Inside Out Burgers

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Inside Out Burgers

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 261.8
  • Total Fat: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 60.0 mg
  • Sodium: 324.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 29.9 g

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Introduction

Lean beef can dry out easily, and it lacks the flavor of fatter cuts. So how do you create a burger you'll crave? You fill it with the good stuff. Lean beef can dry out easily, and it lacks the flavor of fatter cuts. So how do you create a burger you'll crave? You fill it with the good stuff.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound (16 ounces) extra lean ground beef (96/4)
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 small onion, cut into four slices
    1 teaspoon fresh thyme
    2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    4 whole-wheat sandwich thins, toasted
    1 large tomato (3" diameter), cut into four slices
    4 large lettuce leaves



Tips

This recipe is from The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health, the new book from the experts at SparkPeople.


Chef Meg's son Ian specializes in what he calls "Juicy Lucys." He puts onions, mushrooms, peppers, or cheese inside a serving of extra lean turkey or beef and grills it. The result? A burger that will satisfy even teenage boys. This version is slightly more sophisticated but just as simple. The balsamic and thyme add great flavor, and you'll find that you need little more than juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and perhaps a smear of good quality mustard (or a squirt of ketchup).


Directions





Preheat an outdoor grill to 400 degrees or a skillet over medium heat.
Divide the beef into four servings. Flatten each serving into a 5-inch circle.



Sprinkle on the black pepper, then top with an onion slice, thyme and vinegar.




Fold up the sides of the meat to seal the toppings inside.


Place the burgers on the grill or in the skillet and cook four to five minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Serve each burger on a sandwich thin with one slice each tomato and lettuce.


Serving Size: 1 burger (approximately 3 ounces cooked meat)
Yields: 4 burgers

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    yum, yum, yum. the whole family enjoyed the juicy surprise of sweet onion slice built right in, definitely worth the time and effort to have such a satisfying burger choice - 6/21/13

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Great burger! I don't eat much eat, but who can resist the occasional burger during the summer? Using local grass fed beef, this was juicy and very satisfying. Loved the unexpected flavours of the fresh thyme and balsamic vinegar. - 7/17/12

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Had this burger tonight as part of the Spark Solution...Loved it and my picky husband even ate it. - 5/15/13

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love ground chicken breast instead and add just a dollop of Greek yogurt in the meat to keep it moist! - 6/21/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    These are wonderfully delicious burgers! The flavor was intense and the onion made it more robust and satisfying. I highly recommend this recipe! - 6/21/13

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