Friday, August 15, 2014


This week we had tons of family in town. They all came over for a little summer BBQ, which are the absolute best! Summer BBQ's are one of my favorite parts about summer. But, It wasn't your average BBQ. We took it up a few notches and came up with this yummy meal… (gourmet) Hamburgers, french fries, watermelon, baked beans, and s'mores. Everything was made from scratch and seriously mouth watering. 

My dad has a "secret" burger recipe he has been perfecting for years and it is killer! I can't even eat regular burgers since having these. So lucky for you, I am about to share this amazing "secret" family recipe with you. Oh and ps. they are actually healthy. A lot of times I think, girls especially think "Hamburgers are BAD". On the contrary these are loaded with protein and tons of veggies. 

"Secret" Hamburgers:

you'll need:
For the buns we use Rhodes Rolls (way better than a normal bun)--or lettuce if you don't want the carbs
Ground beef
White onions- sliced
mushrooms- sliced
Red, orange or yellow peppers- sliced
Teriyaki or soy sauce
Sea salt
steak seasoning

Method: You'll notice that there are no instructions as to how much of everything you need. Well, thats because we kind of just through it all in there depending on my much ground beef you have. You really cannot go wrong with your ratios. Once you cut all your veggies and mix them with the beef, crack 1-3 eggs in to hold your patty together. Then season and spice to your liking. Form the patties with your hands, gently pressing them together, then grill until no longer pink. Enjoy with your rhodes roll, mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, lettuce, and maybe even some avocado. 

Baked French Fries:

Potatoes (thinly sliced)
avocado oil 

Set oven to 400. Wash and slice the potatoes however thin or thick you would like, spread them on a pan covered in CRINKLED tin foil (helps to make the fries more crisp) making sure they are layered very thinly. Drizzle avocado oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. Place in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crisp. 

Homemade S'more cookies:

(makes about 12)

 you'll need:
2oz butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup superfine (caster) sugar-- I just used regular sugar
3/4 tablespoon gelatin powder
5oz. dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup powdered sugar


1. preheat oven to 325. Line baking tray with parchment paper

2. cream butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix well. fold in flour.

3. place mixture on a lightly floured surface and roll out into 1/4in thickness (just guess). Cut out circles with a 2 and 1/2 round biscuit cutter and place on the baking tray.

4. bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and cooked. cool on trays

5. meanwhile, combine superfine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan, then sprinkle in gelatin powder. stir over low heat until sugar and gelatin dissolve. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes. remove and cool.

6. when almost cold, pour mixture into a bowl, add remaining vanilla and beat with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes until very thick.. should look like marshmallow

7. spoon marshmallow mixture onto half of the biscuits. Top with remaining biscuit, pressing gently. Place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until marshmallow is firm. Remove from fridge, spread with melted chocolate and dust with powdered sugar.

8. Enjoy!

Xo Megs....

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