Grilled Peach and Balsamic Burgers

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Have you ever tried grilling fruit? This recipe uses grilled peaches, but pineapples are also delicious grilled. Try other fruits too like apples or bananas! They make a great snack, side or healthy dessert!

And always remember to be careful when grilling this summer! Grilling meats, chicken, and fish can form cancer causing compounds called HCAs and PAHs. Here’s a few tips to help limit these cancer causing agents in your food:

1. Swap out some meat for some fruits or veggies. Grilled fruits and vegetables form significantly less HCAs and PAHs.
2. Grill on a lower heat setting.  The more charred the meat is the more cancer-causing compounds it has. Try cooking it slower and flip more often to reduce charring.
3. Remove extra fat or skin before grilling. Excess fat can drip down into the grill and flare up, again causing the meat to char.
4. Marinating meat has been shown to significantly decrease the amount of cancer-causing compounds found in the meat. Acidic marinades have been shown to work best- try vinegar, orange juice, beer, wine, or lemon juice for at least 30 minutes.

Click here for more helpful grilling tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to keep you and your family safe from food borne illness this summer.

 

Ingredients

2 lbs pasture raised, grass fed, lean ground beef
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 peaches
1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. Simmer vinegar over low heat, stirring every few minutes until it reaches your desired thickness (about 35-40 minutes). *The reduction will also slightly thicken as it cools.
2. While the vinegar is cooking, core the peaches and slice into rounds for the grill. To do this, cut them in half horizontally and twist apart from the pit, then slice.
3. Mix the ground cardamom into the ground beef and shape into four evenly sized patties.
4. Grill peaches over high heat for about a minute on each side (or until you have visible grill marks).
5. Grill burgers to your liking.
6. Top each burger with 2-3 peach slices and drizzle some balsamic reduction on top, serve hot and enjoy!

Sami’s bakery makes a nice clean gluten free bun, however its not a dedicated facility if you are super sensitive.

 

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health