I am always looking for healthy foods to make on the grill. These Chimichurri Burgers from the South Beach Diet: Taste of Summer Cookbook really fill that order. Instead of smothering your hamburger with condiments filled with hidden calories, this burger is topped with chimichurri, a thick herb sauce that hails from Argentina. Plus, we all know parsley (the herb in this sauce) is a healthy addition to any meal. I truly appreciate an alternative to the too sweet taste of ketchup
South Beach Chimichurri Burgers
from The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook
1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
3 scallions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns - lightly toasted
Make the sauce first by:
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Pulse until just puréed, about one minute. Set aside.
For the burgers:
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and combine.
- Form beef mixture into 4 patties, about 1 inch thick.
- Lightly coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray and heat to medium high.
- Grill burgers 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 degrees F.
- Serve burgers on buns topped with chimichurri sauce.
If you are following the South Beach Diet this recipe is considered a Phase 1 recipe if you forgo the bun. With the bun, it is rated as Phase 2.
Just in case you are interested in the nutritional information, here it is.
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