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Cherry Burgers


From EatingWell:  March/April 2008

In this healthy burger recipe, dried cherries are mixed into ground beef to reduce fat and increase antioxidants. Serve the burgers with your favorite garnishes. And, if you think that ketchup is made only from tomatoes, think again! Tart cherries are simmered in this delicious healthy ketchup recipe to make a fine condiment for just about any poultry or meat. Try the leftover ketchup with grilled chicken or pork, or as a dip with sweet potato fries.

4 servings | Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


Cherry Ketchup

Cherry Burgers


  1. To prepare the ketchup: Combine pitted cherries, dried cherries, vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, ginger, allspice, cardamom, cinnamon and cayenne in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a blender. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel. Holding lid securely in place, blend until smooth. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Transfer the ketchup to a small bowl. (Makes 1 1/3 cups.)
  2. To prepare the burgers: Place onion in a medium bowl, cover with ice water and let soak while you prepare burgers.
  3. Preheat grill to medium (see Broiler Variation).
  4. 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.)
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the patties until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160°F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  6. Toast English muffins. Drain the onions. Assemble the burgers on the English muffins with onion slices, lettuce and about 1 tablespoon Cherry Ketchup each. (Refrigerate leftover ketchup.)


Per serving : 432 Calories; 10 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 65 mg Cholesterol; 54 g Carbohydrates; 32 g Protein; 7 g Fiber; 515 mg Sodium; 504 mg Potassium

3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 3 lean meat

Tips & Notes