If you’re a regular here, you know I recently went to The Thurman Cafe with my fellow dietitian friend and blogger, Gina. Though I don’t normally consider myself a burger person (or a red meat lover in general), having that burger that night really stirred up a craving.
And after recent accusations of my lack of grilling 😉 …here…we…GO!
1 lb ground beef, 92% lean
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
4 Tbsp Sriracha, divided
1 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
4 slices thick cut bacon
1 large sweet onion, sliced
1/4 cup light bleu cheese dressing
4 whole wheat buns
4 slices reduced fat Swiss cheese
1 large tomato, sliced
lettuce or arugula, if desired
Mix the ground beef, soy sauce, the black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the Sriracha. Form into four patties.
While the grill is heating up, heat a skillet over medium heat and fry up the bacon until crisp, break each piece in half and set aside. In the bacon grease, cook down the onion until caramelized then set it aside. In a small bowl, mix the bleu cheese dressing and the remaining 2 tablespoons Sriracha.
Cook the burgers on the grill until they are done to your liking, placing a slice of Swiss cheese on each just before they’re done so the cheese can melt. When done, toast your buns until lightly browned. Assemble your burgers. Yield: 4 large burgers.
Nutrition Information (per prepared burger): 478 calories; 22 g. fat; 90 mg. cholesterol; 1047 mg. sodium; 38.8 g. carbohydrate; 5.5 g. fiber; 38.3 g. protein
Result: Um, what a burger! These are no joke! Believe it or not, I shaved quite a bit of calories and fat from the original — lean, lean beef (and smaller patties), light bleu cheese dressing and Swiss cheese, and also much less bleu cheese dressing. In addition to whole wheat buns for the fiber. Next time I would also use turkey bacon if I had it on hand. While these are not low-calorie, they paired perfectly with a vinegar and olive oil-based slaw that was chock-full of fresh veggies, or a simple side salad would go great. You can certainly create a very, very satisfying meal for under 600 calories. Go lighter on the sodium throughout the day…you want to “spend” your sodium for the day on the Sriracha…so good!! P.S. I thought the Sriracha would be way too much…but nope. Delicious! Enjoy!
If this aint a burger, I don’t know what is. Sometimes, you’ve just got to splurge.
Last night’s hockey skills & drills session was killer. Being on a team with all guys, I miss the bonding with female hockey players, so it was great to be back on the ice with all women. It’s also been since COLLEGE that I went through sets of skating drills and drawn-up plays. Unlike my Sunday games, we were moving almost 100% of the hour. When I pulled off my helmet in the locker room, my ponytail was DRIPPING sweat. Sexy, I know. Awesome workout…can’t wait for the next session 🙂
Off to work and then on the road! It’s my Friday (woo!) and I can’t wait to get to Chicago to see my family & friends 🙂 And to attend my cousin’s wedding!
Question: What’s on your dream burger?
See you in Chicago,