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Happy and Healthy Labor Day

  • August 30, 2013
  • By Brittany
Happy and Healthy Labor Day

Hi friends!  Are you pretty psyched for the long weekend!?  I am!  I hope you have plans to do something really fun.  I’m going to try and get in some beach time and some tennis!  We’ll see how my arm goes with the tennis but I’m thinking it’s a go.  I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Asian feast!

One thing that is a must for Labor Day is a the all-American burger.  Last weekend the Hubs and I headed out to a new burger joint that just opened in our hood called Bareburger.  Bareburger prides itself on using all-organic, all-natural ingredients.  Let me tell you, this burger spot was unbelievable! 

There were so many options.  You could create your own or you could go with one of the recommended burgers.  The meat options were endless: beef, turkey, bison, elk, ostrich, wild boar.  I’m not making this up!  There were also plenty of veg options like black bean burgers, mushroom burgers and quinoa veggie burger.  We are going to have to go back every week for weeks on end just to sample all the goodness at this place!

I finally settled on the Maui Wowie while Pete decided to go with the Roadhouse.  We threw in some sweet potato fries and zucchini sticks for good measure.  Well . . . we ended up with this!

Bareburger Collage

 Yeah it was a lot of food!!!  The Mauie Wowie was delicious!  Made with bison (they recommended wild boar but I wasn’t into that), smoked mozzarella, turkey bacon, grilled pineapple, fried onions, fire roasted red peppers and buttermilk ranch sauce, it was heaven on a bun!

Bareburger 9

 Pete’s Roadhouse wasn’t bad either.  More bison (which is really lean!), pepperjack, country bacon, avocado, sweet apple grilled onions, fire roasted red peppers and smoked paprika mayo, it hit the spot!

Bareburger 3


The sweet potato fries and zucchini sticks weren’t bad sides either! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bareburger 2 Collage 

Needless to say a long walk was a necessity after this meal!  We dragged our overstuffed bellies to Central Park for a walk around the Reservoir.  It hit the spot almost as much as the burgers did! ๐Ÿ™‚

Central Park Collage

Bareburger was such a hit, I decided to recreate the burger at home and I’ve got the recipe for you!  This is a great twist on a classic burger for Labor Day.  I used bison for this burger because that’s was I had at Bareburger and it tasted great!  Not only that, it is much leaner than traditional beef.  But if you are daring you can try it with some wild boar.  If you do, let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚  Read on for Bareburger Inspired Maui Wowie!

Maui Wowie 


Vegetarian Pho
Serves 2
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673 calories
62 g
70 g
22 g
65 g
4 g
1564 g
1480 g
18 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 673
Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 1480mg
Total Carbohydrates 62g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 18g
Protein 65g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. Broth
  2. 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
  3. 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled
  4. and halved lengthwise
  5. 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  6. 1 star anise
  7. 2 whole cloves
  8. 1 teaspoon of ground
  9. coriander
  10. 4 cups of stock (you can use
  11. vegetable to make it
  12. vegetarian or try chicken stock
  13. for a little more flavor)
  14. 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  15. 4 carrots, peeled and
  16. chopped
  17. Pad Thai Noodles
  1. Tofu
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Bok Choy
  4. Chicken if you don't want vegetarian
  1. scallions, chopped
  2. chile pepper, sliced
  3. lime, sliced
  4. bean sprouts
  5. sriracha or hoisin sauce
  1. n a large pot, place all of the spices in to dry roast until fragrant. Add
  2. stock, onion, carrots, soy sauce and ginger to pot. Bring broth to a boil.
  3. then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. While broth simmers, make noodles according to package directions.
  5. Prepare your desired toppings by steaming the vegetables or cooking
  6. the tofu or chicken. Chop garnishes.
  7. When broth is ready, add toppings and garnishes as desired. Serve
  8. and enjoy!
Brittany Bendall Fitness

Serve with sweet potato fries!

Sweet potato fries


 I hope you guys enjoy these burgers and have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!  

Readers, what are your plans for the weekend?  Do you have a favorite burger joint?  What’s your all-time favorite burger combo?


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  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 30, 2013

    now im REALLY in the mood for burgers! i love bison burgers and i love the idea of adding pineapple! (i love pineapple on pizza, why not burgers?!) im going to have to try this. this weekend ill be at the beach and celebrating my friend’s 30th bday, cant wait!! have a great weekend! hope your elbow is ok for some tennis!

  • Tara
    August 30, 2013

    I love pork but think I’d be a little scared to try wild boar. What if I don’t like it? I have to say, I think I would eat Pete’s burger first because I don’t like mixing my sweet with my salty. You look gorgeous in Central Park though! I got to explore for an hour or so and there is so much I didn’t get to see!

  • Tara
    August 30, 2013

    I love pork but think I’d be a little scared to try wild boar. What if I don’t like it? I have to say, I think I would eat Pete’s burger first because I don’t like mixing my sweet with my salty. You look gorgeous in Central Park though! I got to explore for an hour or so and there is so much I didn’t get to see.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 30, 2013

    Of course, I read this at lunchtime and now I am starving!! I need to try this place out, you are always giving me new places to go in the city, I love it!! Thanks for this recipe too, I’ve saved and pinned!! Enjoy your weekend Britt!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    August 30, 2013

    Man your blog can make a girl super HONGRY, lol! That burger and sides look amazing! I love all kinds! We have a little spot here that has the best burgers ever. I went on my last week off. Now I might have to go back next week. I am working all weekend but hopefully I can find a gathering Monday when I get off. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun,Femme
    August 30, 2013

    Every now and then I crave a burger and I just love that there are more and more places like Bare Burger offering organic, humanely raised meat…because that’s the only way I’ll eat it. In Atlanta we have Yeah Burger…very similar concept and the burgers are out of this world!

  • Allie
    August 30, 2013

    OMG that place looks like a dream come true! I’m definitely adding it to my “to do” list for the city. And I LOVE your top – too cute!! Have a great long weekend:-)

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 30, 2013

    Wow, that burger place sounds amazing! I’d be all over those quinoa and black bean burgers.
    I love the idea of adding pineapple to a burger too. Sounds awesome!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    August 30, 2013

    My husband just loves bison burgers! Bacon, roasted red peppers, and smoked mozzarella?! I’m going to be wife of the year when I make this for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly
    August 31, 2013

    I am interested to try the burger inspired by the Maui Wowie burger. The lean bison is probably does not miss the fat with the ingredients and the Greek yogurt, ranch dressing.

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    August 31, 2013

    I absolutely love Bareburger!! I used to live around the corner from the one on LaGuardia and let’s just say they knew my name…

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    August 31, 2013

    I have heard great things about Bareburger. I am not really a person who regularly eats burgers, but when I do, it has to be top notch! Have a great weekend, Brittany! I’ll be home relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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