March 2013

Grilled Southwestern Burgers with Onions

Summer barbecues are a perfect time to try this healthier version of a traditional burger with “onion rings” – so good you won’t miss the hamburgers of old, and a nice choice if you are following CMWL modified plan. This grill-time favorite — Grilled Southwestern Burgers — look, smell, and taste great without causing too much fuss. Making these delicious burgers does not require a lot of kitchen accessories or ingredients, and doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to grill up. Adding this to your cookout repertoire is great, but including this to your meal plan is going to be awesome!

How to Make the Grilled SW Burger

Servings: 4
Estimated Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Calories per Serving: 541
Total Protein per Serving: 41 grams
Total Carbs per Serving: 55 grams
Total Fat per Serving: 17 grams
Saturated Fat per Serving: 5 grams
Total Fiber per Serving: 4 grams


1 lbs 95% lean ground beef, preferably grass-fed
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp of your favorite hot sauce
1 cup of sliced onions
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
4 whole-grain hamburger rolls (approx 1.5 oz each)
1 cup store-bought coleslaw


Grilling your delicious Southwestern Burgers is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Preheat grill. Combine beef, jalapeno, salt, and hot sauce. Once mixed, form four patties and place on grill. Cook to your desired temperature (Rare, Medium Rare, Medium, Well-Done), flipping only once to maintain the richest and healthiest flavor.
  2. While burgers are grilling, preheat a saucepan on medium and coat the pan with cooking spray. Once prepped, add onions and black pepper. Cook the onions until they begin to brown, and then add some your favorite barbecue sauce in with the onions. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until the burger patties are ready.
  3. Split the hamburger rolls and arrange them on a plate. Once the burger patties are done, place a beef patty on the bottom of each bun. Top the patty with your barbecue/onion mix then add a cup of coleslaw. Finish up by placing the top bun on each burger and enjoy your fresh, homemade Grilled Southwestern Burger with Onions.


— Doctor For Life

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