Classic Hamburger for Two

Classic Hamburger for Two

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011

Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers for two. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle relish
  • ½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 8 ounces lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sesame-seed or other hamburger buns, toasted
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 leaves green-leaf lettuce


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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).
  2. Combine onion, oil and 1½ teaspoons ketchup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 5 to 8 minutes more. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1½ teaspoons ketchup, mayonnaise, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add beef, Worcestershire (or steak sauce) and pepper to the onion and gently combine without overmixing. Form into 2 patties, about ¾ inch thick.
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  6. Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the ketchup-mayonnaise sauce, tomato slices and lettuce.
  7. Stovetop Variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F (for pork and bison) or 165 degrees (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare ketchup-mayonnaise sauce (Step 3) and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 204 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 93 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 2,014 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 104 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 485 mg sodium; 296 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (40% daily value), Folate (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

September 19, 2018
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By: Jean Lunt
These are great except whoever calculated the nutritional info, I can't figure out how! 8 ounces of ground sirloin is 400 calories/200 per serving. So where're the calories for the bun? I calculated this on myfitnesspal and came up with 358 calories per serving - which is still fine for a treat. I still need to allow some for a side dish like a salad or a small serving of baked fries. So dinner may end up being 450-500 calories!!
March 10, 2017
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By: Sclark101613
This was very tasty and easy. It's so nice to be able to eat a yummy burger at home! I used the George Foreman grill and my toster.
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