Reflux Friendly Cooking: California Burger

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Reflux Friendly Cooking is a weekly feature that will be full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family! Each week I’ll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I’ll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!


    California Burger. One of the secrets to reflux-friendly cooking is to take some of the traditional favorites and just make a few simple substitutions. When you cook this way, no one will feel deprived. California cooking is all about fresh and colorful ingredients and this burger fits the bill.  

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    12 oz of lean ground beef (for two burgers)

    1 red pepper

    1 avocado, sliced

    1 cup baby spinach

    2 Tbs. mayonnaise

    2 hamburger buns (we use gluten free)

    2 slices Monterey Jack cheese (we use rice cheese)

    1 Tbs. canola oil

    salt and pepper to taste



    Lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Quarter a red pepper and remove the seeds. Put the pepper on the cookie sheet and roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (it will be slightly charred). Remove the pepper from the oven and set aside. Slice into strips once cooled.


    Form the ground beef into two patties and press your thumb into the center so the burgers do not bulge when cooking. Coat the burgers with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers in a skillet on medium heat (do not press them down with your spatula). Turn once after about 5 minutes. Add the cheese just before they are done cooking. Remove the patties and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.  Place the burgers into the buns coated with mayonnaise. Top the burgers with the avocado, spinach and roasted red pepper.   

Published On: January 14, 2015