Monday, June 3, 2013

The Better Burger

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There are three things that make a good burger - quality beef, flavorful cheese and a cold beer.

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Or hard cider as the case might be but all the while still necessary after a day when a certain toddler wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Twice. And then does it again the next day.

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My friends at Laura's Lean Beef agree - at least on the beef part. As you break out the grill this summer, they advise using lean beef to reduce cooking time; avoiding excessive amounts of sodium by using healthy seasonings; and using whole-grain bread, as whole-grains are absorbed slower by the body and help you to eat less, yet feel full.

Feeling inspired (and hungry), I built a better burger that combines the bright, fresh flavors of summer with a hint of guilt-free indulgence.

Laughing Cow Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil wedges are sandwiched between two thin patties of Laura's Lean Beef, and a layer of thinly sliced part skim mozzarella tops the cooked burger. Serve on a whole wheat sandwich thin or bread with fresh tomato and arugula. And if you're feeling saucy - which I always am - a simple aioli with roasted red peppers, garlic and low-fat mayonnaise is a wonderful complement.

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Laugh & Lean Double Cheese Stuffed Burgers

For the burgers:
1.5 pounds Laura's Lean Beef ground beef, or other lean ground meat
1 clove garlic, minced
Pepper, to taste
4 wedges Laughing Cow Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil
4 slices mozzarella cheese or mini Babybel Mozzarella rounds, sliced
Vine ripe tomato, sliced
Pre-washed baby arugula
4 sandwich thins
For the aioli:
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, draind
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise

For the burgers: Season ground beef with garlic and pepper, gently combining. Form meat into eight thin patties. Place Laughing Cow wedge on a patty and top with another, crimping the edges. Repeat with remaining beef. Cook burgers on a grill 5 to 6 minutes; flip. Top the burgers with mozzarella cheese and cook until medium well; about five more minutes.

For the aioli: Put all ingredients in food processor; pulse until smooth. Refrigerate sauce until ready to use.

Assembly: On the bottom of sandwich thin, add arugula and tomato. Place patty on top and drizzle aioli over burger. Then eat it. You will like it.

Feeling green? Laura’s Lean Beef and Big Green Egg are once again hosting their Summer Grilling Sweepstakes. From May 27 through Sept. 2, 2013, one winner will be randomly selected each week to receive a summer grilling prize package including a Big Green Egg ceramic outdoor cooker, Laura’s Lean Beef products and an assortment of grilling accessories. You can enter by “liking” the Laura’s Facebook page, by scanning an on-package QR code or by registering at

Disclaimer: While I have previously received free product from both Laura's Lean Beef and Laughing Cow, all ingredients for this recipe were purchased by me because I buy them regularly. I was not compensated to write this post or eat the cheeseburger, which was effing fantastic by the way. I wrote everything myself, too. Except for the part about the contest because I'm lazy. Mark did buy the hard cider for me but it was probably to take the edge off since Miles slapped me in the face 300 times this weekend.


  1. Yum! While pizza is my go-to pre-race food, it's burgers all the way post race!

  2. This sounds delicious! I haven't tried Laughing Cow cheese yet but plan to soon. Your disclaimer made me giggle! :0)