Southwest Burgers

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Jan. 10, 2012

From juicy burgers to savoury chicken breasts, it seems like everything just tastes better grilled. Meats including burgers, steak, hot dogs, and chicken top the list of the most popular foods prepared using a grill. With the calorie-heavy holiday season coming up, men and women alike are focused on cutting calories, and grilling is a great way to do just that.

Once only a summertime treat, grilling has become a year-round activity, with many taking grilling indoors with grills such as the George Foreman. And while burgers, steak and hot dogs reign supreme as the kings of the grill, many home cooks are getting creative with their culinary grilling explorations and are adding fruit and desserts to their repertoire because it's a great way to add flavour, and not fat.

Another feature of grilling is that it can be a great way to lose the fat, but keep the flavour. George Foreman recently revealed results of independent testing that showed their grills remove up to 42 percent of fat from quarter-pound burgers made with 80/20 ground chuck beef. This translates to a reduction of approximately 89 calories per burger which is good news for families wanting great-tasting burgers, but with less fat.

Looking for some reduced-fat inspiration? Check out this mouth-watering recipe for Southwest Burgers:


Ground round 1 Pound
Shredded mexican cheese blend 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Cooking cream 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (Santa Fe blend Philly)
Chili powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Salsa 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (refrigerated, adjust quantity as needed)


Preheat George Foreman Grand Champ Slide-Temp Grill on setting 5.

In a bowl, combine all ingredients, except salsa. Toss to blend.

Shape ground beef mixture into 4 equal 4-inch patties.

Cook burgers, covered, turning once, for about 6 minutes (3 minutes per side) or to desired doneness.

Serve with salsa.

Recipe Summary

Cook Time: 6 Minutes
Ready In: 6 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 296Calories from Fat 188

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.3%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 471 mg19.63%

Total Carbohydrates 2 g0.7%

Dietary Fiber %


Protein 25 g50%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet