“I still love making hamburgers on the grill. I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me.” – Bobby Flay
"It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as hamburger, and to send it round the world so that even the fussy French have taken to le boeuf hache, le hambourgaire." – Julia Child
“We’ll be grilling Rocket Burgers” are powerful words capable of keeping my 22 year old son home for dinner on a Saturday night. Unfortunately, burgers are not usually considered a calorie counter's friend unless one is counting to gain weight. So how does a mindful calorie counter, one with an eye to reducing weight, handle eating hamburgers? This one does it by making glorious Rocket Burgers as an every now and then treat to enjoy with her son, and by experimenting with recipes and products to find lower calorie burgers worth drooling over.
I tried several of the frozen veggie patties that are available in freezer cases everywhere. They are fine when served on a bun or whole wheat English muffin with some horseradish mustard, a mound of fresh spinach, and a thick slice of red onion. Unfortunately the sodium content of processed food is not a good thing for someone like me, so I cannot enjoy veggie patties very often and needed to find a good recipe to keep sodium under control.
Squishing the seasonings into the meat or legumes with your hands is great textural fun that always reminds me of messing about in play dough and is one reason why I prefer homemade to drive through or frozen. My favorite Vegetarian recipes so far are Claire's Lentil Burger and a wonderful Black Bean Burger I found using the recipe search bar on Calorie Count. Have you ever searched for a recipe at Calorie Count? If not, give it a try!
The search for a turkey burger recipe that was acceptable took quite a bit longer than I thought it would as far too many of them were devoid of sufficiently interesting flavors to compensate for the mild taste of the turkey. This Grilled Teriyaki Turkey Burger from About.com looks absolutely fabulous! For a lover of highly seasoned and spiced food, it was obvious that turkey would need more creative seasoning than hamburger. You can't just throw on a slice of cheese and expect to have your taste buds rocked. Playing on the theme name of Rocket Burger, my husband brilliantly came up with the name Razzo Italiano Turkey Burger so all I had to do was to figure out what a burger of that name would taste like. I hope you like it. Give it and the other recipes below a try and maybe you will find a delicious alternative to traditional beef burgers. For those of you that just want a new beef recipe, I’ve also included a link to the Rocket Burgers…and the perfect oven fries to accompany it.
Razzo Italiano Turkey Burger is a recipe available at The CC Palate (for the original Rocket Burger see below).
Claire’s Lentil Veggie Burgers are the way to go for a healthy tasty meatless burger brimming with veggies.
I found this terrific Black Bean Burger on Calorie Count in a recipe search. Have you ever tried the recipe search on Calorie Count? Try a search and see what you find!
The Rocket Burger is my “go-to” regular calories-be-dratted burger. Give it a try some time when you want the real deal.
Oven Fries made with either regular or sweet potatoes have totally won me over. I actually prefer them to the drive through or frozen versions. Last time I made them I made a tray of both types and the presentation of a mix of regular and sweet potato fries was perfect.
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Do you prefer turkey, bean, or veggie burgers? What’s your favorite recipe? Have you ever made a burger that made you think “wow! I'll never eat a fast food burger again!”? Have you ever used the search bar at Calorie Count for recipes? What sides do you most like to prepare to serve with burgers? Have you tried making your own oven fries?