Cheddar Burgers on Lettuce

Servings 4 people


  • 1 7-oz. can chipotle chili peppers
  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Steak seasoning
  • 4 1-oz. slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 large leaves romaine lettuce
  • Your favorite burger toppings: tomatoes red onion, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup (just watch carb counts; this recipe leaves a lot of wiggle room).


  • DO-AHEAD TIP: Prepare beef patties and chill for at least 30 minutes (see recipe)
  • Process chipotle peppers in a blender until smooth.
  • Reserve 4 teaspoons of the puree for this recipe and freeze the remainder in an airtight container for another use, if desired. Place ground beef in a large bowl.
  • With your very clean hands, blend together reserved puree, ground beef, and steak seasoning; divide mixture evenly into 8 patties.
  • Place 1 cheese slice on each of 4 patties and top with remaining 4 patties, pressing the edges together to seal; cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat outdoor or indoor grill or oven broiler. Grill/broil burgers for 7 to 8 minutes per side or until beef is no longer pink.
  • Serve burgers on lettuce leaves with desired toppings.


LC SERVING SUGGESTION: Grilled or steamed asparagus and sliced English cucumber drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. SERVING SUGGESTION: Add a bowl of raw baby carrots. KOSHER: Use kosher ground beef. Use soy cheese or skip. Make sure mayo is dairy-free if using. GLUTEN-FREE: Make sure canned chipotle peppers and steak seasoning are gluten-free. (And watch your burger toppings.) NUTRITION: per serving: 357 Calories; 5g Fat; 19g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 37mg Cholesterol; 211mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable. Points: 4
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