A (healthy) burger recipe that your kids will love

Well BBQ weather is officially upon us (early) in California! If you can believe it, it’s going to be 81 degrees today!

So in honor of the amazing weather, I thought I’d post one of my favorite (and easy) BBQ recipes:

Actually, it’s Sam’s recipe, but he shared it with me. He and his wife Michelle are our neighbors, friends, and they’re great cooks too. (He makes that awesome Greek soup I told you about a while ago).

So without further delay: everyone, this is Sam and his BBQ…

And here’s his great recipe:

Sam’s (Healthy) Burgers That Your Kids Will Love

Let’s just start off and say: I love how his burgers include zucchini!

(Mike and I made these burgers for the kids a few times and they didn’t know there were vegetables in them until after we told them. It was great!…)

-2 lbs lean ground meat (either sirloin or white turkey)
-2 whole fresh zucchini (that you will grate with your cheese grater)
-1 yellow onion, diced
-2 to 3 garlic cloves, diced
-1 pkg dried Lipton onion soup mix
-1 to 1.5 cups grated cheese Mix ingredients well and make patties.

Sam makes large patties for the adults and kid-sized ones for the kids. Place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on BBQ and spray with cooking spray. Cook on high for about 5 min then flip for another 5. With this foil technique you will avoid the burgers breaking apart as well as flare-ups on the grill. Yet, you still end up with all that BBQ flavor.

The last important step: place burgers on a platter and cover with foil. This ensures they are, “extra juicy and flavorful.”

According to Sam, your kids will love these burgers and your neighbors (that would be me) will smell the BBQ goodness all the way from the end of the court! Both true. :)

Have fun if you are enjoying this amazing weather too, and get those BBQs out! 


  1. Looks like a yummy recipe!
    I must admit…this Minnesota girl is envious of your 81-degree grilling-weather! Oh how I wish this white stuff blanketing the ground here was white sandy beach instead of cold, white snow!
    You’re post made me giggle a little. Because of how the sun shines it has melted the snow on our deck. I mentioned to Scott the other day how I’m looking forward to being able to grill again. He said, “It’s grilling weather now! We can grill…deck is clear!” In our neck of the woods, grilling weather is anything above freezing!
    Wishing you a beautiful…peaceFULLYsimple…day!

    1. I love Scott’s perspective, lol! :) So nice to hear from you, my friend.

      1. He has bundled up and grilled TWICE already! Even though it was cold, tt was near “heaven” for him and he was almost giddy at seeing the flames and smoke. :)

  2. I am always try to provide healthy and energetic food to my kids. Because as a parents it’s our duty to serve better foods to our kids. So your above article is really informative for me.Any kind of burger is favorite for kids. If it is healthy for our kids we should provide this to our kids. My kids are very much happy to eat this yummy food.

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