Diet Right for Your Personality Type - Jen Widerstrom Burger Patty and Quinoa Recipe

August 10, 2017

Diet Right for Your Personality Type - Jen Widerstrom Burger Patty and Quinoa Recipe

You might know Jen Widerstrom as one of the coaches on NBC’s The Biggest Loser – but what you might not know is that she took everything she’s learned about weight-loss success and put it in a book. Diet Right for Your Personality Type embodies an important thing she’s learned over the years – that when it comes to dieting, one size does not fit all.

Jen takes each person’s individual strengths and personal roadblocks into account when creating her tailored four-week diet and fitness plans, so that you can reach your goals and stay there for good. Starting with a simple assessment, you’ll identify your dominant personality type, and be guided a regimen with meal plans, recipes, exercise routines, and more.

Which personality type are you?  And keep reading to find out AND for a recipe for a Burger Patty with Veggie Quinoa Salad for your dinner rotation this week!


The Rebel tends to be impulsive and noncommittal. They need to be given the opportunity to find their own flow in their day, and to be provided with flexible guidelines offering plenty of variety.


The Never-Ever is someone who’s disconnected from their health and fitness or may have even given up. Their program is designed to help them break the vicious cycle and teach them how to be in control of the decisions that influence behavior.

Organized Doer

The Organized Doer is a type A personality who craves routine and rules, so that’s exactly what they will receive because it drives their success! Checking off boxes is not stress inducing but rather meditative and an effective way to stay on track. 


The Swinger is an adventurous type who follows the trendiest fads. Their success is rooted in a program that offers variety, change, and the ability to actively determine food and workout decisions each day.

Everyday Hero

If you’re an Everyday Hero, you probably always put yourself last and are happy to bend over backward for others. While this is admirable, it means you rarely accommodate yourself, even if you know it’s necessary. The key for Everyday Heroes is building a plan that is streamlined and easy to set up, with as few obstacles as possible.

You can find the full personality quiz in the Diet Right for Your Personality Type book. Now try a recipe perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner. 

Jen Winderstrom's Diet Tips Book cover

 Burger Patty with Veggie Quinoa Salad

Serves 1


1 (6-ounce) beef patty, store-bought or homemade (see Note)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon paprika

Vegetable oil cooking spray



1 cup cooked quinoa

¼ cup quartered cherry tomatoes

¼ cup diced red onion

¼ cup diced cucumber

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Salt, to taste

2 cups fresh spinach

 To make the burger patty: Sprinkle the beef patty evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly spray the skillet with the cooking spray and add the beef patty. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes per inch of thickness on each side. Remove from the pan and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes.

To make the veggie quinoa salad: In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, and mint.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and the salt until combined. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss to combine.

To finish, place the spinach on a plate, drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and top with the quinoa and burger.


To make a homemade beef patty, you will need 5 ounces ground beef. In a bowl, use a fork to combine the meat and spices. Use your hands to form the meat into a patty and cook according to the directions.


At the forefront of the health and fitness community, JEN WIDERSTROM is committed to helping people understand, learn, and implement a holistic approach to health and wellness. Formerly a star of "American Gladiators", she is now a trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser".


Reprinted from Diet Right for Your Personality Type © 2017 by Jen Widerstrom (Harmony Books,  Penguin Random House). 


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