April 21, 2012

Tastefully Simple Merlot Swiss Burger

It's been a while since I've made a Cook This! Not That! recipe.  I happened to be straightening my cookbooks up the other day and it caught my eye....again.  :)  I love the Cook This Not That books.  Its amazing the amount of calories saved by making your own take out favorites at home.
It's that time of year again....you know, grilling season!  So, when I was going through this book and I saw this very simple recipe for the A.1. Swiss Burger I knew that was going to be our dinner that evening.  I also knew that Grumpy wouldn't go for it, but it was a burger that I could make enough of just for myself and he could have just a regular grilled cheeseburger.  It was so easy to make that I would definitely do it again - and would you believe I didn't bury it in ketchup?  Nope, I ate it without any ketchup whatsoever!  Definitely try it out if you like mushrooms, onions, and swiss cheese!
In the Cook This! Not That! book this burger is compared to Applebee's Steakhouse burger.  You would consume 1,190 calories, 82 grams of fat, and 2,070 mg of sodium by eating the Applebee's burger.  With the A.1. Swiss Burger, you will be consuming only 340 calories, 15 grams of fat and 580 mg of sodium.  I'd say that's a significant reason to make this burger at home and skip Applebee's all together!

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Tastefully Simple Merlot Swiss Burger
slightly adapted from Cook This! Not That! A.1. Swiss Burger - I did not use the salt and pepper and I did not fry the burgers as the original recipe does.  I also did not have A.1. Sauce but I did have Tastefully Simple Merlot sauce which I used in place of the A.1. Sauce.  My changes probably lower the sodium and fat content however because we grilled the burgers and I used a salt free seasoning on the burgers.  I also made my own Potato Rolls, recipe is linked.
  • 1/2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced white or cremini mushrooms
  • to taste Badia Seasoning
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 4 slices reduced-fat swiss cheese
  • 4 potato buns, split and lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp Tastefully Simple Merlot Sauce
Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute onions for 3-4 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for 6-7 minutes more, until mushrooms and onions are browned and caramelized.  Add merlot sauce, coat mushrooms and onions, and set aside..While veggies are sauteing, shape burgers and Grill them until meat is to your preference (Grumpy likes his slightly red while I need mine to be well done).   Top with cheese, turn off grill heat, and lower cover to allow heat to melt cheese on burger. Prep and cook times are approximate.  Prep time will depend upon if you buy your veggies presliced or slice them yourself.  Cook time depends upon your preference for how well you like your burger cooked.  
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 burgers


bellini said...

Its great to figure out how to enjoy our favourites with fewer calories Shelby.

Fallon said...

Wow what a calorie difference in burgers!! Your burger looks delicious, I haven't had a swiss burger in years.

Shelby said...

Fallon, its amazing isn't it? It really is no wonder there are so many people in the world with health issues!

Shelby said...

Totally agree! Its fun too! :)

Pegasuslegend said...

mouth watering good!

Linda said...

Your burger looks delicious. I love Tastefully Simple products! I have not tried the merlot sauce, but I will now.

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