Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pizza Burgers

1 lb 96% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 salt
3 oz low fat Mozzarella cheese thinly sliced (I used shredded)
1/2 cup Main Event Marinara (pg 162) - or other low fat, low sodium, low sugar marinara sauce
4 whole wheat or whole grain hamburger buns

Preheat grill to high heat

In a large bowl mix beef, oregano, garlic powder, pepper flakes and salt until well combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shaping them into balls, packing tightly as you do. Press each into a patty that is about 1/2 inch larger in diameter than the buns.

Grill the burgers for 2 about 2 minutes per side for medium rare or until desired doneness. Do not smash the burgers with a spatula! About 1 minute before the burgers are done divide the cheese slices between the burgers and melt it on top.

Meanwhile, warm the sauce in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and toast the buns.

Spread 2 tablespoons sauce on the inside of each bun top and put the burger on the bun bottom.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 304
Protein 32g
Carb 27g
Fat 9g
Sat Fat 3g
Chol 68mg
Fiber 5g
Sodium 605mg

**We loved these burgers; a great way to use the leftover marinara and mozzarella from the Grilled Chicken Parmesan that we made on Sunday. The burgers were very tasty...I would season them this way again, even without the marinara and mozzarella.

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