My best hamburger recipe cuts 124 calories by using ground beef with reduced fat content. Four ounces of 75% lean ground beef has 316 calories. Compared to only 192 calories for four ounces of 95/5 lean ground beef. A whopping 124 calorie difference. You can dramatically cut calories in hamburger meat recipes by simply reducing fat content.
Use a three ounce, 95/5 burger with tomato, lettuce, onion and Miracle Whip instead of mayo and you have a genuine low fat sandwich suited for many healthy lunch ideas.
NOTES: Some recipes call for egg and bread crumbs to hold the patty together. I've also read that too much handling of ground beef when pressing out patties makes the burger tough. I have to disagree with both statements, my burgers are always juicy even though I "knead" the beef together to eliminate air and holes, and press patties firmly enough to hold together and not fall apart. I think the real secret is to NOT overcook. It's when they are overcooked the burger gets tough.
Never press patties when they are cooking. Make the patty thinner than you want when shaping, it will shrink and get thicker as it cooks. Flattening out with a spatula while cooking squeezes out all the good flavor and makes meat tough.
Use fresh ingredients and bakery made hamburger buns. The key to the best hamburger is fresh ingredients prepared correctly.
CALORIES: 4 ounce (1/4 lb.) hamburger (lettuce, tomato, onion, Miracle Whip) = 337 calories. With cheese, 437. Make that a 3 ounce hamburger for 289 calories or 3 ounce cheeseburger for 389.
Makes 4 hamburgers/cheeseburgers
- 1 lb. 90/10 or 95/5 ground beef
- 1 t. salt
- 1/4 t. black pepper
- 4 slices American cheese (optional)
- lettuce leaves
- tomato, sliced thin
- onion, thinly sliced
- mayo, mustard, ketchup (optional)
- 4 hamburger buns
TOP WITH ANY OF THESE: Miracle Whip, mayo, ketchup, mustard, chipped dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion. Cheese: American, cheddar, swiss.
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