Lean Mean Cheeseburgers

May 6 2009

Kick off grilling season with lean beef burgers.
Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff

Serves 4

Dietitian's Tip: 

Lean beef, like 95% lean ground beef, is a perfect fit for the DASH eating plan.  These beefy burgers are a splurge without the extra saturated fat.  For a perfect DASH back yard barbecue serve these burgers with fresh green salad and fresh berries for dessert.

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground beef (95% lean)
2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon steak seasoning blend
4 seeded or whole wheat hamburger buns, split
4 slices lowfat cheese, such as Cheddar or American

Toppings:
Lettuce leaves, tomato slices (optional)

Preparation: 

Place oats in food-safe plastic bag. Seal bag securely, squeezing out excess air. Roll over bag with rolling pin to crush oats to a fine consistency.

Combine ground beef, oats, and steak seasoning blend in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch patties.

Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 13 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 7 to 8 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

Line bottom of each bun with lettuce and tomato, if desired; top with burger and cheese slice. Close sandwiches.

Nutrition Information: 

Per serving: 318 calories, 10 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 33 g protein, 519 mg sodium, 3.5 g fiber.