Skinny Jean Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
Makes 8 mini burgers
Not only are these sliders to die for, they might just possibly be the recipe of the century! Every time I teach friends the recipe they go nutzo because no one believes that something that tastes so good can actually be low in fat. But hey, that’s the point, right? It’s not diet food (boo on diet food!) it’s to-die-for made healthy.
Food with Benefit?: Lean Ground Beef/Turkey: A complete protein that help build muscle so you can burn more calories
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup (about 3 ounces) cremini mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound 96% lean ground beef or extra lean ground turkey
8 King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls or small, soft dinner rolls
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
Honey-Mustard (page 00) or Skinny ‘Cue Sauce (page 00) for serving
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the oregano, parsley, and sea salt, turn off the heat and transfer to a medium bowl to cool.
Place the ground beef in a large bowl, add the cooled mushroom mixture, and gently fold the two together. Divide the ground beef mixture into 8 equal balls and then gently form each into semi-compact 2 1/2- to 3-inch thick patties. Split the rolls in half and brush the cut side with some of the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the burgers and grill on each side until browned, about 2 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a plate while you grill the rolls, cut-sides down, until golden and etched with grill marks from the pan, about 1 minute. Place each patty on a bun bottom and top with a slice of tomato. Spread some honey mustard on the other bun half and top of the slider.