Put that Burger in a Bowl!

November 29, 2015

This is exactly how I discovered my new favorite Fun Friday Night meal, the Burger Bowl.

For years I stayed away from burgers because I felt that burgers were ‘junk food,’ and therefore no longer part of my clean eating practice.  I tried the processed, ‘healthy’ burgers only to be disappointed with the taste and shocked by what was included on the ingredient list.  Also I didn’t particularly enjoy eating my burger between two leaves of kale or with a knife and fork.  It just wasn’t the same as a warm, toasted hamburger bun.  The gluten-free versions available in the grocery store offered only a tasteless, preservative-filled alternative. When I began to make my own burgers, and fell in love with this Doctor Yum’s Black Bean Burger, I knew that I wanted to have the fun of the burger back too.  After all, food is fun!  Or it should be.  And of course there’s the issue of the bun.  How could I have all my delicious toppings, avocado, pickles, tomatoes, baby spinach, tzatziki, hummus, salsa, caramelized onions, or onions and still pick up my burger?

That’s when my Burger Bowl was born.  A few nights ago, I happen to put my black bean burgers in the first dish I found, a bowl.  Then I added some cheese, some slices of avocado, baby spinach and diced cherry tomatoes.  Viola!  A Burger Bowl!   

My first Burger Bowl, I admit, was tame.  Now I go all out with salsa and roasted red pepper, blue cheese and roasted (until crunchy) baby red, purple and white potatoes.  I also love to try different homemade burgers like the Black Bean & Quinoa Burger of The Foodie Physician.  My Caveman makes his own beef burgers or buys them pre-made at our local butcher, Olde Town Butcher.

That’s the beauty of burger bowls.  Everyone can have the burger and toppings of their choice.  It’s a perfect choice for a party or family gathering.