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Bite it! HG's Chief of Beef Cheeseburger
HG's Chief of Beef Cheeseburger

Beef Up!

We love soy burgers, veggie patties, and portabella mushroom caps as burger swaps... but sometimes, you just want a hamburger made out of BEEF. For those days, we've got this recipe -- there's really no need to hit up that burger joint.

Ingredients:
One 100-calorie flat sandwich bun (like Arnold Select/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins)
1/2 lettuce leaf
1 slice tomato
4 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 tbsp. liquid egg whites (about half a large egg white)
Dash each salt and black pepper
Dash garlic powder
Dash onion powder
1 slice fat-free cheddar or American cheese
1 thin slice onion
3 hamburger dill pickle chips
Optional toppings: mustard, fat-free mayonnaise, ketchup

Directions:
Split bun into halves, and top the bottom half with lettuce and tomato.

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix beef, egg whites, and seasonings. Evenly form into a patty about 4 inches wide.

Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook patty for 3 - 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your preference.

Top patty with cheese and cook until melted, about 45 seconds.

Transfer cheese-topped patty to the bottom half of the bun. Top with onion and pickles, and place the top half of the bun over the stack!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 burger
Calories: 295
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 963mg
Carbs: 27g
Fiber: 5.5g
Sugars: 5.5g
Protein: 34.5g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG Tip! Prepare several of the beef patties at once, and freeze the extras (individually wrapped in plastic). Each patty on its own has 155 calories, 5g fat, 251mg sodium, <0.5g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, and 25.5g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). YES!

Fight it! Cheeseburger, Average
Cheeseburger, Average

Up-to-No-Good Burger...

Some days, our taste buds just can't be fooled. And there are those among us who just want BEEF every now and then. Not just beef -- a full-on hamburger with melted cheese and burger-y toppings! But instead of grabbing a super-greasy burger loaded with fatty extras that has a massive amount of calories, try our latest recipe. The bun frequently contributes more to a burger's total calorie count than you might think -- we keep it slim and functional with a thin sandwich round. Much smarter! Fat-free cheese also keeps the numbers way down. Then, of course, there's the patty itself -- extra-lean beef is great for burger patties! Finish it off with your own personal selection of guilt-free toppers, and BAM! You've got a sandwich that beats the bun off any fast-food or burger-joint version. Try it and see.

Serving Size: 1 burger
Calories: 621
Fat: 35g
Sodium: 1,177mg
Carbs: 41g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 33g

PointsPlus® value 16*

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CHEW ON THIS:

Happy National Sauce Month... which is March (a.k.a. the month we're in). Celebrate by topping today's recipe with your guilt-free sauce of choice. (EVERYTHING tastes good on a burger, people.) We'll be whooping it up with some Vivi's Classic Carnival Mustard!

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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