Hearty Backyard Burgers Recipe
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Hearty Backyard Burgers Recipe

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I like to toast rye rolls or whole wheat hamburger buns on the grill for a few minutes while the burgers finish cooking. Then I top the burgers with ketchup and pickle planks right before serving.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 6 rye rolls or whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 12 tomato slices

Nutritional Facts

1 filled pita half: 307 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Cover and grill over medium-high heat or broil 4 in. from the grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  4. Serve on rolls with lettuce and tomato slices. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Backyard Burgers in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p27

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Smee7678 User ID: 7144300 225557
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"This is a family favorite."

Arader User ID: 2230388 106364
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"I make these burgers often - this is one of my husband's favorite recipes."

yeszsqmy User ID: 1260960 70626
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2008

"you can get rye rolls at most bakkeries or even at your local grocery store"

mdbuck User ID: 3070299 206276
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2008

"so where do you get rye rolls?"

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