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Leaner Beef Burger with Special Sauce

Classic Beef Burger

Regular ground beef is high in fat and so it is hard to fit a beef burger into a healthy diet, but we know ground chicken and turkey don’t always cut it, so instead this burger cuts the beef with mushrooms, allowing a real beef burger with all the flavor and half the fat.

Don’t miss our Fresh Families version of special sauce, quick and easy to make and so much better for you than traditional burger sauces.

You can make this even leaner with extra lean ground beef, but since it can be harder to find and more expensive and a bit harder to work with we made it with regular ground beef.

You can also cut calories by using a 100 calorie whole grain flat bun or leaving the bun off altogether.

Serve with a large salad. 

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  • 4Servings


Beef Burger

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 8 ounces portobello or cremini mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 whole grain buns, split
  • 4 whole grain buns, split

Special Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ Israeli pickle, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon silan
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)


  1. Prepare special sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl and stirring well, add water to achieve desired consistency, set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions and mushrooms and sauté 10 to 12 minutes or until caramelized and soft. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.
  3. To the bowl, add ground beef and freshly cracked black pepper. Divide into 4 portions and form into ½-inch thick patties.
  4. Clean the saute pan and add a little more oil just to coat the bottom. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, turning half way through or cook burgers on a preheated grill for 8 minutes per side for medium rare or about 12 minutes per side for medium or longer depending on desired doneness.
  5. Remove from grill or pan and let rest for 5 minutes. Place each burger on a whole grain bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tablespoon Special Sauce, and a slice of tomato.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 600
  • Carbohydrate Content: 42.3 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 100 mg
  • Fat Content: 28.5 g
  • Protein Content: 41.8 g
  • Sodium Content: 511 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10.7 g