Stuffed Burgers with Brie and Caramelized Onion

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Eating low carb isn’t always easy and one of the reasons is that we’ve grown to believe that a burger without the bun is not a meal.  It’s hard to serve up just a plain burger.  It looks really, really lonely there on the plate, all by itself or with a few measly sides.   It just doesn’t seem like it will be enough to satisfy.  Unless.  Unless you know that the burger itself is stuffed with some amazing goodies that will spill out onto your plate as you cut into it, all melty and gooey, hot from the grill.  Ah yes, the revelation of the stuffed burger, a meal unto itself, no bun required.

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Stuffed Burgers with Brie and Caramelized Onion

Ingredients

    Onions:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Burgers:
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 4 oz Brie cheese, cut into small pieces
  • Mushrooms:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. To caramelize the onions, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium low heat. Once hot, add onions and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until a caramel brown colour and soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not let them get crispy. Reduce heat if necessary to keep them from burning or crisping.
  3. Keep saute pan for cooking mushrooms.
  4. For the burgers, combine beef, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix by hand to combine well and divide into 6 even portions.
  5. Take half of each portion and form into a thin patty. Top each thin patty with some of the brie and onions, then top with remaining half of each portion and form around cheese and onions, into one large patty.
  6. Cook burgers on pre-heated grill about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium. Cook slightly less for medium-rare and slightly more for medium-well. Meat should register at least 125°F (50°C) to 130°F (55°C) on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from grill and let sit 5 minutes.
  7. Cook mushrooms while burgers are grilling. Add butter to saute pan and melt over medium heat. Add mushrooms and a little salt and saute until mushrooms are browned on both sides and tender.
  8. Layer mushrooms over cooked burgers and serve.

Yield: 6

Carbohydrate: 3.3g

Total dietary fiber: 0.8g

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