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Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Idea…

BBQ Burgers with Caramilzed Onion RelishDon’t let this BBQ summer weekend ruin your weight management goals.  You can have your burger and it can be really delicious too.  Here are two recipes that are inspired from a magazine article about the upcoming holiday weekend.  I made a few changes so that you can enjoy a classic American meal without the guilt.

Happy holiday weekend BBQing!

Barbecue Burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes

Estimated values per serving (without bun):

Calories = 180                                              Fat = 8 grams


4 slices turkey bacon – chopped

½ small onion – chopped

4 cloves garlic – minced

2 pounds 93% lean ground beef

1 pound ground turkey breast meat

¼ cup barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons paprika

Pepper to taste


  1. Heat a skillet on medium high heat, spray with cooking spray and add chopped bacon.  Sauté bacon until crispy and add onion.  Cook another 3 – 5 minutes until onions are browned.  Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute.  Remove pan from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground turkey, barbecue sauce, paprika and pepper.  Add cooled bacon mixture and mix with your hands.
  3. Form meat mixture into 8 6-ounce burgers.
  4. Preheat grill and cook burgers from 7 – 10 minutes on each side until cooked through (must be cooked to medium temperature (165o) because of the turkey meat).
  5. Serve with burger buns if desired.

Caramelized Onion Relish

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 48                                                Fat = 0


3 large sweet Vidalia onions – chopped

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vinegar (cider or white)

2 tablespoons water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, spray with cooking spray and add onion.  Ssauté onions until very tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (NOTE: after 10 minutes, you want to cover the onions so that they do not stick to the pan).
  2. Stir in sugar, vinegar, water, salt, pepper and celery seed.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until liquid has almost completely been absorbed, about 25 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and cool.
  3. Serve with burgers.