Onion-Smothered Italian Burgers

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

Serve corn on the cob as a quick and easy side dish and low-fat strawberry ice cream for dessert.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 28.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 33.7g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 541mg
  • Calcium: 142mg

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pound ground beef, extra lean
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns

Preparation

  1. 1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, sugar, salt, and pepper to pan. Cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar to the pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  2. 2. Combine cheese and next 5 ingredients (through beef) in a medium bowl; shape meat mixture into 4 (3-inch) patties. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and top half of each bun.
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