It literally is all the products leftover in the garden mixed together and made into a spread. You can also add more mayo to it for extra flavor.
Freedom Farms carries original, cheese, and jalapeno cheese hot dogs for retail at our home Farmers Market, as well as our traveling markets. We also offer many different condiments for them at our market and online. Some of those condiments include mustard pickles, bread and butter pickles, sweet fire bread and butter pickles, seven day sweet pickles, dilly beans, pickled garlic, sweet pepper relish, piccalilli, and of course our hot pepper mustard.
Recipe: yields: 6 Hot Dogs
You will need:
1 pack of Jalapeno and Cheese Hot Dogs
1 pack of hot dog buns
1 jar Sweet Fire Bread and Butter Pickles
1 jar Last of the Garden
Defrost hot dogs and grill on medium heat until crispy.
Place hot dog in bun, add a generous amount of Last of the Garden and Sweet Fire Bread and Butter Pickles.