Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Low Fat Hamburger

Hamburgers originated in the 1800's. The exact person who invented them is not known but one thing we do know, we love hamburgers. It's hard to imagine not being able to have them. The secret is keeping them low fat. Making low fat hamburgers at home will keep us proactive in our health choices. Here are two variations that are both tasty and low in fat.

Low Fat Hamburgers

One pound lean ground chuck. The leaner the meat,the less fat content You can also mix a half pound ground chuck with a half pound of ground turkey for less fat intake.
One egg white
1/2 cup croutons.
1/4 cup Worcestershire or A-1 sauce
Seasoning Salt
1/2 cup onion (optional)

In large bowl put ground chuck or half ground chuck and half ground turkey. Add crushed croutons, sauce preference, egg white and 2-3 shakes of Seasoning Salt. The onion will help add juiciness to your burger. If you don't care for onions, you can add chopped mushrooms or green pepper for additional flavor. Mix ingredients well and put into patties. Lean beef can be dry. One pound of meat will make about 4-5 patties depending on the size you like. Grilling will drain more fat from the burgers and give them that delectable smoky flavor, but you can also bake these. When baking put metal screen in pan first, then burgers on top. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. It is important to have an internal temperature of 160 degrees for burgers. After approximately 30 minutes, check your burgers. If not done, manage time accordingly. You now have juicy, and delicious low fat burgers. Serve with your favorite side dish and beverage and enjoy!

The lowest fat burger is one without the meat. Many vegetarian burgers are made like the one below.

Vegetarian Burger

3 leafs Romaine lettuce
1/2-cup alfalfa sprouts
One slice tomato
One slice Low Fat American Cheese (Optional)
4 -5 slices cucumber
2 slices whole wheat bread or a whole wheat bun
One tablespoon low fat mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper

On your bread or bun, put romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, tomato and then cucumber slices. On top of bun put your mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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