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Cheesesteak Burgers with Pickled Peppers, Onions, and Cucumber

Photo: Jason Varney; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 45 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

Quick pickles add tangy crunch to our fresh riff on the cheesesteak sandwich. Avoid overworking the meat when you mix and shape the patties; you run the risk of making them tough.


  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper rings
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper rings
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper rings
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (1/2-ounce) slices reduced-fat colby-Jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 392
  • fat 17.1 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 6.9 g
  • polyfat 3.3 g
  • protein 32 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 66 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 660 mg
  • calcium 184 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Place bell peppers, cucumber, onion, and 2 tablespoons dill in a large bowl; pour hot vinegar mixture over vegetables. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and discard liquid.

  2. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon dill, beef, salt, and pepper. Shape beef mixture into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes. Turn patties over; cook 2 1/2 minutes. Top patties with cheese; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

  3. Spread mayonnaise over bottom halves of buns. Top with patties. Divide vegetable mixture over patties; top with top halves of buns.

Cook's Notes

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