By Suzanne Fox

The Search for the BEST All-Natural Hamburger in Town.

Red Meat–a term used for the meat of mammals that has higher amounts of iron than chicken or fish. It is commonly ground and used in what we know world-wide as a nice juicy hamburger. Fresh, lean ground beef is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially iron and zinc. Therefore, moderate beef intake can be part of a healthy diet.

A 3.5-ounce lean ground beef patty with 10 percent fat is only 217 calories, 26 grams of protein and zero carbs and sugar. Beef does contain fat and can increase your caloric intake but, if you make sure only to consume beef that is 5 to 10 percent fat, you will take advantage of the highly nutritious aspects needed for the growth and maintenance of a healthy body.Red meat is one of the most complete dietary sources of protein because of its amino acid profile being almost identical to that of your own muscles. For this reason, eating meat may be of particular benefit after surgery and for recovering athletes.So there you go Drew Brees, EAT YOUR MEAT!

Today, we are focusing on restaurants who serve the freshest, all-natural, BEST burger. Have you ever had a craving for a fresh, homemade, juicy hamburger, only to find yourself in a restaurant (that promotes itself to have the best hamburgers in town) and when you ask the server if the hamburgers are homemade, you are told, “no, they come in frozen patties!?”  What is up with that?

Here’s the skinny on the burger.  Believe it or not, if prepared properly, hamburgers fall into several diet categories.  A 4-ounce burger made of 95 percent lean ground beef is only 3 points on Weight Watchers.  Add a light bun for 2.5 more points, Weight Watchers cheese adds 1.5 points and the rest is free.  Onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms are all zero points.  It’s all in the way you prepare your burger and the first step is to make sure it is all-natural, 100 percent pure meat.

On my quest to find the best, all-natural hamburgers around, I have been visiting some local restaurants and pubs. The first one I want to nominate in my all-natural burger contest is KGee’s on Florida in Mandeville.  Kathy Williams runs a tight ship when it comes to quality.  Don’t be surprised if Kathy approaches your table with fresh onion rings because she didn’t like the way the others looked.  When I remarked to Kathy about her very tasty hamburger, she let me in on her secret that is actually not a secret.  She gets fresh ground beef every day from Saia’s meat market across the street.  When I mean fresh, you can’t get any fresher than that!  When I started thinking about it, I decided that there really aren’t very many places that serve fresh, all-natural hamburger patties daily.  I could be wrong, which is why I’m asking our readers for help.  The top three places that I already know about have been nominated, and we need more contestants!

Next nominee, La Lou on Girod Street in Mandeville has a daily gourmet burger prepared anyway you want.  My grandson Conner, who only eats burgers most of the time, has nominated La Lou as one of the best burgers he’s ever eaten.  His favorite is the August Burger.

Have you tried The Shack?  The Shack burger is made of all-natural ground beef and topped with a delicious tomato onion jam and dressed anyway you like it.  Christine Clouatre says they add nothing to their beef except salt and pepper and non-MSG house seasoning.

From Slidell to Hammond, Northshore to the Southshore, we are looking for the BEST all-natural hamburgers. If you have one to nominate, text BESTBURGER to 72727 and we will promptly check it out.  All participants that qualify as an all-natural, delicious, BEST burger will be entered into the contest and given a specific voting code! All nominations should be in by October 20.


Announced in the November 15 issue of Inspire Health Magazine will receive:

  • Full page feature
  • Banner with their winning burger
  • Free text marketing program for three months
  • 500 direct mail postcards sent to the surrounding neighborhood promoting their burger!

All-natural, BEST Burger contest rules

The burger must be made fresh to order–never frozen and no additives like soy.

All nominations must text BESTBURGER to 72727 by October 20, 2019.

Once the nominee’s burger is verified as all natural, nominees will be given an opportunity to promote their BEST Burger with their specific keyword to acquire the most votes until November 10. 

Voting will close on November 10.

  • To Vote for K Gee’s Burger text bestburgerKG to 72727
  • To Vote for La Lou’s Burger text bestburgerLL to 72727
  • To Vote for The Shack’s Burger text bestburgerTS to 72727
  • To nominate your favorite burger text BESTBURGER to 72727
  • They will receive their own voting code once their burger is verified.

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