Grilled Hamburgers with Salsa

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Category : Grilling, Main Dishes, Recipes

Photo of Grilled Hamburger with SalsaThere’s nothing like the crispy crust of a well-grilled hamburger! Commercially available local grassfed beef is a little hard to find in this area, but it’s well worth the effort in terms of flavor and quality.

I went to the online Farm Finder and searched for beef. Only one farm, Third Thyme Farm in Sumas (360) 988-5805, reports specializing in grassfed meats, including beef. There are also farms who produce meat only for friends and family.

The difficulty is the absence of a USDA inspected meat-packing facility in the County. The Lopez Island Community Land Trust came up with a novel idea to solve the problem for farmers who are members of their Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (IGFC). They built a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) which operates under a USDA Grant of Inspection and travels to the farms to do the butchering on site. While most of their members are outside Whatcom County, there are some local members, too. They have an outlet grocery on Lopez Island, but many of their member sell directly from their farms.

The Member Farms page on the IGFC website appears to be out of date, so I recommend contacting the organization at: info@igfcmeats.com

Hamburger buns for this recipe were homemade using bread flour from Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill and a recipe from the Tassajara Bread Book. You could also buy from Avenue Bread (Bellingham). Since I couldn’t find any local ketchup, I substituted some home canned salsa given to me by a friend who grows wonderful tomatoes and peppers in her home greenhouse every year.

  • Prep Time:
    15 min
  • Cook Time:
    10 min
  • Ready In:
    25 min
Servings: 2 servings
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (Island Grown Farmers Cooperative member, Lummi Island)
  • 1 stalk green garlic, sliced thinly (Broadleaf Farm, Everson)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely (home garden)
  • a few napa cabbage leaves (Broadleaf Farm, Everson)
  • 4 Tbsp salsa (home canned from home garden produce)
  • 2 hamburger buns (homemade with Fairhaven Mill bread flour, Bellingham)


In a bowl, thoroughly mix the beef, green garlic, and rosemary. Form into two patties.

Heat the grill, and cook the patties for about 7-8 minutes for medium to well-done meat.

Put each burger on a hamburger bun and top with 2 Tbsp salsa.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with Tangy Napa Cabbage Slaw and Roasted Potato Wedges, if desired. You could also use lettuce or napa cabbage leaves on the burgers.

Food Sources:

The Islander Grocery, Lummi Island
Terra Organica, Flora and Cornwall, Bellingham
Home gardens

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Comments (2)

Another place to get local, grass-fed beef is Bennett Farms in between Everson and Lynden. They are well worth the trip and their prices are great.

Thanks, Kate! I just found Bennett’s beef in the Co-op yesterday, too. Glad to hear you recommend them!

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