Surprise your Memorial barbecue guests with these beef burgers stuffed with savory mushrooms and provolone cheese.
For most people Memorial Day brings pictures of sunny beach barbecues and remembering the sacrifices our veterans made for our country. In Seattle, it brought pictures of big droplets of rain creating gigantic puddles on the roads – along with barbecues and visits to veterans memorials.
The rain didn’t stop me from getting outside to weed the garden. I put on a rain coat and hat, then spent the day cleaning up the yard. By the time we got ready to barbecue, I was covered in mud. Even the hat couldn’t keep the rain from plastering my hair to my head and dripping water into my eyes.
I look at it as time well spent. Who wants to weed when the sun is warming the deck, and a good book is waiting for me to lounge in the lawn chair?
With dry hair and clean clothes, it was time to fire up the barbecue. We skipped the chips and dip, and salad – who needs sides when you have a juicy char-broiled burger to sink your teeth into?
The combination of herbs in a simple Ranch dressing mix works well in ground beef. I prefer Uncle Dan’s because the I can actually recognize the ingredients.
Once we had our ground beef seasoned, we decided to jazz them up a bit and stuff them with woodsy mushrooms and creamy provolone cheese. Now we had a burger stuffed with some very tasty ingredients!
That’s what I call a beefy burger, and as you can see, we got our vegetables in. Who needs that salad!
- 10 ounces ground beef chuck, 8 percent fat
- 1 ½ tablespoons Uncle Dan's Original Southern Ranch Dressing mix
- 2 slices provolone cheese
- 2 large mushroom , sliced
- 2 large whole wheat hamburger buns
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 2 slices tomato
- 1 cup lettuce
- Preheat grill to medium.
- Combine beef and Uncle Dan's dressing mix.
- Split beef in quarters and press into 1/4" rounds.
- Layer provolone cheese and 1 mushroom on one beef round. Top with another beef round and press the edges together, taking care to seal well so that the cheese doesn't ooze through while cooking.
- Cook burgers on the grill 4 - 5 minutes per side until no longer pink inside. Don't overcook or your burger will be tough.
- Top burger with mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Grass-fed beef is a bit pricier, but grain-fed cows tend to have more fat. The fat in grain-fed beef isn’t as high in those heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that we all want in our diet for their blood pressure lowering, heart attack reducing benefits. Not to mention the fact that grass fed beef doesn’t contain residues of antibiotics used to keep disease away.
Lean beef is also a terrific source of protein. Protein is a fundamental part of every cell in your body. We use it for growth and also to repair our organs, skin, hair, and nails. In addition, protein is involved in the building of our bones, muscles and blood. Pretty important stuff! Just 3 or 4 ounces can provide a person with half a day’s requirement of this macronutrient.
Mushrooms are super high in selenium, vitamin B2, copper, Vitamin B3, tryptophan, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Mushrooms contain powerful phytonutrients that contribute to overall health, as well as protecting against certain cancers such as breast cancer. Selenium contributes to the proper function of our antioxidant system. Zinc promotes immune function. There is a list a mile long of the benefits of mushrooms. They should be an addition to any healthy eating plan.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 14.98g
Total Carbs: 28.94g
Dietary Fiber: 5.41g
Weight Watchers Points 9
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.