Pre-Game Meal

There’s not doubt about it, Michael and I are total foodies.  We love wholesome food with lots of flavor and that’s exactly what this dish entails.  Most nights, we eat the food that Michael brings back from the field prepared by the team’s chef.  He is very talented and it does make life easier to not have to worry about dinner some nights.  But there’s something about making your own food and cooking it just the way you like it.  For us, we like to use as many fresh ingredients as we can.  In my opinion, it does make a big difference.

Luckily for us, we know when Michael is going to pitch; usually every 5 days because he is a starting pitcher.  Nights before his start, I stay home with the babies and get to work in the kitchen.

I love looking at all the ingredients I have and creating something unusual, like this burger.  Are you ready?? This is a goat cheese stuffed burger topped with glazed balsamic, caramelized onions and homemade guac.  If you like all those things, you have to try this out.



  • 1 lb of ground grass-fed sirloin
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion chopped
  • Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • salt / pepper to taste
  • goat cheese – I only had crumbed but would be easier with log slices

* If I had Worcestershire sauce I would have used that to marinate the meat


  • balsamic glaze , I use this one from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/4 yellow onion sliced
  • 1 pack of Sugar in the Raw for caramelizing
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lime
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste


  1. Cut yellow onion in half then dice 1/4 and slice 1/4
  2. Season the meat in a separate bowl with all burger ingredients except goat cheese, add 1/4 of diced onion and refrigerate for 30 mins
  3. While the meat is marinating you can make your guacamole. Chop red onion and cilantro. Mash avocados with fork in a bowl and combine chopped ingredients. Roll lime out then cut in half and squeeze juice. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Sauté sliced yellow onion in skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Add sugar and let cook for 20 mins or so.  I like mine crispy.
  5. Make 4 slider like sized patties with the ground meat.  Add goat cheese on top and combine 2 patties so cheese is stuffed in the middle without showing.
  6. Cook on medium-high heat for 4-5 mins with lid on, flip and continue to cook 2-3 minutes for medium, or until done as desired.
  7. Remove from heat. Drizzle balsamic, top caramelized onions and guac!!!

We did without the buns and kept this meal lean and mean.  I steamed broccolini for a few minutes and just added cracked pepper.  Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and gai-lan, Chinese broccoli. Same nutritional content but we prefer broccolini, better texture, sweeter taste and the long stalks get nice and tender.

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Let me know if you try it out and what you think!


Lotus + Grace