Burgers are a perfect reason to fire up the grill. Whether you like vegetarian or beef these two recipes will show off your creative cooking skills.

Kimchi Burgers

1 ½ pounds Grassland Farms ground beef, shaped into 4 patties

¼ tsp. fine sea salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

4 Heidelberg hamburger buns

1/2 cup prepared local kimchi from MacDonald Farms or Crooked Carrot, at room temperature

4 slices cheddar cheese, optional lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, if you like. Mix a little bit of the kimchi liquid with the mayonnaise for extra flavor.

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat cooking. Season burgers all over with salt and pepper. Grill burgers, flipping halfway until cooked to your liking, about 8 to 12 minutes. During the last few minutes of cooking, top each burger with a slice of cheese. Arrange lettuce and tomatoes on the bottom half of each bun and then top with burgers, and kimchi, and serve immediately.

 

Black Bean and Rice Burgers (Vegan)

1 ½ cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup cooked brown rice

½ cup quick oats

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2Tbsp. water

2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup red onion, minced

1/2 cup grated sweet potato

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1-2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, for cooking

Place the beans into a medium-sized bowl. Using a potato masher or large spoon, mash beans to a coarse paste. Add the remaining ingredients (except the breadcrumbs and oil) and mix well. If the mixture is dry, add a little more water until mixture binds together. Shape the sticky bean mixture it into four large patties. Coat both sides of the patties in the breadcrumbs and set aside. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, and fry patties 1-2 minutes on each side until very crisp and brown.

Recipe by Hilah Johnson, also available at StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop