Simple swaps for your next barbeque
Summertime officially ushers in grilling season.
There’s no better way to celebrate the warm weather than at a backyard barbeque. Whether you’re entertaining friends or cooking for your family, it’s easy to make healthful choices at your next summer soirée. When planning for an outdoor get-together, try better-for you alternatives to traditional grilling fare. For example, serve fresh, seasonal grilled vegetables instead of potato chips. Once you’ve fired up the grill, try veggie burgers as an alternative to meat. MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Veggie Burgers contain 57 percent less fat than regular ground beef.* So, it’s not a burger — it’s better!
Get your meatless barbeque started with an Alpine Burger. Or, if you’re looking for a burger with a bit of a twist, consider making these Garden Veggie Deluxe Burgers or Spicy Tex-Mex Pita Burgers.
Once you’re finished with the main course, grill pineapple and serve it over sherbet for dessert. These simple substitutions are so delicious, your family and friends are sure to leave your next backyard party satisfied. For more recipes and fun food ideas, visit www.morningstarfarms.com.
*Regular ground beef contains 14g total fat per 64g serving. Grillers Original contain 6g fat per 64g serving.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Time to Table: 25 minutes
3/4 cup sweet onions, sliced
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 MorningStar Farms Grillers Original Burger
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard or Dijon Mustard
1 slice multigrain or whole wheat bread, toasted
1/3 cup baby arugula
1 tablespoon Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese, shredded
In large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook onions, covered, over medium-low heat for 16 to 20 minutes or until onions are very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms and garlic. Cook over medium heat, covered, for 4 to 6 minutes or until onions begin to brown and mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, cook veggie burgers according to package directions.
Spread mustard on one side of bread slice. Top with arugula (if desired). Place burger on arugula. Spoon onion mixture over burger. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Spicy Tex-Mex Pita Burgers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Time to Table: 20 minutes
2 MorningStar Farms Spicy
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
1 cup baby romaine lettuce or torn romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, chopped
4 tablespoons tomato salsa
1 whole-wheat pita bread round
4 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese with jalapeño peppers or Monterey Jack cheese with
10 baked tortilla chips (optional)
Cook burgers according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, toss together lettuce, mayonnaise, and cilantro until lettuce is evenly coated. In another bowl, stir together avocado and salsa.
Cut pita bread across middle in half. Fill each half with lettuce mixture. Insert burgers. Add cheese and avocado mixture. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.
Garden Veggie Deluxe Burgers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Time to Table: 25 minutes
2 MorningStar Farms Garden
Veggie Patties Veggie Burgers
2 slices (1 1/2 ounces total)
2 tablespoons reduced-fat
mayonnaise or regular
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
2 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
2 slices tomato
2 slices red onion
4 rings green or red bell pepper
Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
for garnish (optional)
Cook burgers according to package directions. Top hot burgers with cheese slices. Let stand until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and curry powder. Spread on bun bottoms. Top with burgers, tomato, red onion and bell pepper. Top with parsley leaves, if you like, and bunTops