September 26, 2012 9:46:17 AM
Dads love grilling. Dads love burgers. Trouble is, good burgers don't always love Dad back.
That's because great burgers often start with fatty ground beef. All that fat keeps the burgers juicy and flavorful as they grill. And then of course there is the temptation to pile on toppings and condiments, like heaps of melting cheese and thick spreads of mayonnaise.
We decided to offer up a delicious burger that also happens to be healthy.
To keep our burger lean, we went with a 95 percent lean ground beef. You also could go for ground turkey, chicken or pork, but read the packages carefully; many ground meats aren't as lean as you might think they are.
But really, this is a vegetable you would have put on the burger anyway -- caramelized onions. They add tons of flavor, moisture and virtually no calories. You also can make the onions well in advance so they're all ready to go when you want to make burgers. They even freeze well if you want to make a giant batch.
To top off the burger, we skipped the cheese and went with a quick homemade barbecue sauce. Best of all, you can make the sauce right on the grill; just bring a little saucepan out with you and do all the cooking in the same spot. You'll want to make the sauce first so that you know it's ready to go when the burgers are.
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 regular burgers or 8 sliders
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large sweet onions, sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 pound 96 percent lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 standard or 8 slider whole-grain burger buns