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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Patty Melts with Grilled Onions

Juicy hamburgers are packed with flavor from the sweet onions and spicy mustard. For a sharper onion taste, use white or red onions in place of Vidalias.

Cooking Light MAY 2008

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
  • Total: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound extralean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons creamy mustard blend (such as Dijonnaise)
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices rye bread
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Jarlsberg cheese

Preparation

1. Arrange onion slices on a plate. Drizzle vinegar over onion slices. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cover and cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; cover and keep warm.

2. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Sprinkle patties evenly with salt and pepper. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.

3. Spread about 1 teaspoon mustard blend over 4 bread slices; layer each slice with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 patty, 2 onion slices, and 2 tablespoons cheese. Spread about 1 teaspoon mustard blend over remaining bread slices; place, mustard side down, on top of sandwiches.

4. Heat pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or other heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until bread is toasted (leave cast-iron skillet on sandwiches while they cook).

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 341
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 31.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.1g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 754mg
  • Calcium: 350mg
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