Did you say burger? I sure did! As some of you know I’ve lost almost 40lbs over the past year and I didn’t do it by starving myself. I did it by eating what I wanted (within reason) and working my butt off! I learned quickly that if I just moved a lot I could still enjoy life (again, within reason) and eat things like burgers every now and then.
I think burgers have a bad reputation as most of us pick one up from our favorite burger joint. Making burgers homemade certainly cuts back on some unnecessary fat and grease. I served them with baked french fries. I didn’t have that “ugh have to lay on the couch for the rest of the day” feelings after eating this.
If I’ve learned anything over the past year it is that depriving yourself will get you nowhere fast. I’ve struggled trying to lose weight for over a decade and once I allowed myself to have foods it suddenly got a whole lot easier. 🙂 So have that burger, have that pint of ice cream, have that slice of pizza. You will thank yourself later!
I hope you enjoy this burger as much as I did.
Until tomorrow – Jennifer
Mushroom Bacon Burger
Marinated burger patties with balsamic mushrooms, topped with bacon and swiss cheese gives a modern twist on a classic Burger. Napkins necessary!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- 1/2 pound thick-cut smoked bacon
- 1/2 pound baby Bella mushrooms sliced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- Burger trimmings as desired including lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles
Up to 24 hours before making the burgers, combine ground beef, garlic, salt, pepper and worcestershire.
Cut each strip of bacon in half and cook in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Leave about 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from the pan. Add mushroom slices, soy sauce and balsamic to the pan.
Over medium heat, saute mushrooms until browned and soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Either grill or pan fry your burger patties. I pan fried mine over medium high heat on a cast iron skillet for about 4 minutes on each side.
During last 2 minutes of cooking, top with cheese and cover to melt cheese.
Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees, arrange hamburger buns on a foil-lined cookie sheet and lightly toast hamburger buns in the oven on each side.
Top buns with your patty, mushrooms, bacon and whatever other topping you desire.