Juicy burgers are an American favorite. Barbecue sauce mixed in with the meat gives a barbecue flavor without having to heat up the grill. It also helps make these lower-fat burgers moist.
Ground buffalo meat is now available in most supermarkets. It has a real beef flavor and makes a great burger. If it’s not available, look for grass-fed or 98 percent fat-free ground beef.
Hamburger tips: When shaping the burgers, handle them lightly. Don’t squeeze or compact them. When cooking, don’t press the burgers with a spatula.
Tomato and onion salad: Slice two ripe tomatoes and arrange on dinner plates. Sprinkle each with a tablespoon of diced red onion and drizzle with a tablespoon of reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing.
This meal contains 611 calories per serving with 21 percent of calories from fat.
• Any type of barbecue sauce can be used.
• Any type of sweet onion can be used for the salad.
• Diced onion is used in both recipes. Prepare it at one time and divide accordingly.
• Prepare burgers.
• While burgers cook, assemble salad.
To buy: 3/4 pound ground buffalo or ground grass-fed beef, 1 bottle barbecue sauce, 1 package whole wheat hamburger rolls, 2 red onions, 1 package sliced portobello mushrooms, 2 tomatoes.
Staples: Canola oil, reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing, salt, black peppercorns.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 14 cookbooks including her newest, “The Flavors of the Florida Keys” and “Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes.” Visit Linda on her web page at www.DinnerInMinutes.com or e-mail her at LindaDinnerInMinutes.com.
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