The Twin Cities area is finally on the cusp of summer, and as the weather heats up, so do our grills. Though International Burger Day has come and gone (May 28), there’s every reason to keep grilling up patties to celebrate the season! Try the below burger recipes using meats and more from local Community Foods producers, or use them as inspiration for your own creations.
With a few staple seasonings, this recipe is sure to deliver a juicy and flavorful burger. Ground beef is classic, but also try making them with Wild Acres fresh ground turkey sourced from Pequot Lakes, Minn. The small-scale operation at Wild Acres strives to provide the freshest local farm-direct poultry, while caring for its birds with an eye to comfortability, ample space to roam, and regular health monitoring. Read more about Wild Acres here, and get the recipe here.
Looking for another alternative to beef? Try these lamb burgers with tzatziki sauce. The richness of the lamb is complimented deliciously by the tanginess of the tzatziki, making for a hearty yet un-put-down-able burger. With ground lamb from The Lamb Shoppe, you’re certain get to high-quality, grass-fed lamb raised with a holistic approach that fosters an environment where both land and animals flourish. Read about Hutchinson, Minn.-based Lamb Shoppe here, and get the recipe for lamb burgers with tzatziki sauce here.
A few simple ingredients make this burger a frontrunner for an International Burger Day meal. With the sweet taste of fresh basil and a topping of sautéed mushrooms, this pork burger is superb. Use Peterson Craftsman Meats ground pork and support local, small-scale, sustainable family farms. Free-raised and grazed, the Petersons’ livestock are heritage-bred with a focus on quality, animal care, and environmental stewardship. Read more about Peterson Craftsman Meats here, and get the recipe for basil pork burgers here.
For those craving a meat-free option to celebrate International Burger Day, easy black bean burgers are a perfect choice. With cumin, cayenne, bell peppers, and green onion, these veggie burgers pack in the flavor without turning up the difficulty. Use cooked black beans from the Seward Co-op Deli for a local, small-scale, and cooperatively made meal. Add on your favorite toppings, like microgreens from Minnesota farmers, for a tailor-made summer sandwich. Get the recipe here.