Foodies will never have to worry if their favorite burger joint is open as one chef has expertly recreated the fast-food staple.
Let's face it, we all crave food that is bad for us. For a lot of us, burgers are a guilty pleasure we indulge in just a little bit too often – especially in North America where they are found on pretty much every street corner because of the proliferation of fast food joints. There's just something about a fast food burger that seems to hit the spot when one is craving a greasy, messy, and totally unhealthy snack. Well, an expert chef has a burger recipe which you can make at home and will be healthier than the stuff you would find at a fast food chain.
According to Muscle and Fitness, if one goes off of the ingredients listed on that burger it's actually very easy to make one as well. Obviously, some of the ingredients may have to be substituted like the one pound of ground chuck could be substituted for any lean ground beef you can get at the grocery store, and the chipotle pepper might not be the easiest to get either. The rest is fairly standard. At 542 calories, this is just a little bit higher than the Big Mac regarding calories, but the nutritional value is significantly better. The Big Mac is listed at 520 calories.
For those interested in sampling this burger here's the recipe:
3/4 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup ketchup1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce1 pound ground chuck, salt & pepper to taste4 slices of provolone cheese4 whole grain sesame seed buns or potato buns2 cups of baby kale or other baby greens4 slices of beefsteak tomatoes8 slices of onion3/4 cup pickle slices
To make these burgers you have to preheat the grill to a medium high heat while greasing the grate, blend the mayo, ketchup and chipotle together until smooth, divide the meat up into four balls and then press into patties, place the burgers on the grill until grill marks appear and then rotate 90 degrees, that should take about two minutes. Once rotated cook for a further two minutes. Once that is done flip the burgers gently and place a slice of cheese on top. Continue grilling until cheese is melted. Once you have removed the patties from the grill put the buns on the grill until they are toasted. Once that is complete, spread the chipotle ketchup over bun on both sides. Next layer the condiments and place patties on one part of the bun and enjoy.
With obesity on the rise, it is best that we do our part to eat healthy on a daily basis, though because of the go-go-go nature of our modern and connected world that isn't always something we can achieve when we're out and about, but by making small steps like eating homemade burgers over fast food ones, we can slowly shift towards having healthier lifestyles which will allow us to live significantly longer lives which leads to more productivity, and that is a good thing. Living healthy doesn't mean that you necessarily have to sacrifice the foods you love, it just means you have to consider alternatives, and usually freshly made items from home not only make you healthier in the long run by being more nutritionally dense, but also taste better too because you have more control over what goes on or in said food. It just means you have to take a little more time out of your day to do so.