Cherry Burgers

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

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.

Companion recipe: Cherry Ketchup


Place the onion in a medium bowl, cover with ice water and let soak while you prepare the burgers.

Preheat the grill to medium (see Broiler Variation).

Place the beef in a large bowl and gently mix in the 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 the English muffins. Drain the onions. Assemble the burgers on the English muffins with the 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 the 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 Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9355

nutrition information per serving

431 calories; 10g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 65mg cholesterol; 587mg sodium; 54g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 32g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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