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Healthy Homemade Spicy Barbecue Beef Burgers

Healthy Homemade Spicy Barbecue Beef Burgers

The humble beef burger becomes king when barbecue season rolls around. No longer satisfied with plain old patties from the supermarket, many people decide that it’s time to get gourmet and make burgers from scratch. There are many methods out there, but the most reliable and the tastiest will always involve choosing the best quality beef that you can find and asking your butcher to mince it up for you. Lean beef makes the best burgers; fatty meat isn’t healthy and doesn’t taste as good either!

Once you have selected your beef, make sure that you use it on the same day or as close as possible. There really is a difference between fresh meat and meat which has been stored for a few days. Here is a great, healthy recipe for tasty homemade beef burgers. Serve them with freshly made potato wedges, salad and a crispy bun and you can’t go wrong!

Healthy Homemade Spicy Barbecue Beef Burgers

Healthy Homemade Spicy Barbecue Beef Burgers

Homemade Spicy Barbecue Beef Burgers

Serves 1

Tasty lean beef burgers with a spicy kick


  • 500g minced beef
  • Small red onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn cumin
  • 1 tspn mustard powder
  • Handful of fresh coriander chopped
  • Tbsp Worcester sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Finely chop the onion and fry gently until transparent. Remove the onion from the pan and transfer to a mixing bowl. Beat the egg and add to the onion along with the meat and the herbs and spices. Add a little Worcester sauce, but no more than a tablespoon as your mixture will grow too wet otherwise. Mix and press the mixture together; the longer the mixture is manipulated, the smoother it will become.
  • Form 4 patties on a floured surface and place on greaseproof paper in the fridge for around half an hour. This will ensure that the mixture firms up and when it’s placed on the BBQ it will retain its shape.
  • Cook the burgers for around 5 minutes on each side on a very hot grill. Before cooking them; make an indent with your thumb in the centre of each burger to ensure that they do not lose their shape.
  • Serve on fresh bread rolls with a mixture of salad, salsa and grated cheese for topping the burgers.
Barbecue Beef Burgers

Barbecue Beef Burgers

Healthier alternative

These burgers are a fantastic and classic addition to any BBQ and if you’re confident then you can vary the recipe a little. Some people enjoy an even spicier burger; adding a little chilli powder to the mixture will achieve this. You can also serve these with potato wedges as a healthier alternative to fries or chips. Simply cut some floury potatoes into large wedge shapes, pan boil for around 10 minutes, toss them in olive oil, salt and cumin and cook in a hot oven for half an hour.

If you would like to make a homemade salsa to go alongside these burgers, it’s very easy to make a basic mix by simply chopping 5 tomatoes finely and adding finely chopped red onion. Also include a handful of fresh coriander, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, before mixing it all together well. This is a really easy way to make your BBQ extra special – it’s the little things that count!

Enjoy a Slimming World Barbecue

Choosing to follow a healthy living eating plan such as Slimming World does not mean having to give up the enjoyment of the weekend barbecue. Fortunately, with very little effort, you can adapt your barbecue to suit your needs and can still enjoy delicious gas or charcoal cooked food without any of the guilt.

Slimming World is a healthy eating plan that is based on making lifelong changes to ensure that you can lose weight safely and still enjoy your favourite foods. Nothing is off limits and when following the Red plan or Extra Easy plan, barbecued food can still be enjoyed.

Slimming World puts no limits on the amount of meat or fish you eat on these plans so provided you choose lean meats there is no reason why you can’t revisit the food table again and again. For those with a ferocious appetite, the red plan allows you to eat as much lean meat as you like. The Extra Easy plan is more portions based however provided you filled your plate at least a third full of salad of vegetables as well as your lean meat; you can eat without worrying about weigh in day.

Slimming World Barbecue

Slimming World Barbecue

It is important to be mindful of hidden saboteurs to your weight loss when attending a barbecue. Oils on salads, numerous bread buns, large slices of cheese and creamy pastas are the foods that will negatively affect your weigh in. By choosing sensible accompaniments to your barbecued meat you can eat your fill of delicious home barbecued food and not have to spend the afternoon or evening hovering over the salad bowl, trying not to look at the delicious homemade burgers, chicken pieces and kebabs that others are enjoying.

Choosing a healthier way of living doesn’t have to mean missing out on your favourite foods or avoiding social events so that you aren’t tempted to “cheat”; Slimming World is about making healthy choices, not depriving yourself.

