Thursday, May 14, 2009

(34) Onion-Smothered Italian Burgers

This dinner was AWESOME!!! I freaking loved these burgers, I can't even begin to tell you how good they were! Very moist and flavorful, but not overpowering. YUM. And the onions were divine! This one's a keeper for sure!!

Onion-Smothered Italian Burgers

Source: Cooking Light Magazine, August 2008
Yield: 4 burgers

Serve corn on the cob as a quick and easy side dish and low-fat strawberry ice cream for dessert.

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 pound ground beef, extra lean
Cooking spray
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, sugar, salt, and pepper to pan. Cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar to the pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

2. Combine cheese and next 5 ingredients (through beef) in a medium bowl; shape meat mixture into 4 (3-inch) patties. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and top half of each bun.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 330 (24% from fat), Fat: 8.9g (sat 3g,mono 3.7g,poly 1.5g), Protein: 28.9g, Carbohydrate: 33.7g, Fiber: 2.9g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Iron: 4mg, Sodium: 541mg, Calcium: 142mg

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