If you like hamburgers, you may sometimes feel guilty that you are not following the healthiest diet. There is a way to get your fill of red meat without the guilt. Simply choose lean ground beef rather than the fattier version. Cooking your burgers on the BBQ grill is another great way to keep the meal healthy. This burger recipe features 95 percent lean ground beef and has just ten grams of fat and 321 calories per one-burger serving.
• 1 pound of 95 percent lean ground beef
• 1 large sweet onion
• 8 green or red kale leaves with stems removed
• 4 ¾-inch slices of Texas toast or other hearty style of bread, toasted
• 2 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 4 slices (3 ounces) low-fat Swiss cheese
• Meat thermometer
• Basting brush
Step 1: Peel and cut the onion to create 4 slices, each ¼-inch thick. Refrigerate the remaining onion to use for another purpose.
Step 2: Loosely shape the lean ground beef into 4 patties, each ½-inch thick. Sprinkle the black pepper, salt, and garlic powder onto the patties.
Step 3: Press a slice of onion into the center of each hamburger patty. Shape the ground beef around the onion so the top of the onion and surface of the patty are flush.
Step 4: Heat the BBQ grill to medium heat. Put the patties on the grill rack so the side with the onion faces up toward you. Grill until each burger reaches a 160 degree Fahrenheit internal temperature, as measured by the meat thermometer, approximately 10 to 13 minutes. Turn patties halfway through the grilling time. Before the final minute of grilling, top each patty with a slice of Swiss cheese. Lightly brush the kale leaves with the olive oil and place them on the grill rack during the final 1 to 1 ½ minutes of grilling the burgers.
Step 5: Put two kale leaves on top of each slice of bread. Place a burger on top, with the onion side facing up toward you. Serve with lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup, relish, and other condiments.
Tip: If you prefer the onion crispier, add it to the burger halfway through grilling, after flipping the burgers. Place the onion slice on the side of the burger that has already faced down on the grill rack.