It’s almost the weekend! This gives me a good excuse to whip up some homemade burgers, which I find much healthier than going to a fast food company for an indulgence. Going to chains to enjoy a burger can definitely add up calorie wise, especially when you tack on fries and the occasional milkshake for dessert. Can you believe that if you eat a burger out, you can be consuming close to 1,200 calories, 87 grams of fat, and 51 grams of carbs – just for the burger!
Today’s recipe will cut the calories of a chain burger by more than half, while still leaving you with a delicious meal. The only thing that I really splurged on calorie was the cheese, because I LOVE smoked Gouda on my burgers. You can choose to top your burger with a low-fat cheese or thin cheese slice to save on calories and fat.
For this recipe, I sautéed the onions and toasted the bun slightly with coconut oil, instead of butter. I personally love coconut oil as a butter and oil substitute when cooking and this gave me a healthier alternative when making my burger. I also cut the amount of fat down by using extra lean grass-fed beef (96%/4%) – delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients (Makes 1 Burger)
4-ounces 96%/4% Lean Grass-fed Beef
1 Bun (I used a gluten-free bun)
1 Slice Smoked Gouda
4 Teaspoons Coconut Oil (2 Tsp. for Onions, 2 Tsp. for Bun)
1 Small Onion, Cut
Toppings of Choice, I used Tomatoes
Burger Seasoning, to Taste
- Form beef into patty; sprinkle both sides with burger seasoning and set aside.
- Place 2 tsp. coconut oil on a pan on medium-high heat and add onions. Sautee until golden brown and set aside.
- Next, place coconut oil on both sides of bun and put bun face down onto the pan. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to achieve desired toasting of bun. Set aside.
- Spray pan with Kelapo Coconut Oil Cooking Spray or add additional coconut oil to pan and add burger patty. Let each side sear for 2-3 minutes before flipping. Add cheese and let melt.
- Transfer burger patty to bun, add condiments, and enjoy!
Now remember that you can easily make more than one burger by adding onto the amount of lean ground beef and making additional patties. Since I have Celiac Disease, I needed to use a gluten-free bun; however you don’t need to stick to this. Feel free to add your favorite toppings and condiments! The fries that I had with these were baked to avoid extra calories from deep frying and I only had a handful to help cut back as well.