Grassfed Burgers with Heirloom Tomato, Wild Arugula & Jalapeno Cheese

Serves 4 people

Cooking time: about 25 minutes


  • 1 pound grassfed ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices of jalapeno cheese
  • 1 cup wild arugula
  • 4 heirloom tomato slices
  • 4 whole wheat buns


  1. Preheat cast iron griddle or grill. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, egg, spices, herbs, and breadcrumbs. Add a generous pinch of salt and some pepper. Mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into four parts and shape into patties. Brush with the olive oil.
  4. Either cook stovetop in a cast iron griddle or on the grill, flipping once, until cooked through (about 2-3 minutes per side depending on thickness).
  5. Once almost cooked through, top with the cheese and allow it to melt. Note: you may place the cast iron pan under the broiler to fully melt the cheese if needed.
  6. To serve, place each patty on a toasted bun. Top each with a tomato slice and some arugula. Garnish with ketchup and mustard, as desired. Enjoy!

Source for Ingredients

  • organic grassfed beef, whole wheat buns, organic breadcrumbs, and organic jalapeno yogurt cheese from Trader Joe's 
  • heirloom tomatoes, Italian parsley, cilantro, dill, and wild arugula from the West Hollywood Farmers Market
  • garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cumin from Whole Foods