November 10, 2011

The New American Burger

Posted by Kristin

I love to eat. I really love to eat grilled food. To be more specific, I reaaaaally love to eat grilled burgers. The only problem is, with the way portion sizes are going these days, one burger can pack more calories than a stick of butter served with a side of bacon (or that's what it feels like). So a few months ago Mike wanted to try out a new burger recipe that was supposedly just as good as the traditional juicy burger but much healthier. We got the recipe from the January/February 2010 issue of Men's Health and we've tried it out twice now. Let's just say we usually don't repeat bad recipes so this is pretty darn good.

The recipe below makes 4 burgers so when I made it I roughly cut everything in half since each of us eating two burgers would kind of defeat the whole idea of eating healthy (even though it'd probably be fun).

Start out with your ingredients: 

1 egg
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
4 whole wheat buns
2 large tomatoes
1 avocado

Now just a note here. I only used about 1/3 of a pound of ground beef for Mike and I instead of 1/2 a pound. I like to stretch out our meat and we really didn't miss the extra meat because of all the other ingredients.

1. Start out by beating the egg in a medium size bowl.

2. Next mix the oats, onion, spinach, cheese, salt and pepper together in the same bowl as the egg.

3. Then add the ground beef and mix with a spoon.

4. Next form the mixture into burgers. They're going to be a bit sticky and you may have some ingredients left in the bowl but that's ok. Can't always get it all.

5. Then grill them up, cooking about 6 minutes per side. At this point I should say that I have a very dedicated husband who grilled in the middle of a recent crazy October snowstorm.  Lots and lots of snow (and subsequent power loss for many days!).

What a dedicated husband who loves to eat as much as me!

6. While the burgers are grilling slice and toast the buns and slice the tomatoes and avocado.

7. And eat some yummy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies while you wait (assuming you made them like I did).

8. Then assemble your burgers: top of bun + burger + lettuce (if you want it) + sliced tomatoes and avocado + top of bun.

9. Then bon appetit! While we were waiting for the burgers to grill I sauteed the remaining spinach with some olive oil and onions and cooked up some fries. We chose our beverages of choice (a nice, hoppy IPA) and our Saturday night dinner was good to go. By the way, fries + bbq sauce = yumminess.

And because Mike insisted I should let you know, just to keep it real, yes I wear an apron (and apparently keep my scarf on while I cook too!).

Hey honey, want some dinner?

And just to show you a bit more on this crazy storm (especially for you non-New Englanders):

It started out as a pretty snow fall around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, so we took my sister's dog, Bella, out for a walk:

So cute!

I think I may dognap her someday....just don't tell my sister.

And this is what we woke up to the next morning:

It looked like this all around us.

We got about 1 foot of snow!

Our car was originally parked here but Mike moved it late at night- thank God he did!

Bella had a pretty good time in the snow while we dug out.

And then we went and crashed our friends' houses who had power (and coffee) for the next 4 days. The End.

1 comment:

  1. That burger looks so good! I'm going to try this ASAP!