Hi there! On this ‘episode’ of Get Cookin’, I want to share with you my version of a healthy burger. They are delicious and hearty, without the unnecessary calories that a typical burger will have. So let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
1. Lean burger meat – You can use ground turkey or chicken if you really want to amp up the healthiness factor. My husband prefers 96% lean beef so that’s what I opt for.
2. Toppings – anything you like on your burger. A typical array for us would be lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, and cheese (without cheese will lower the calories tremendously). We incorporate mushrooms as well for an added flavor boost.
3. Eggs (2)
4. Salt, pepper, and cooking spray
5. And of course, burger buns.
Once you have your ingredients, let’s get cookin!
- In a large mixing bowl, hand mix the beef, salt, and pepper. The secret to a juicy burger? Put in half of one egg (whites or yolk, whatever you prefer). Save the other half of the egg in a bowl to use for later. Incorporate everything together. You don’t want to overmix the meat because it will fall apart.
- Turn on your stove to medium/high heat. You are looking for a nice sear on your meat so it can hold in the moisture and give it a beautiful color. Spray a little cooking spray onto your pan.
- Place your meat patties in the pan and let it go. Don’t turn them too soon – wait about 2-3 minutes or so before turning.
- Now it’s time to flip. Once you flip the burgers, lower the heat to low/medium. After about 1-2 minutes, turn it to low and place a lid over your pan. This will allow the meat to cook through without burning the patties.
- While your burgers cook, heat up another pan to cook your eggs. The first time my husband asked for eggs on his burger, I kinda looked at him a side eye, but it’s actually quite delicious and gaining popularity! Make your eggs however you like; sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, doesn’t matter.
- Once your done, check on your meat and make sure it’s cooked through. There are lots of great tools in the supermarket you can buy to make this a little easier i.e. meat thermometers. What I do is stick a knife through and check with my own eyes. CAUTION: Because of the eggs you added to the meat, the burgers will be really juicy. Be prepared for ‘juice’ to come out. Funny story: Before, I never used to cut into the meat, and the first time my husband bit into one of my burgers, it was a huge mess and pretty gross in my opinion. Hence, I always make sure to cut the burger even just a little so disaster won’t strike again!
- Now, it’s time for the fun part – Assembling everything! There’s nothing too special in this step. Assemble all your ingredients the way you’d like. Generally, I do bun, lettuce, onion, burger patty, cheese, and egg on top. It avoids everything from falling apart.
Next time you are in the mood for a burger, why not make them yourself! It’s so much healthier and delicious compared to fast foods/restaurants, plus it will impress the heck out of your family.