Try a Lighter Version of Oklahoma City’s Onion Burger
If you’re looking to clean up your diet, you don’t have to make dozens of changes at once. In fact, to make the transition more likely to “stick”, it can help to make one or two simple swaps at a time. Our suggestion? Start by identifying the most highly inflammatory foods that you consume on a regular basis – think commercially produced beef and processed red meat, refined grains, and dairy – and gradually work your way toward healthier substitutes.
That’s not to say you can’t enjoy any of your long-time favorites, like Oklahoma City’s famous onion burger. Below, we recommend a recipe for a lightened-up, less-inflammatory option:
- First, start with organic, free-range beef. Because these animals are fed a more natural diet, their meat contains more inflammation-fighting omega-3 fats. The meat tends to be leaner (and more flavorful!) as well.
- Portion out 5 ounces of your beef, divided into two flat patties. Season with a small amount of salt and pepper.
- Over medium heat, warm up a tablespoon of coconut oil – a much easier-to-digest alternative to common vegetable oils or butter. (Macadamia oil and extra virgin olive oil are also great substitutions here as well.)
- Add your beef patties to the oil.
- In a separate pan, heat another tablespoon of oil and add a cup (or more!) of sliced onions. Typically, the rule of thumb when it comes to Oklahoma onion burgers is the more, the merrier – and since they’re rich in flavonoids (antioxidants that help absorb free radicals throughout the body), you don’t have to feel guilty about piling them on.
- Flip your patties and continue to cook them on the opposite side.
- As the beef and onions cook through, prep the rest of your sandwich. Instead of heavily processed white hamburger buns, consider serving up your meat and onions in a lettuce bun (or, if a starch is a non-negotiable, a bun made completely from whole grains). Try adding flavor with pickles and mustard rather than cheese, or opt for a single portion of reduced-fat, high-flavor cheese such as pepper jack if needed.
- Once the beef and onions are ready to go, add them to the bun (or lettuce wrap) and enjoy!
You don’t have to be aiming for weight loss to add healthier meals to your dinner rotation, but if you’ve been told by your doctor to work on losing those stubborn added pounds, you may want to consider several additional lifestyle changes to accompany your nutritional efforts. Maintaining a healthy weight can relieve stress on your spine, which can in turn help with chronic neck and back pain.
For some individuals, though, try as they might with food and exercise, back pain simply doesn’t go away with conservative care. If this is the case, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. We perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgeries for individuals with neck and back pain, and each month, more people come to Laser Spine Institute to than to any other spine surgery provider in the nation.