condiment city: strawberry salsa & burgers with simple guacamole

Summer seems to be the perfect time to endulge in a little condiment action. With all those picnics and bbqs it seems that mustards, ketchups, salsas and relishes abound. A squirt here and a plop there. Once tomato season rears it’s head, I plan on trying my hand at a tomato ketchup and I’m definitely interested in trying out the deliciously simple english brown mustard posted at bread & honey.

Last week I grilled up some hamburgers for dinner and instead of slapping on some cheese or mayonnaise, I whipped up a super simple guacamole for our burgers. Just a mashed avocado, a generous squeeze of lime juice, chili powder, hot sauce and a bit of chipotle powder. Yum! Fresh delicious and way better than the $16 hamburgers we ate recently at a local restaurant.

For burgers, I like them simple. Not a lot of complex flavours or anything that is highly seasoned as I like to taste the meat. For the burgers, I just added some salt, pepper and dash of Worcestershire sauce. Using a spoon to mix about the meat (you don’t want to over mix), I then quickly formed them into patties and grilled them on the bbq. After toasting the buns, I added a big smear of the guacamole, along with diced onions, a tomato slice, and some mustard. It was burger perfection!

This past weekend, I went strawberry picking at a local u-pick farm. While the farm we went to wasn’t organic, they do use controlled pest management and only spray as a last resort. The berries were amazing and I managed to pick just over 17 pounds worth. When I got home with my haul, I wanted to make something immediately but didn’t want to have to turn on the oven since it was so hot outside. So I tried my hand at a strawberry salsa to top some cod that I would be barbecuing later on. I had some leftover slices of tomatoes and diced onions from the burgers the night before, so I added that into the salsa. It was pretty simple to whip up and it had that refreshing mix of sweet and hot flavours that I love. It was super fresh and the berries were super red and colourful.

16 comments to “condiment city: strawberry salsa & burgers with simple guacamole”

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    VeggieGirl   July 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I wish I could go strawberry picking – it’s too rainy and cold here! :0( that salsa sounds divine.

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    cookinpanda   July 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I love fruity salsas. I’ve never thought to use strawberries. Your salsa sounds incredible. The perfect marriage between sweet and salty.

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    Lydia   July 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Your burgers look so good. What are you going to do with 17 pounds of berries?! I bought 3 pounds and am feeling a bit time constrained. I guess you freeze a bunch.

    Where did you have a $16 burger? I went to Mr. Pickwick’s on Denman and they had a $28 fish and chips meal. TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS.

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    Kate   July 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I’ve made an awesome mango salsa to put on a burger before, but never considered strawberries! Thanks for the idea! It looks delicious.

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    Punga   July 4, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Where do you go u-picking in Vancouver?

    The burger looks delish!

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    kickpleat   July 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    too bad about your cold, rainy weather, veggiegirl!

    lydia, i did freeze most of the berries. but we’ve been munching on the ones we didn’t freeze all week! $28 fish & chips? insane!!

    thanks cookinpanda. it worked out rather nicely, i think!

    kate, mango salsa is pretty awesome and i think this one comes pretty close!

    punga, i went u-picking in richmond at

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    jenn   July 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    mm it all sounds AWESOME!!!

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    Bijoux   July 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    hey guess what? I’m going to a ‘pick it yourself’ farm tomorrow for strawberries…yum yum! I like the strawberry salsa you made it sounds very delicious. Guacamole is also one of my fav’s but since the cost of one avocado is about $1.20 – I can’t have guac as often as I would like.

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    hag   July 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I am very intrigued with your strawberry salsa…. I will have to give it a try.

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    dynagrrl   July 5, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I am so glad that the strawberry salsa was not on the guacamole hamburger! Both looked good… separately!!!

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    edgecakez   July 5, 2008 at 6:10 am

    i just made this salsa with cod and it was sooo delicious! i love your site, thanks for all the yummy inspiration!

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    Fiber   July 5, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I’ve never tried a fruit salsa but this looks like a great one to start with!

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    bellcurves   July 6, 2008 at 7:52 am

    thanks so much for posting–i had never thought of strawberry salsa before and this caught my eye b/c of my love for anything and everything made with berries. i also went to a u-pick farm recently for berries, which was fun.

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    Haley   July 8, 2008 at 10:52 am

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    kickpleat   July 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    hag, give it a go!

    thanks jenn!

    bijoux, you are your expensive avocados! try chinatown for shopping…so much cheaper. enjoy the u-pick!

    dynagrrl, yeah, i don’t think the strawberry salsa would go with the burger…but you never know! i’ll try anything once!

    edgecakes, glad you liked it!

    fibre, it’s a goody!

    bellcurves, i hear you on the berries! enjoy 🙂

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    Brilynn   July 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    That salsa sounds great! A different condiment can really uplift an ordinary burger to something much better!

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