Happy Hamburger Week, HGers! Sure we love veggie burgers and soy patties, but sometimes we want the real thing... guilt-free, of course. Check out these two all-new recipes plus our top picks for every burger-eating occasion. Prepare to get your burger on, people...
Outside-In Cheeseburger Patty
PER SERVING (1 patty): 179 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 26.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Is it offensive that we stuffed something labeled "Laughing Cow" inside a ball of beef? Perhaps... but it's DELICIOUS!
Ingredients: 4 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, room temperature 1/8 tsp. garlic powder 1/8 tsp. onion powder 1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce dash salt, or more to taste dash black pepper, or more to taste
Directions: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheese. Add as much salt and pepper as you like. Knead mixture by hand until integrated. Form into a ball and, using your thumb, make a large, hollow indentation in the ball (past the center but not all the way through). Fill the hole with cheese and squeeze the meat to seal, making sure no cheese is exposed. Flatten slightly into a thick patty.
Bring a pan misted with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. (Use a grill pan if you've got one.) Place patty in the pan, cover, and cook for 4 - 7 minutes per side, depending on how well done you like your burger. Heads Up: Don't press on the patty with your spatula (your burger might ooze cheese!).
Serve however you like your burger... We like ours with ketchup and pickles between giant leaves of lettuce!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Tremendous Top-Shelf Turkey Burger
PER SERVING (1 patty): 184 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 20.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
Yeah, yeah, we know the best burgers aren't actually stored on a shelf above all the lesser meat patties. But you get the point. This burger is LARGE and IN CHARGE...
Ingredients: 3 oz. raw lean ground turkey 1/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms One-half slice light white bread (40 - 45 calories per slice with at least 2g fiber) 3 tbsp. finely chopped onion 1 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original) 1/2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley 1/2 tbsp. Dijonnaise 1/2 tbsp. ketchup 1/4 tsp. crushed garlic dash salt
Directions: Place the half-slice of bread in a blender or food processor, and pulse until you have soft, fluffy breadcrumbs.
In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs with all other ingredients and knead by hand until integrated. Form into a nice, big patty about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Bring a pan misted with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. (Use a grill pan if you've got it.) Place patty in the pan, cover, and cook for 5 - 7 minutes. Very carefully flip the patty, re-cover the pan, and cook for another 5 - 7 minutes, until patty is cooked through. Serve on a plate, on a bun, over lettuce... whatever!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Oooh! Check out HG's fave burger finds, from the drive-thru to the frozen foods section of the supermarket...
Freezer-Aisle Find! Lean Pockets Cheeseburger - This cheeseburger-inspired Pocket is super-convenient and super-delicious. It even earned top honors in a recent HG frozen food review. With 290 calories and 8g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*), it's a totally reasonable way to indulge in a cheesy burger item.
HG Recipe Alert! The Cheeseburger Chomp - This cheddary, burger-packed wrap is one of our absolute favorite ways to obliterate a cheeseburger craving. It's stuffed with veggie-friendly burger bites topped with gooey cheese and all your favorite fixins. For just 193 calories and 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*), you might wanna cancel your dinner plans and make this tonight.
Fast-Food Find! Wendy's Jr. Hamburger - If you really want a burger at a fast-food joint, this little 230-calorie, 8g-of-fat one (PointsPlus® value 6*) isn't a bad option at all. For a bigger burger fix, go for Wendy's Double Stack without cheese. You'll get TWO junior-sized burger patties on ONE small bun for 320 calories and 14g fat (PointsPlus® value 8*). We recommend pairing either one with a side salad. (Pssst... Click here for a list of the calorie counts on a bazillion burgers served at popular chains!)
Patty Pick! Boca Original Meatless Burger (Vegan) - Most of you know this is our freezer-aisle soy patty of choice, but ever wonder why? Okay, we'll tell you. First of all, it tastes truly meaty -- this isn't one of those veggie 'n grain patties (although we like those too). Secondly, you really can't beat the stats: only 70 calories and a half-gram of fat, plus an impressive 4g fiber and 13g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). It's also easy to find at most markets and works perfectly in all our burger-swap recipes, like the Island Insanity Burger, Chili-rific Cheeseburger, Mega MonsterBurger, Burger on the Double!, and (of course!) Awesome Whopper Stopper. Mmmm!!!
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