Brain Food Recipe: The HD Burger

Can the all-American burger, demonized as the centerpiece of cheap fast food, be good for you? Sure, just make ’em the HD way. First, we start with grass-fed beef, which eliminates the antibiotics, growth hormones, and general misery associated with beef from factory farms. You also get a naturally leaner beef high in healthy fats like the oft-touted omega-3s. The cheese is also full of healthy fats that will keep you satiated and prevent post-meal snacking. The whole grain bun is loaded with fiber and B-vitamins.

Serves 4
Prep time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes


1 1⁄4 pounds grass-fed beef
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tomato
1 red onion
1 block of Vermont cheddar (blue cheese or gruyère will work, too)
1 head Boston lettuce
4 whole grain buns


Pat the meat into four equal-size patties. Salt and pepper the beef and refrigerate for a minimum of an hour to let the burgers take shape. Refrigerate and prep the tomato, onion, and cheese by slicing these ingredients up. Remove the burgers from the fridge and grill for about 10 ten minutes. Toast buns on grill and top burgers with cheese until it melts. Remove burgers from grill. Top with the tomato and onion slices and lettuce. Add ketchup, mustard, and mayo to your liking

As seen in The Happiness Diet

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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