Southwestern Burgers

With each bite of zesty Southwestern Burgers, discover the bold tastes of cilantro and chipotle chile powder with bits of corn kernels mixed together with lean ground beef. Add an extra kick to your burger with a slice of pepper Jack cheese.


Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger, 1 bun, and 1/4 toppings)

Nutritional Information

Calories 399
Fat 15.4 g
Satfat 7.1 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 34 g
Carbohydrate 31 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 131 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 414 mg
Calcium 0.0 mg


1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 large egg
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
4 (3/4-ounce) slices pepper jack cheese
4 plain burger buns
4 red-leaf lettuce leaves
8 red onion rings


Stir ground beef, egg, chopped red onion, minced garlic, corn kernels, cilantro, and chipotle chile powder together in a large bowl; form into 4 equal-size patties. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat; cook burgers until medium-rare (5-6 minutes per side). Divide pepper jack cheese slices among cooked burgers; place on burger buns with lettuce leaves and red onion rings.


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Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth, RD,

CarbLovers Diet Cookbook,


January 2012
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