These are the best damn hamburgers you’ll ever make at home, bar none.
I’ve fiddled with homemade hamburger patty recipes for years; we all have, trying cracker crumb, egg, bread crumb, you name it… but this beats them all.
The kicker is — ready for this? It actually also ends up being just about the healthiest burger you’re ever going to have, because it’s based on a famous Weight Watchers burger recipe, known as their “Juicy Hamburgers” recipe. What I’ve done is reduce the work just a tidge, while adding one or two ingredients that just take it and knock it out of the ballpark.
The recipe is very simple: just a few ingredients out of the cupboard thrown together in a few seconds, and then mixed into extra-lean ground beef so that you’re getting a healthy, all pure beef burger. It’s also very filling, because each burger is a quarter-pound of pure beef before cooking.
You can make this in the basket of a basket-type air fryer, or in the tray of an Actifry snacking model or Actifry 2-in-1 model. The photos below show it being made in an Actifry 2-in-1, but it will work just as great for any of the models types I’ve mentioned, and possibly in a convection counter-top oven as well.
Serving size: 1 burger patty
- Spray the upper Actifry tray; set aside. If you are using a basket-type fryer, no need to spray the basket. In basket-types, your cooking temperature will be 180 C / 350 F.
- In a small bowl, mix together all the seasoning items, from the Worcestershire sauce down to and including the dried parsley.
- Add this to the beef in a large bowl.
- Mix well, but be careful not to overwork the meat as that leads to tough burgers.
- Divide the beef mixture into 4, and shape the patties. With your thumb, put an indent in the centre of each one to prevent the patties bunching up in the middle.
- Put tray in Actifry; spray tops of patties lightly.
- Cook 10 minutes for medium (or longer to desired degree of doneness). There is no need to turn the patties.
- Serve hot on a bun with side dishes of your choice.
Easily doubled or tripled.
I serve them in Weight Watcher hamburger rolls, either the regular fluffy ones, or the thins: both are great, and help to further reduce the calories in the overall hamburger. (Some hamburger rolls these days are overloaded with fat and sugar giving them more calories than the actual damn burger patties!)
Great guilt-free toppings include iceberg lettuce leaves, tomato and onion slices, mustard, sliced dill pickles, some relishes, etc. (Be aware of all the sodium, calories and sugar now in your ketchup , sadly.)
In the serving photos, the burger is pictured served with Weight Watchers thins for rolls, along with Skinny Caesar Salad and Duck fat French Fries , both of which like this burger are incredibly reasonable in calories, fat and sodium (and Weight Watcher points), meaning that you can enjoy this kind of easy, road-house food guilt-free quite regularly at home.
Each cooked patty is 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus®. A Weight Watchers or similar hamburger roll is 3 additional points, bringing the total per burger for 6 points. Stick to stuff from the Weight Watchers’ free list (such as the items suggested above: tomato, onion, dill pickle, lettuce, mustard, etc.) and you have a 6 ww point hamburger.
* Nutrition info provided by http://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by hotairfrying.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
* Actifry™ is a registered trademark of SEB, France.