Summertime Favorites: Stuffed Burgers


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7/1/2013 12:00 PM   :  14 comments   :  29,464 Views

Who doesn't like a game of hide-and-seek? The usual burger-and-fries dinner is hiding loads of fat. Seek out ours instead, which has secrets of its own. Extra lean beef can be dry, so we stuff it with onion and herbs for a juicy, tasty burger.

Compare a typical home-cooked burger meal to our lightened-up version.

You'll save 442 calories, so we think that leaves room for a serving of Hot & Sweet Rainbow Slaw, plus a Strawberry Crunch Sundae (with all those fresh berries that are in season right now) for dessert!
Lean beef can dry out easily, and it lacks the flavor of fatter cuts. So how do you create a burger you'll crave? You fill it with the good stuff. Chef Meg's son Ian specializes in "Juicy Lucys." He puts onions, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese inside a serving of extra lean turkey or beef and grills it. The result? A burger that will satisfy even teenage boys. This version is slightly more sophisticated but just as simple. Balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme add great flavor, and you'll find that you need little more than juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and perhaps a smear of good quality mustard (or a squirt of ketchup). 

Spark Swaps Tips:
Use 1/4 cup sautéed mushrooms with chopped fresh rosemary or fresh basil and chopped red bell pepper to change up your burgers. You could also use half an ounce (two tablespoons shredded) cheese inside each burger.

Not a beef fan? Swap in lean turkey or chicken. The onion will help keep the low-fat meat moist and juicy.
Click here for the recipe.

This recipe is from The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health, the new book from the experts at SparkPeople.  

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    Love onions, and would love to try this with ground turkey! - 6/9/2014   3:16:45 PM
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    That looks yummy. I have to try that the next time I cook a burger. Thanks - 8/15/2013   7:42:05 AM
    My favorite burger is half ground turkey (leanest you can find) and half ground portabella mushrooms. Of course they're not quite half each because I add chopped onion, bell pepper, salt and pepper. These are not great on the grill but fry them up in a pan (with no added fat) and'll be hoping there's leftovers! - 7/4/2013   3:48:56 PM
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    I've always bought 80/20 ground beef simply because I didn't really know how to preserve the moisture. Finally, a pretty simple answer not to mention the additional about adding spinach. Who couldn't use more greens in their diet? I will be buying leaner beef and trying this recipe and I know I don't really need that handy little prep tool but of course now I want one! - 7/3/2013   10:43:20 AM
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    You can also preserve the moisture in burgers by adding chopped spinach. It's a tip I picked up for making meatballs a few years ago from one of Alton Brown's recipes - 7/2/2013   6:48:36 PM
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    This is just one of the awesome recipes found in The Spark Solution. In fact, it is one of my favorites from the book. I substituted a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing for the vinegar and a tiny sprinkle of dried thyme for the fresh. You don't need a hamburger stuffer gadget, either. Just press it out thin and gather the edges up to the center and seal. It didn't take long on the grill and they were nice and juicy. - 7/2/2013   4:06:12 PM
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    love this idea, thank you! - 7/2/2013   4:00:57 PM
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    Sounds and looks awesome. I will so try this. Thanks! - 7/2/2013   11:15:46 AM
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    So that onion slice is a bit thick but I have done something similar before. Haven't ever used basalmic I used classic Worsteshire sauce but I am always down for trying something new... I also love the surf and turf the hubs makes similar concept vastly different burger---thin cooked Maryland style crab cake inside of a burger--Yum! - 7/2/2013   10:36:28 AM
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    That's... actually genius. One of the first Spark ideas regarding burger I've liked.

    And when grilling for me and a bunch of my college buddies, what (even a stuck up frat boy macho man) is going to complain about a burger with portabello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and onions built in? I just hope the beef doesn't crumble when it's grilled - 7/2/2013   9:49:11 AM
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    This sounds sooooo good!!! - 7/2/2013   9:42:59 AM
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    cant wait to try this! Will be grilling on the 4th!!! - 7/2/2013   1:42:42 AM

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