This recipe is a great one for Slimming World followers to enjoy when at a barbecue. If using the roll as a healthy extra or “B” choice, this recipe is Syn free on a Red day or on an Extra Easy day if accompanied with salad.

Tasty Barbecue Beef Burger

Serves 4.

Burger ingredients:

  • 400g of extra lean minced beef (pork or lamb mince works too but must be extra lean)
  • 2 medium beaten eggs for binding
  • One large onion, finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley chopped (or mint if using lamb mince).
Barbecue Beef Burger

Barbecue Beef Burger

To accompany the burger:

  • Thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions,
  • Washed lettuce leaves.
  • Lean bacon, all visible fat removed.
  • 4 x medium wholemeal rolls


Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is also quick and easy to make.

  • Combine the minced beef, chopped onion and herbs with the egg to bind the ingredients and shape into four burgers.
  • Wrap in cling film and chill for approximately thirty minutes before adding to the barbecue.
  • Turn carefully; ensuring the burger is cooked throughout.
  • Add the bacon to the grill, remembering that bacon cooks very quickly on a barbecue.
  • Whilst the bacon is cooking, layer up your bun with lettuce leaves, adding next the burger and topping with slice tomato and red onion. When the bacon is cooked, add this on top and close the bun.

All that remains is to enjoy a guilt-free and delicious burger.

Have A Healthy New Year Thanks To The BBQ!

Have A Healthy New Year Thanks To The BBQ!

It’s that time of year again – the time when we all pledge to make big changes and lead healthier, happier lives. If, like millions of others, your New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to lose weight, then it’s time to fire up the barbecue!

Perhaps you’ve overindulged over Christmas, eaten too many mince pies, turkey sandwiches, chocolates, cakes and chestnuts. Maybe your belly has gained a few centimetres over the festive season. Or maybe you’ve been as good as gold throughout the holiday spell but still fancy kick-starting 2012 the right way, with a healthy diet.

Barbecuing is a healthy and delicious way to eat – and can be enjoyed all year round, with many of you even opting to cook the turkey on the BBQ at Christmas time. So with a few simple steps, you can make having a barbecue a great way to eat low-fat meals.

Wholesome ingredients

One of the great things about throwing a barbecue party is the variety of food available. You can cater for the meat eaters, fish fans and vegetarians with simple, fresh ingredients. And of course, the really good news at this time of year is that barbecue recipes are easy to make low in fat and calories yet high in flavour and goodness.

Some of the key ingredients to stock up on include meat, fish and vegetables. You can make traditional barbecue food like burgers and chicken drumsticks as well as more inventive options like seafood or vegetable kebabs. The trick is to stock up on the products that are healthy and that you enjoy, and then be creative.

Wholesome ingredients

Turn a few prawns, an aubergine, a couple of tomatoes, and a small chunk of mozzarella into a mouth-watering kebab. Slice an onion and wrap it in foil to cook it on the barbecue and enhance the sausages and burgers. Or add some spice to the corn-on-the-cob by adding a mix of soy sauce, chilli and ginger to the cobs before wrapping in foil and placing over the hot coals to cook.

Healthy sauces

Naturally you’ll want to marinade much of your barbecue food and have plenty of tasty BBQ sauces at the ready too. But these don’t have to be high in fat, especially if you make them yourself.

You can make a delicious marinade for chicken or fish by simply pureeing these ingredients (for four): 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of water, 2 tablespoons of coriander, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, I chopped onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves and the juice of half a lime. Quick to make, this marinade adds a real zing to the dish and is healthy on top.

Alternatively, you can simply mix soy sauce with garlic and ginger or chilli and add to your barbecue food.

When it comes to barbecue sauces, try to stick to tomato and yogurt-based dips rather than mayonnaise-based. This way, you can enjoy the flavour without the added calories.

Barbecue saves

Wherever possible, save on calories, especially wasted ones such as needlessly indulgent barbecue sauces, and opt for a lighter alternative. This doesn’t mean your barbecues will be boring but rather that they will be healthier as well as tasty. By taking a few measures – remove the skin from chicken drumsticks, make your own burgers using lean mince, marinade the fish in a low-fat sauce, cut the fat off chops etc – you can ensure you enjoy a truly healthy New Year thanks to the BBQ!