July 06, 2022


With the summer heat on full blast, I've been avoiding the oven. Enter these BBQ Burgers & Pasta Salad! You can grill the burgers and enjoy chilled pasta salad as a yummy side. Best of all, this meal is macro-friendly, dairy-free and gluten-free! Serve with juicy watermelon or corn on the cob for the ultimate summer dinner.

Did you know? Grass fed beef has a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, compared to 8:1 for conventional beef (source). This means that grass fed beef has a better anti-inflammatory ratio than conventional beef. This study acknowledges that "they typical American diet tends to contain 11 to 30 times more omega -6 fatty acids than omega -3, a phenomenon that has been hypothesized as a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States." Yikes!

BBQ Burgers & Pasta Salad

Choosing the best beef

Besides choosing grass-fed, I also look for organic and animal-welfare approved if I can find it. The organic label certifies that the beef were fed organic feed, had access to forage, and were not administered growth hormones or antibiotics. Animal-welfare approved means that the cattle were raised with pasture access their entire lives with humane transport and slaughter practices. Grass-fed is the minimum, though! 

I also look for lean ground beef (90% or less) to keep my intake of total fat and saturated fat under the recommended amounts.

BBQ Burgers & Pasta Salad

Choosing the best pasta

This recipe does rely on the pasta for some added protein. In order to accomplish this, you can use Barilla Protein Plus elbows (recommended), Banza elbows (can get mushy after a couple days), or your favorite gluten-free pasta.

Of course, if you don't need gluten-free any macaroni pasta will work!

Creamy pasta salad

The pasta salad does call for light mayo, but you can use Paleo, organic, or olive oil mayonnaise if you prefer. One thing I do look for is expeller-pressed canola oil with olive oil or avocado oil for more omega-3's. Expeller-pressed means the oil was not extracted using hexane or other chemicals.

As far as the veggies go, you can use whatever you like! I went with broccoli, peppers, red onion and olives for a colorful blend that keeps well. 

BBQ Burgers & Pasta Salad

I hope you enjoy these BBQ Burgers & Pasta Salad as much as we did! Please rate and comment below if you try it :)

This post contains affiliate links and recipe was developed in collaboration with Metabolic Nutrition



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