Blend & Extend: Classic Cheeseburger
In the heat of the summer, making meals lighter and healthier is always a welcome idea. The Blendability concept is perfect for summer! Adding finely-chopped mushrooms to your meals lightens the dish, adds nutrients and let’s you extend your delicious Beef throughout the week.
This week, all I can think about is burgers. Whether you do these in a pan, or on the grill, you’ll be enjoying juicy Classic Cheeseburgers that will have everyone asking for more.
Blending finely chopped mushrooms and lean ground beef give burgers an incredible texture and flavour. Even the biggest meat lover will be asking for seconds.
Serves 6 | Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins.
8 oz fresh button Mushrooms
1/4 cup oats
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp dried minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp salt
6 slices Cheddar cheese
6 hamburger buns
Traditional toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard
Place the mushrooms and oats in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the beef, seasoning blend and salt. Pulse until well combined. Form the mixture into six 4-inch patties.
Set a greased grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the burgers on the pan, and cook, without turning, for 5 to 7 minutes. Flip burgers and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add cheese and cook for 1 minute more. Serve on hamburger buns with traditional toppings.
Variation: For a gourmet cheeseburger replace the Cheddar with crumbled blue cheese and garnish with caramelized onions.
Tip: Chill the patties for 30 minutes before cooking on an outdoor grill to ensure they hold together well and flip easily.
Per Serving: Calories 315, Sodium 677mg, Protein 24.5g, Fat 12g, Carbohydrates 27.5g, Dietary Fibre 2g