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Perfect Burger for the Long Weekend

Perfect Burger

Listen up folks: I never buy frozen burgers anymore! There is absolutely no need to with a recipe like this.

Those who know me know I like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I pride myself on preparing foods from scratch as often as I can, for Dom, Julian, and friends and family. It’s healthier. Who would feel guilty about eating this burger at 195 calories? I sure wouldn’t!

I bought myself a burger maker – yes, a cylinder type burger former – and a scale. I measure out my meat individually into 6 oz patties, then shape them, and either freeze or use them. In 20 minutes, you and yours can eat a healthier meal.

Burger Ingredients:

Prep Time: 15 minutes. Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp regular or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sale
  • 500g medium ground beef (I use the regular) 

Cooking Burger Instructions:

Preheat BBQ to medium. In a large bowl, whisk egg with mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.  Crumble in beef and gently mix together, (please don’t overmix the meat!). This is where I measure out my patties onto my scale and target about 6 oz for each. Shape into 4 burgers, each about 1 inch thick. You can also invest in a burger former; I got mine at Winner’s about 10 years ago. It makes 2 burger shapes at once. Using your thumb, make a shallow depression in the centre of each. This helps the patties keep their shape during cooking.

Oil the grill. BBQ burgers, with lid closed, until cooked through (approx. 6-8 minutes per side).

And that’s it!  You’ve got the perfect burgers.  After you give this a try, I bet you won’t buy any more frozen burgers either.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this or other recipes. Even better, I’ll happily taste test. You cook and I’ll bring the beer!

I got this recipe from chatelaine.com (July 2010).

PER BURGER: 195 calories, 21g protein, 12g fat, 369 mg sodium.

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