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Southwest Cheeseburgers

Southwest CheeseburgersSeasoned with green onions and cumin, these tasty grilled beef burgers are topped with shredded Mexican cheese blend and chopped ripe tomatoes.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound 80% lean ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns, split, toasted
1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine ground beef, green onions and cumin in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly 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, covered, 7 to 9 minutes), until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F (71.1°C), turning occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  3. Place burger on bottom of each bun; top with cheese and tomato. Close sandwiches.

Makes 4 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • To broil, place patties on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F (71.1°C).
  • 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 using 80% lean ground beef): 381 calories; 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat); 83 mg cholesterol; 313 mg sodium; 23 g carbohydrate; 1.4 g fiber; 28 g protein; 6.3 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.4 mcg vitamin B12; 3.8 mg iron; 26.8 mcg selenium; 5.8 mg zinc.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.