4th of July Burgers 

Growing up in Wisconsin our 4th of July celebrations almost always meant grilling out at the park or in our back yard. The smell of grill smoke is part of my memories of summer days with family and friends. 

As a kid I never really liked the burgers my parents made. My dad made a meatloaf style burger and likes his burgers very thick. He would add onion, egg, and crackers to the meat and roll up a thick 1/3 lb burger.  I would often choose a hotdog over a burger. 

A few years ago I discovered this homemade Umami burger recipe and ever since then I have loved grilling my own burgers. Here’s our adaptation for four 1/4 lb burgers:

1lb lean ground beef

1 Tablespoons Fish Sauce

2 cloves Crushed garlic 

1 teaspoon Sugar

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Mix it all together by hand, let sit at least 30 mins. Shape into four patties. Grill at 400 degrees for about five mins on each side depending on the thickness and desired doneness. 


6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 4/Day 25

AM–Kashi pumpkin spice bar-1 serving–coffee @ 90 cals

coffee again @ LA Mill 0 cals

Snacks–carrots and celery and a mini v8–60 cals

Lunch–Forage Chicken salad with Pita chips and Cucumber Mint Limade–I really have no idea but I will guess 450 cals because of the mayo and the pita chips

3pm SNACK–Brown Cow Creamy Coffee Yogurt–160 cals

5pm–went to the gym earlier today to get it out of the way

7pm made a roast (Whole Foods, Grass Fed Beef) a serving about the size of my fist with grilled onions and quinoa for dinner so thats 150 for the beef, 35 for the onions and about 150 cals for 1/4 cup quinoa  for 335 cals. I also had a glass of red wine for another 150 cals making it a 1245 calorie day total.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 2, Day 2/Day 9


8:00AM Coffee with splash of milk and a Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bar–for a total of 160

12:30 Major craving for beef, so I decided to have steak tibs for lunch. I cooked them in the skillet with a drizzle of Worcestershire Sauce and some Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and pepper, so good! Its 180 cals for 4 oz serving–I had two servings for 360 cals…Sorry vegetarians

1:30 Bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup 120 cals

Its super super hot in LA this week–its 91 degrees in the house right now, so I am a little crazy to eat hot soup, but I really wanted it.  I also cant stand working on my laptop right now because it is so hot too.  I decided to leave the house and go sit in the A/C somewhere other than Starbucks, which I am so sick of, so I spent the afternoon in a lovely little cafe called “Caffe Late” on Wilshire.  It was lovely, I had iced black coffee with no milk @ 10 cals

3pm SNACK 1 serving of low fat cottage cheese 90 cals

5pm Snack –1 banana 105 cals

Went to the gym for an hour and a half at 6pm, got home around 8:45 and had a cup of rice and a cup of these delicious french lentils that I made last week–will share the recipe in a later post–for a total of 346 cals. I also had a small glass of white wine to wash it down for 100 cals making the day’s total 1291 calories.