If you follow these steps to a healthier burger you can still enjoy something that's big and meaty and cheesy, yet not as damaging in calories and fat as a regular burger. You’ll still need two hands to grip this slimmed down version and trust me, it'll taste just as good. In fact, these steps to a healthier burger may actually make you wish you’d known this recipe years ago!
To make two burgers you need:
8 oz lean ground beef
8 oz chestnut mushrooms
A Little olive oil
2 burger buns
2 slices of Camembert cheese
Salt and pepper to season
Extras – optional – lettuce, pickles, mustard, ketchup etc
Large skillet with tight fitting lid
Once you have gathered your ingredients, you can move on to the next steps to a healthier burger that you will be salivating for once it’s cooked.
First, chop the mushrooms up very finely – or whiz them in a food processor. Put the skillet on a medium high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. When the oil is shimmering hot, add the mushrooms and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce and season. Fry until the mushrooms are golden brown then tip out on to kitchen paper to drain the excess oil.
Peel and finely slice the onion. Put the skillet back on the heat and add another drizzle of olive oil. Add the onions and fry, stirring, until they are soft and golden brown. (About 10 minutes on a medium-high heat.) If the pan gets a little dry, add a splash of water – not more oil.
Break the ground beef into a bowl and add the cooled mushrooms. Mix together really well – your hands are the best tool for this. You need to season again at this point. If you want to test the seasoning fry a little chunk of the mix and taste, then adjust the mix accordingly. When you’re happy with the mix, divide it into 2 and form it into patties – they should be about 3 centimeters thick.
Put the skillet back on a high heat. Lightly brush the patties all over with olive oil and put into the pan. Cook for three minutes and then turn them over. Fry for one minute on this side. Turn down the heat to medium. Top each patty with half the onions each and add a slice of cheese. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the pan, then put on the lid and leave to cook until tender and the cheese is all bubbly and melted. It is this “steam-frying” that helps reduce the calorie count through not needing much oil while still keeping your burger juicy. When cooked, transfer the patties to a plate and cover loosely with foil to rest for a few minutes.
Cut the buns in half and toast in the skillet to mop up the juices – as long as it’s not too wet – bubble to reduce first if it is. Add the burgers to the buns and top as you like with your favorite accompaniments.
You can now chomp down on your yummy grub knowing these steps to a healthier burger have created something fantastically delicious, indulgent yet decently nutritious. As you eat think on the nutrition facts. A traditional burger of typical form and size as this contains 940 calories, 58.7g fat, 48.8g protein, 54.7 g carbs, 2.3g salt and 3.3g of fiber. You can smile widely (not just to fit your burger in) knowing your version has 480 calories, 23.2g fat, 35.1g protein, 33.4g carbs, 1.4g salt and 7.7g fiber.
Whatever your favorite indulgent, not-so-healthy food is, you can usually find a recipe to make it healthier. Be creative and use alternatives to change up for the better. Are you going to give this yummy burger a try?
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