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Baked Cheese Burger & A Lesson in Fat

September 28, 2012

Today it was Bake Bleu Cheese Burgers for dinner and it was pretty fantastic. I did, however, learn a valuable lesson, you should bake everything you can. The reason? The reason is because I’m pretty sure all packaging lies (wait until I talk about Net Carbs pretty soon) and not just a little white lie, a HUGE bold-faced lie. We bought 98% fat-free ground sirloin which if one follow any logical thinking path would be pretty lean. Well as my next picture will show, that is simply untrue and fair warning this might not be great for those with weak constitutions:

 

Baked Cheeseburger, swimming in fat

Baked Cheeseburger, swimming in fat, 98% fat free huh?

Now I’ll be honest ever since starting this diet I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the whole fat content thing, because I always just assumed when you buy something that nearly 100% fat-free would be nearly fat-free. As you can see though, that really isn’t all that true. That was lie one out of six today (yes I was lied to six times today and yes I counted this as one of them). It is important when you’re on a low carb diet to be 100% sure of what you’re eating because you do have to eat a lot of LEAN meat on the diet otherwise your heart will suffer. Anyway, on to the recipe:

Pre-heat the oven to 350

While pre-heating, in a glass bowl, mix together 1 lb of ground beef, one whole egg, thyme, basil and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar (don’t cheap out on it, the good stuff is tastier). I suppose you could use Worcestershire sauce but my wife isn’t crazy about that and loves BV so I use that wherever I would normally use the Worcestershire, it is quite good. Anyway, mix all that stuff together really well, then, with wet hands (keeps it from sticking to you) pat out four equal sized burgers and place into a cast iron skillet (or grill in my instance) and put in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes for medium-well (times are always varied because apparently physics works different in different kitchens). Once they’re out of the oven and done to your tastes slice some bleu cheese and place a slice on top. I wasn’t planning on this final step because I was using 98% lean beef but as the above picture shows, you have to drain the stuff so do that. Once the cheese has sufficiently melted, serve and enjoy.

 

Burgers, drained

Burgers, drained