Lightened up Cheeseburgers!

Cheeseburger on Whisk Together


Yep, you can even lighten up a cheeseburger!  Don’t give them up – here’s how!  They calculate 360 calories per burger – which may be less depending on your bun.  I use Healthy Life buns without the HFCS and using whole grains.

This is also my new favorite way to cook burgers.  Since the kids don’t like them pink, I have to cook them well done or almost well done normally and without it getting too dry. Covering the skillet keeps the burger more moist.  The Bobby Flay burger I made before was good, but this method just seemed easier.

Cheeseburgers – Light Version
4 servings

1 slice of white bread, remove crust and chop
2 Tb. skim milk
4 oz. 99% ground turkey breast (lean!)
2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
12 oz. 93% lean ground beef
1 tsp. canola oil
4 slices reduced fat American Cheese (Boar’s head is a good brand)
4 hamburger buns, toasted

1.  Just like a meatball, in a large bowl:  mix up the bread and milk.  Then mix in your turkey, Worchestershire, salt and pepper.
2.  Sprinkle the beef over the turkey mix to make a more homogenous mixture.  Divide this into 4 hamburger patties.  You want 1/2″ thick and 4.5″ wide.
3.  In a big non-stick skillet (or cast iron), heat up the oil on MEDIUM.  Add your hamburger patties and COVER.  Cook minutes.  Flip.  COVER.  Cook 2 more minutes.  You can add cheese at this point for those that want cheese on theirs.  COVER.  Cook about 1-3 minutes or until the burger is at 160 degrees.*  Then serve with bun and any veggies you like!

*The burger needs to be well done since you have some ground turkey in there.  Don’t want getting anybody sick now.

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