20150224_200302Hamburgers can exceed 800-1,000 calories when you eat them at a restaurant…and “lean” would never describe those belt breakers!  However, you CAN have your delicious burger & eat it too!  Simply changing to lean beef will cut your calories and saturated fat MORE than in half!

Mix in great nutrition for both flavor and adhesiveness to your burger & don’t overcook it.  I like to use eggs, ground flax or almond or oat flour, mustard, onions, dry seasonings, salsa, fresh parmesan or asiago cheese, or sriracha.  This time, I used 2 lb. of lean beef, and made 2 separate “flavors”…some for this week, and some to cook & freeze for later!


I often opt to skip the bun and eat more veggies, but you could do a 100 calorie Sandwich Thin or High Fiber English Muffin for a great fiber/low calorie option.  Toppings like lettuce, tomato, pickles, jalapenos, peppers, and mustard are all very light–go crazy.  But be judicious (aka measure it) with ketchup, bbq sauce, cheese, avocado, or light mayo.

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When you add in this much flavor…these burgers are GOOD!  They pair well with many toppings, but stand alone pretty well, too!  My burgers were 250 calories each with the added goodies, so veggie sides are important if you like volume at dinner!  Try broccoli & wild rice, or try roasting your red potato quarters until crispy (400 F for 45-50 minutes).

Beef is a great source of creatine, protein, and iron–eat lean cuts & enjoy it!  Here are a few of the leanest:

  • Eye of Round roast or steak
  • Sirloin Tip side steak
  • Top Round roast and steak
  • Bottom Round roast and steak
  • Top Sirloin steak


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