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The Heart-Healthy Burger You Need To Try With Your Better Half This February

Photo credit: Getty Images/Todor Tsvetkov

Photo credit: Getty Images/Todor Tsvetkov

Sometimes the best relationships are formed when total opposites come together—pistachio ice cream, green tea cocktails, cauliflower pizza crust. Just like those innovative (and delicious) pairings, a healthy burger is a rare gem that gets your taste buds hype while keeping your healthy lifestyle in check.

In fact, research from the Pennsylvania State University reported that eating lean beef can reduce factors for heart disease. The American Heart Association even recommends eating it in moderation to help lower blood pressure and reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

Where burgers tend to go crazy in fat and calories in when they’re premade. Rolling your own patty with a ground beef that contains less fat, like Laura’s Lean Ground Beef, is a simple way to enjoy a juicy burger, guilt-free. This simple recipe from Laura’s Lean Beef is the perfect treat for your heart and your other half. Lemongrass, cucumber, and a sweet soy glaze make this bite-size burger a piece of paradise between two buns.

Lemongrass Beef Sliders

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. Laura’s 92 percent Lean Ground Beef
  • ¼ lemongrass, finely chopped (using only light parts)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp sweet soy glaze
  • 1 bunch fresh basil (leaves removed)
  • ¼ large seedless cucumber
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 whole wheat slider buns

How you make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except vegetable oil in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into eight small patties about ½-inch thick.
  2. Heat your oil in a skillet. Once the skillet reaches medium-high heat, add the patties and cook about five minutes on each side.
  3. Place each patty on a slider bun and top with ¼ tsp of sweet soy glaze, three basil leaves and three thin slices of cucumber.

Makes 8 servings.

Calories 483/ Fat 12g/ Protein 39g

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