Lower-calorie beef burgers recipe

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Nutrition per portion

Calories 242 kCal 12%
Fat 8g 11%
  -  Saturates 3gg 15%

Sometimes you just can’t beat a succulent beefburger so make this healthier version of a fast food favourite.


  • 450g pack extra-lean minced beef (less than 5% fat)
  • 1 medium carrot, about 100g (3½ oz), peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • To serve:
  • 6 white muffins
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • A few lettuce leaves
  • 6 small gherkins, halved
  • Bamboo skewers


  • Mix the minced beef, grated carrot and onion, chopped parsley, seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Shape the mixture into 6 burgers. Chill for at least 10 mins, or longer if you like.

  • Set the grill/griddle to medium. Split each muffin in half and place under the grill or on the griddle to toast them lightly on both sides.

  • Grill the burgers for 3-4 mins on each side, until cooked through.

  • Put a slice of tomato on 6 of the muffin halves, then arrange a few lettuce leaves on top, and then a burger. Place the other half of the muffin on top. Hold each burger together with a bamboo skewer, which has a halved gherkin on it.

Top tip for making Lower-calorie beef burgers

Woman's Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon recommends adding the carrot and onion to the burger helps to keep the meat moist

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