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Cherry Burgers

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  4 servings
Mixing dried cherries into ground beef reduces fat and increases antioxidants.
1/2   small sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, cut into thin rounds
12 ounces  lean ground beef
1/2 cup  dried cherries, finely chopped
1/2 cup  coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs  (see Note)
1 clove  garlic, minced
1 tablespoon   balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons   Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon   worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon   freshly ground pepper
4   whole-wheat English muffins, split
4   lettuce leaves
1/4 cup  Cherry ketchup (see recipe link above)

Note: We like Ian’s brand labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets.  To make your own, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F until crispy, about 15 minutes. One slice of fresh bread makes about 1/3 cup dry crumbs.
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Cherry Ketchup
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Place onion in a medium bowl, cover with ice water and let soak while you prepare burgers.

Preheat grill to medium (see Broiler Variation).

Place beef in a large bowl and gently mix in cherries, breadcrumbs, garlic, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and form into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Make a slight impression in the center of each. (This is so the patties cook evenly and don’t puff up).

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the patties until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Toast English muffins. Drain the onions. Assemble the burgers on the English muffins with onion slices, lettuce and about 1 tablespoon Cherry Ketchup each.

Tip: To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel and use tongs to rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill).

Broiler variation: Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Broil patties 3 to 4 inches from the heat source until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160 degrees F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 431
Fat. Total: 10g
Protein: 32g
Carbohydrates, Total: 54g
Fat, Saturated: 3g
Fiber: 7g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 587mg
% Cal. from Fat: 21%
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