Bell Pepper Burgers

This is a healthy twist on the classic burger! Don't get me wrong! I still love lettuce buns, but these pepper buns are a definite game change and another great way to enjoy burgers without all the carbs. 

Eat the peppers raw for a nice fresh crunch or grill them along side your burger for soft, tender sweet bell peppers. Top with your favorite sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles for a complete lean and green meal! I used light thousand island dressing for a Big Mac style burger but light ranch dressing is also another favorite! Or try it with 2 tbsp of guacamole and 1 tbsp salsa as an additional condiment. There are so many ways to enjoy this burger so let's get our grilling on!

Bell Pepper Burgers

2 medium size sweet bell peppers ~ 298 g total after removing stems, seeds and membrane (4 Greens)

For Burgers:
1 lb 94 to 96%% lean ground beef * (1 Leaner)
1/2 tsp seasoned salt (2 Condiments)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce (1 Condiment)

2 tbsp light thousand island dressing (or use 2 tbsp light ranch dressing, 1 1/2 tbsp light mayonnaise, 2 tbsp guacamole or another Healthy Fat option)
1/2 cup (36 g) iceburg lettuce (1/2 Green)
1/4 cup (60 g) sliced tomatoes (1/2 Green)
56 g pickle slices ~ I only used a few slices (1 Optional Snack)

Remove the stem and cut the peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and membrane. Set aside.
Gently mix ground beef, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Make 2 large patties.
Broil or grill over medium heat for about 4 to 6 min on each side until a thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Do not overcook your burgers or your burgers will be dry.
Add 1 tbsp light thousand island dressing on two pepper buns. Place burger on top. Add an additional 1 tbsp of light dressing on top of burgers. Then add lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.

Makes 2 Servings
Each Serving provides
1 Leaner, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat, and 1 Optional Snack

* If you prefer to use 85 to 94% lean ground beef, use 14 ounces raw weight and omit the Healthy Fat. You can use one additional Condiment per serving such as 1 tbsp sugar free bbq sauce, 1 tbsp low sugar ketchup or 1 tbsp yellow mustard.

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