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Maple-Bacon Beer Burger

Maple-Bacon Beer BurgerBeef (check), bacon (check), beer (check). Be prepared for the best burger you've ever eaten.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of fiber.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (95 percent lean)
1/4 cup beer
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
4 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
4 extra-thick slices Maplewood smoked bacon, cut in half, cooked crisp

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine ground beef, beer and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F (71.1°C), turning occasionally. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place buns, cut-side down, on grid. Grill until lightly toasted. During last minute of grilling, top each burger with cheese.
  3. Place burgers on bottom of buns; top with bacon slices. Close sandwiches.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 513 calories; 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat); 110 mg cholesterol; 1301 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrate; 3.2 g fiber; 46 g protein; 17.0 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 4.5 mg iron; 65.8 mcg selenium; 8.1 mg zinc; 132.2 mg choline.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.