Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Low Calorie Burgers with Mustard Sauce

With more and more people choosing to eat at home, finding something to please the family that is quick, and , is not always easy. This recipe is a low-calorie that is spiced up with the addition of a mustard sauce. The burger and sauce are approximately 170 calories, and if you add a hamburger bun, check the packaging, but this usually adds about another 120 calories. You can use ground beef or lamb, and both are equally good.

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup soft bread crumbs (about 1/2 slice)
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or lamb
  • 2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together egg, bread crumbs, milk, onion, parsley, and salt. Add meat and mix well. Shape into six 1/2-inch thick patties.
  2. Place meat patties on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from the heat for 5 minutes. Turn and broil 5 to 7 minutes more or until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small bowl stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, and dill weed. Stir in cucumber. Spoon sauce over burgers.
Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories, 17 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 101 mg cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 253 mg potassium.

This recipe can be found with many other great ideas for saving calories without going crazy, in the Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter's Cookbook.

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