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Burgers: Summer Cooking

Did you clean your grill for the season? If not, get to it soon. (Or maybe your oven needs cleaning.) It is National Hamburger Month!

3 Tips for Food Safety

1. Cook to Temperature. Hamburgers made with beef, pork, or other red meats need to reach an internal temperature of 160°F. Those made with chicken, turkey, or other poultry need to reach 165°F. Invest in (and use) a food thermometer to be sure.

2. Use Fresh Meat in Time. After buying ground meat, use with 1-2 days or freeze for future use. You may notice ground meat start to turn brown on the surface or on the inside. This color difference inside the meat suggests it has not been exposed to oxygen yet, and may not mean spoilage.
3. Do Not Cross-Contaminate. When you place raw meat or raw patties on a plate and use tongs or another utensil to move patties to the grill or stove, be sure to use clean plates and tongs to touch cooked burgers. Do not use the ones that touched raw meat (or wash them first).

Local Beef

Want to support local beef?  Check out these farms:

  • Brown & Brown Farms (Macon County)

Recipes to Try

Beef Burger and Vegetable Dinner (serves 4)

1 lb lean ground beef, formed into 4 patties
4 medium potatoes, cut into quarters
4 small carrots, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Place meat patties in an aluminum pan or on aluminum foil.
2. Arrange vegetables around meat patties and season with salt and pepper.
3. If using aluminum pan: cover pan with aluminum foil.
4. If using aluminum foil: close foil by bringing the four corners of the foil up together in a pyramid shape. Fold open edges together.
5. Place on grill and cook 1 hour or until hamburgers are thoroughly cooked.

Tip: To cook in an oven, preheat to 350°F. Place burgers and vegetables in a 13-in by 9-in baking pan. Cover with foil and cook 60 minutes or until cooked through.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 410 calories, 12g fat, 125mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 28g protein

Source: University of Illinois Extension, Let's Eat for Health, Illinois!, Beef Burger and Vegetable Dinner

Today's post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying new foods, gaining confidence in healthy eating, and getting back into our kitchens.

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