Homemade Healthy Hamburgers

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Hamburgers are a classic example of a ‘comfort food’ that can fit into your healthy eating lifestyle IF you make them yourself! And it’s so easy… and fast when you know how! And once you make your own, I guarantee you will find that your Homemade ones taste better 90% of the time than anything you can buy anywhere.

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Homemade Healthy Hamburgers

Ingredients

HAMBURGER PATTY

  • 12 oz Lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion
  • 3 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbl Rosemary
  • 3 Tbl Bread crumbs
  • 1 ea Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / pepper - each
  • 3 Tbl Worchester sauce
  • 3 Tbl Olive oil

TOPPINGS

  • 1 cup Onion Slices - Sauteed
  • 3 leaves Romaine lettuce or chopped kale
  • 2 cup Tomato
  • 3 oz Cheddar cheese
  • 3 rolls Whole wheat bread or roll

Directions

Blend The Beef Patty….

  • 1)

    Finely chop and quickly saute the red onion (3-4 mins on med heat). Set aside.

  • 2)

    In a bowl, place the hamburger patty ingredients (all but the beef):  sauteed red onions, finely chopped rosemary and garlic, bread crumbs, egg, worchester sauce, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

  • 3)

    Add the ground beef to the bowl.

  • 4)

    Blend thoroughly, gently and quickly – with a wooden spoon or with your hands.

  • 5)

    TIP:  avoid over-mixing which can make your hamburgers tough.

  • 6)

    Form into three (3) 4” patties.

The Toppings….

  • 1)

    Prepare the toppings:  thinly slice the white onions;  slice the tomato and the cheddar cheese; wash and dry the romaine lettuce.

Cook the beef patty…

  • 1)

    In a skillet on medium heat, warm the olive oil, and then place the patty.  Cook each side for 2-3 minutes.  Melt the cheese on top once you flip the burger.

  • 2)

    Once your patty is cooked, set aside.  Quickly saute the sliced white onions in the pan with the fond and flavorings from the beef patty.

  • 3)

    If desired, toast your bread or roll.

Making your Hamburger….

  • 1)

    Layer your burger:  roll “bottom”, condiment(s) of your choice, lettuce, cooked hamburger patty, tomato, sauteed onions and roll “top.”

  • 2)

    SERVE with a raw pickle or a side salad!   (And a napkin!)   Enjoy.

7 Comments

  • Beth Erickson

    November 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Why are we adding bread crumbs to hamburger? I do not understand

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 13, 2018 at 2:04 am

      Hi Beth, great question! Breadcrumbs will help make the hamburger lighter in texture. If breadcrumbs do not appeal to you, you can always leave them out for a denser patty that fits your needs. Either way, we hope you enjoy the recipe! warmly, Maddy

    2. homemade

      November 13, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Beth Anna jumping in with some more info about your question about adding bread crumbs to the burger patty mix! The other reason we’ve added the bread crumbs is that most people in the USA eat too much red meat and it’s side effects include elevated cholesterol, higher risk factors for heart disease and heart attacked, plus increased risk for certain cancers. And so this is one way to reduce the amount of red meat without sacrificing flavor! But if you don’t want to use bread crumbs, you can also grate some zucchini, strain the water out using a strainer and some paper towels and add fresh grated zucchini to your burger mix instead!

  • Bonnie

    May 17, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I use Panko bread crumbs and soak them in milk so they don’t absorb the fat from the meat. Tastes great! But Panko crumbs probably have a lot of preservatives and additives, so I am going to investigate alternatives.

    1. Homemade Method

      May 17, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Hello Bonnie! Thanks for sharing! We always encourage you to try new ways of using ingredients closer to their natural state. I would suggest first taking a look at the ingredients on the ones you currently use and compare that to the basic ingredients in fresh baked bread. Then you can totally decide what works best for you. Some bakeries mark down old bread which would be perfect for creating your own breadcrumbs with no extra preservatives, on a budget, as you support a local baker! We hope you enjoy this and many other Homemade recipes and tips! Warmly, Katy

  • Shoshona

    May 20, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I use oat bran instead of bread crumbs – lower GI and works just as well

    1. Homemade Method

      May 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Shoshona, this is a great substitution to add to your hamburgers! As oat bran carries the bulk of the fiber in a wheat grain, this adds valuable fiber to your meal as well which in turn allows your body to slow the uptake of glucose into your blood stream. Thank you so much for sharing your version of this quick dinner idea. Warmly, Maddy

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