The unofficial start to summer is just around the corner as Canadians celebrate what’s colloquially known as The May Two/Four and as Americans celebrate Memorial Day.
Nothing heralds the start of summer so much as a beautifully grilled burger enjoyed in your own backyard. Fragrant and loaded with crisp lettuce and sliced tomato, not to mention mouth-watering barbecue sauce, the burger IS summer.
With backyards being pretty much the only place lockdown weary folks can go, upping your burger game is crucial to your “at-home celebrations.”
I’ve partnered with truLOCAL to create the most delicious burgers and backyard fun.
HINT: it’s my birthday month and guess what I’ll be celebrating with?
Read on if you’re curious.
Backyard BBQ Burgers
Every year my children ask me what meal I want to eat to celebrate my birthday. That wonderful day 😉 happens to fall on the first long weekend in May – Victoria Day – which for Canadians 🇨🇦 also marks the unofficial start to summer. For Americans, 🇺🇸 your unofficial start to summer falls on May 28th – Memorial Day.
Every year I answer the same way. I say I don’t want any fuss and I want grilled hamburgers with all the sides – corn on the cob, potato salad, Greek salad, and loads of toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles.
Someone fires up the grill. Others prepare the salads and toppings and we gather over a glass of wine to share this simple but delicious meal. It’s all I need.
This year, like last year, however, was clouded by COVID. It has become impossible to gather thanks to social distancing regulations and lockdowns. I’m in an area where we’ve been in lockdown for over 140 days and counting!
What will any celebrations look like this summer?
Your backyard BBQ to the rescue!
Your backyard or someone else’s has become your safe haven. Social distancing and lockdowns have become normalized despite our craving for human connection so playing in your own backyard is looking pretty darned awesome right now.
With any luck, we will be able to celebrate outside at my overlong picnic table with my craved-for burgers because nothing is as iconic to a backyard grilling session as burgers and delicious sides. And also because my son-in-law will do all the grilling. 😉
I’m requesting exactly this for my upcoming big day. You’re invited too!
Where do you get your burgers?
Many factors go into making an over-the-top delicious burger. The first of these being the source and quality of the meat. Where do you get your burgers?
Eating Clean and the Clean Living lifestyle have advocated, since the beginning almost 20 years ago, that clean food needs to be well-sourced. You need to know where your food comes from and what has been “done” to it before it goes in your mouth.
This matters! Protein from animal sources is particularly important because so much meat has been perverted with hormones, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and foods that these animals otherwise do not eat. Did you know, for example, that cows don’t eat corn? They prefer grass. So range-free, grass-fed animals are generally happier and healthier for your consumption.
Since it’s not as simple as buying a box of meat from questionable sources or of dubious quality, I’ve discovered the excellence of truLOCAL, a Canadian company first featured on the Dragon’s Den with an ambitious idea to provide clean, well-sourced, free- run protein sources from local suppliers.
truLOCAL’s Dragon’s Den appearance catapulted them into success and now you can get a custom curated box of high-quality meats, poultry, seafood, and game anywhere in Canada and some parts of the US.
Enjoying clean and well-sourced burgers has never been easier.
Custom Curated Eat Clean truLOCAL Box
In honour of my upcoming birthday, the unofficial start to summer, and dash to the outdoors, I’ve created 3 custom curated truLOCAL boxes. No need to worry about what to order. Select your box, whether it’s all grilling all the time, traditional favourites, or land and sea, your shopping is effortless.
Discover truLOCAL meats for yourself. It’s as easy as selecting delicious beef, salmon, or chicken burgers, or one of the 3 boxes I’ve curated and you’re good to go.
Enjoy the summer with Eat Clean approved burgers and cheers to you!
Love and light,
- 1 package truLOCAL Burgers of your choice (chicken, salmon, beef, buffalo, grass fed and finished beef, rosemary garlic lamb, or turkey)
- 4 buns (there are 4 burgers per package)
- 1 recipe All-Purpose Eat Clean BBQ Sauce
- Heat grill to high.
- Place patties on the hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to a cooler part of grill; continue grilling until desired doneness, 4 to 8 minutes per side.
- Split the hamburger buns and toast on the grill if you like; place a burger on each bun and serve with the desired accompaniments.*
Here’s another truLOCAL recipe you can add to your Backyard BBQ Menu: