Monday, February 16, 2009

The Official Abs Diet Burger

This is by far my FAVORITE burger. When we tailgate at Phillies games over the summer, I always make sure I make them. They are always a hit. You almost forget that they are actually sort of "good" for you.

The Official Abs Diet Burger
adapted from Men's Health magazine


1 egg
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped spinach
2 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend part-skim Mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon garlic powder

I used my food processor to chop the onions this time. Usually when I make them, I hand-chop, but that creates too chunky of an onion. The food processor created the perfect consistency.I also used it on the spinach, but didn't take a picture of the result.


In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add everything else, mixing it--your hands are the best tool--until well blended. Form into four patties. Place burgers in a grill pan or nonstick skillet that's heated over medium-high.

Cook 6 minutes per side or to desired level of doneness.(I must make mine thicker than they do, because mine took about 7-8 min per side to cook through)

Servings: 4 (Wrap any extra burgers in plastic and freeze them for later.)

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 263 calories, 27 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 13 g fat (5 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 416 mg sodium


  1. Melisa, this is the ultimate burger. My husband and my son really like burger, so I'm bookmarking this recipe.