After watching many a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution episode, I experimented with delicious burger recipes that include wholesome veggies and spices and low-fat meat, but will still entice the appetite of my meat-loving husband. Here’s the winning recipe, which received a surprised look and yummy noises.
Oh-so-delicious healthy cheeseburgers
- 2 plain turkey or beef hamburger patties
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp. EVOO
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup chopped mixed bell peppers
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese, blue cheese or feta cheese (I prefer goat)
- 2 whole-wheat sandwich thins (look like thin burger buns)
Grill burgers on a gas/charcoal grill or George Foreman grill to your preferred color (or in the case of turkey, until fully cooked, white and tender), using red pepper flakes, salt and pepper as the seasoning.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet, then add onion and garlic. When onions begin to turn clear, add bell peppers. After another 2 minutes, add spinach. Saute spinach mixture until spinach is just wilted.
Toast sandwich thins on bagel mode in the toaster, or over your grill. Stack a burger pattie with half the spinach mixture then half the crumbled cheese. Press top of sandwich thin down on stack firmly so it melds together a bit. Take a giant bite and enjoy, with one pinky in the air of course.
Pair with a good beer.. I prefer an amber like Sam Adams Oktoberfest or Killians. For a side, try legit french fries instead of the typical greasy-fried heart attack by baking fresh potato slices with a bit of olive oil and sea salt.