Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recipe of the Week #1!

My first ever recipe of the week is Terrific Teriyaki Burgers. This is a contest winning, healthy burger recipe that I found online, and it is so amazingly good. This burger has an asian flair to it, but instead of using high-fat marinades and dressings, it uses ingredients found in an Asian kitchen such as green onion and ginger. I  really like it and I hope that you will too! Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think! Love, hate, a picture, anything!

Here is the original recipe that I found online and below it I will put anything that I changed.

Terrific Teriyaki Burgers:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 6 slices unsweetened pineapple
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices tomato

  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple, ginger, garlic and sesame oil; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg white, bread crumbs, onions, crushed pineapple and 3 tablespoons reserved ketchup mixture. Crumble beef and turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six burgers.
  • Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear, brushing occasionally with remaining ketchup mixture.
  • Grill pineapple slices for 2-3 minutes on each side or until heated through. Serve burgers and pineapple on buns with lettuce and tomato. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 burger equals 386 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 677 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein. 

Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

That is the original, now here is what I did:

I replaced the ground turkey with ground beef and made it an all beef burger. The reason is because on the website I found it from, a lot of people were saying that the burger was falling apart while they cooked. Using all beef eliminated the problem, so find the leanest ground hamburger meat that you can and use that if you'd like. Also, since I live in an apt that doesn't allow us to use grills, I made my burgers on the stove top. This recipe made 9 medium sized burgers for me, not the 6 that it says in the recipe, but that all depends on how thick you want your burgers. Depending on this thickness, fry your burgers in a non-stick pan (or with some oil) for 3-5 minutes on each side (again, depends on the thickness, keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn). I am the Queen of Burning Things. I really should have a crown. These burgers, I can tell you, still taste good with a bit of a char :P I also used normal soy sauce, not reduced sodium, because I bought the wrong kind. Still tastes amazing! Powdered ginger and garlic can be substituted but the fresher the ingredient, the better.

Happy Cooking! Please leave any suggestions for types of food that you would like to see. Stay Tuned!


Ana said...

Now it works :) YAY! SO this burger sounds very yummy! I can't wait to read more of your recipes.. they always seem delicious (and healthy!)