Sunday, July 11, 2010

Recipe Cheeseburger

  • If take-out burgers call your name, this is, hands down, the Biggest Loser burger recipe for you! It’s much leaner than any burger you’ll find at a fast food restaurant, but the sauce makes it taste so reminiscent of them. For variety, you might try making your burger recipe with a low-carb tortilla instead of a hamburger bun and adding a few more pickles.

1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 pound 96% lean ground beef
1 slice (3/4 ounce) fat-free American cheese (optional)
1 whole-grain or whole-wheat hamburger bun
1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce leaves
1 thin slice red onion
3 dill pickle rounds


  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. Stir to mix. Set aside. Shape the beef into a patty that is about 1/2" wider than the bun.
  • Preheat a medium nonstick skillet or grill rack on high heat. Place the patty on the pan or grill. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. (Do not smash the burger with the spatula.) About 30 seconds before the burger is cooked, top with the cheese, if desired. Place the bun halves, cut sides down, on the pan or grill. Cook for about 45 seconds, or until toasted.
  • Place the bun bottom on a serving plate. Top with the patty, lettuce, onion, and pickles. Spread the reserved sauce evenly over the inside of the bun top. Flip onto the burger. Serve immediately.

2 pounds ground beef, lean
1 tablespoon steak sauce, your favorite
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded American or mild Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • Combine ground beef, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Shape mixture into 8 hamburger patties. Broil patties 4 inches from heat for 6 minutes. Turn and broil for 4 to 6 minutes longer, to desired doneness. Combine cheese and onion; place on patties then broil until cheese is melted. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.

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