A burger for Dad so good it seems bad for him

Matthew Mead/Associated Press

Extra-lean ground beef makes these burgers a healthy Fatherís Day meal Ė no cheese or extra condiments needed.

By ALISON LADMAN
For The Associated Press

Dads love grilling. Dads love burgers. Trouble is, good burgers donít always love Dad back.

Thatís because great burgers often start with fatty ground beef. All that fat keeps the burgers juicy and flavorful as they grill. And then of course there is the temptation to pile on toppings and condiments, like heaps of melting cheese and thick spreads of mayonnaise.

We decided to show our love this Fatherís Day by offering up a delicious burger that also happens to be healthy.

To keep our burger lean, we went with a 95 percent lean ground beef. You also could go for ground turkey, chicken or pork, but read the packages carefully; many ground meats arenít as lean as you might think they are.

Because we removed most of the fat from our burgerís meat, we needed to add moisture. We did this by incorporating vegetables. I know, groan! Vegetables donít belong in burgers.

But really, this is a vegetable you would have put on the burger anyway Ė caramelized onions. They add tons of flavor, moisture and virtually no calories. You also can make the onions well in advance so theyíre all ready to go when you want to make burgers. They even freeze well if you want to make a giant batch.

To top off the burger, we skipped the cheese and went with a quick homemade barbecue sauce. Best of all, you can make the sauce right on the grill. Youíll want to make the sauce first.

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