Jalapeno Ranch Burgers

Good Monday Morning Lovelies!! I’m feeling fantastic and ready to crush this week. How about you? Are you still tackling the new year, new you with gusto? Kickin’ ass and taking names, crushing goals is the theme for my 2017.

On Saturday a group of friends and coworkers of mine started the Whole Life Challenge. This is my fourth round, and let me tell you there is quite a difference in pre round 1 Maria, and round 4 Maria. When I tell you that I understand making changes in your diet/nutrition, fitness, and life is hard, I know that from experience. I also know you will get better at it. It just takes time and persistence, which most things in life does. Plus, the right mindset. And each time my mindset is stronger.

I think a lot of that goes into understanding my nutrition, health and body in a way I didn’t know before. Just because I honestly, didn’t know better. And most of us don’t. We do what we’ve always done, and what we are around, and how the people we are around eat and do. We don’t spend a lot of time questioning our food choices.  Ignorance is bliss as the saying goes.

But once you do know more about the WHY, and you know you feel better, it’s easier to stay the course. It’s not about being perfect 110% of the time. It’s about being better than you were before, and making best choices the majority of the time. You are what you consistently do. If you consistently sit on the couch and eat potato chips, you will not have the body of your dreams. It’s just a sad fact of life. Not saying you can’t ever sit on the couch and eat chips. We all get to have a treat and relax from time to time. But it’s about being consistent in life with your health and wellness goals.

It’s about health not about being the sexiest woman alive. At least that’s how I feel about my health. My dad died in the middle of his life with a massive heart attack. There are heart issues in my family and there is diabetes too. And I know I can do my best to prevent that from happening to me by taking care of myself. To know that, and to not to care of it? It would be irresponsible of me. I have people that I love that I want to live a long life enjoying being with. I want my husband and future kids to not miss out on life with me.

That’s my motivation.  Pretty deep for a Monday, yes. There is tears in my eyes, but now that it is out there. I feel like my goals are even more concrete.

Love your people, and take care of yourself. Do it for you. Do it for them.

Now, on to the recipe! I promise its worth all that emotional stuff.

These burgers are heaven. They have a little jalapeno, and all the ranch flavor without having any ranch dressing. Not saying you can’t add that when you build your burger or burger salad. That would be delightful.

These were a breeze to whip up, and a party in your mouth of flavors. I put mine on top of a big ole salad, with Primal Kitchens Ranch Dressing. A dairy free, sugar free, avocado oil based dressing. While my husband created a normal burger with cheese and bread. Serve as you desire. I highly suggest avocado, and bell pepper for sure whether you do a bun burger or bun-less burger. They compliment the flavors of the burger quite nice. This is easy to double or triple to feed a crowd!

Now happy cooking! Make these for a fun BBQ or burger night. Let me know if you love them!

Happy Cooking!


Jalapeno Ranch Burgers
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins

Easy to double or triple to feed a crowd just increase the seasoning per pound you add, and jalapeno to taste.

Servings: 4
Author: Maria
  • 1 pound ground beef or elk
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  1. mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands until thoroughly mixed together.

  2. form 4 1/4 patties

  3. heat an outdoor grill or grill pan on the stove our med high heat. add the patties, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side. If adding cheese, do so in the last minute or two of cooking.

  4. To serve: either on a toasted bun with tomato, avocado, lettuce and ranch or on a salad of greens and vegetables of your choice.

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