Classic Hamburger for Two

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Classic Hamburger for Two

Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers for two. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Yield: 2 servings
Active Time: 45
Total Time: 45


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 8 ounces lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sesame-seed or other hamburger buns, toasted
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 leaves green-leaf lettuce


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).
  2. Combine onion, oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 5 to 8 minutes more. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup, mayonnaise, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add beef, Worcestershire (or steak sauce) and pepper to the onion and gently combine without overmixing. Form into 2 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  6. Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the ketchup-mayonnaise sauce, tomato slices and lettuce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare ketchup-mayonnaise sauce (Step 3) and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  • Stovetop Variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F (for pork and bison) or 165° (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 378
fat 16 g (5 g sat, 7 g mono)
cholesterol 71 mg
carbohydrates 31 g
protein 27 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 537 mg
potassium 529 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (41% daily value), Zinc (39% dv), Iron (26% dv), Folate (24% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 2

Exchanges 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2011