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Mmmmmmmmmm Burgers - Delicious and Nutritious!
Beef patties are delicious at any time, especially when they are sandwiched between layers of cheese, sliced onion, and iceberg lettuce to form a burger. This recipe for patties (which I plagiarized from my mother!) includes rolled oats as one of the ingredients. Oatmeal is high in dietary fiber and is reputed to lower cholesterol. It is also a complex carbohydrate and releases energy slowly over time.
Oatmeal Reduces Blood Cholesterol
Did you know that oatmeal is recommended as part of a healthy diet because it has been shown in studies that it reduces cholesterol?
According to this abstract on the National Center for Biomedical Research (NCBI):
"Results of this analysis show that studies conducted during the past 13 years support the suggestion that intake of oat β-glucan at daily doses of at least 3 g may reduce plasma total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels by 5-10%."
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3 burgers for 5 people
- 1 1/2 pounds round minced beef, the leanest you can get!
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oatmeal
- 1/2 medium-sized onion
- 2 to 3 ounces parsley, chopped
- Several pinches black pepper
You don't have to be fussy about the ingredients; after all, cooking is an experimental process and you can vary the quantities/proportions the next time to suit your taste! The addition of rolled oats adds texture to the burgers/patties, especially when the mince is somewhat fatty, making for a greasy patty. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate, high in iron and fiber. It is also reputed to lower cholesterol.
- Chop the parsley into small, quarter-inch pieces.
- Slice the onion and chop into similar size pieces to the parsley.
- Mix the parsley and onion together.
- Sprinkle the oatmeal over the mince in a bowl, basin or whatever and knead it through the mixture.
- Add the onion/parsley and a few pinches of ground black pepper and knead it through the oatmeal/mince.
- Break off lumps of the mixture, roll into a ball in your hands and flatten onto a greased baking tray or glass casserole dish lid. Casserole dish lids are probably the best surface for cooking on as the glass is relatively non-stick and in any case the fat in the burgers makes greasing unnecessary. Also, you can scrub vigorously when washing up, not the case with non-stick coatings!
- Cook in a pre-heated oven at about 200 deg C or 390 F. You can reduce the temperature to 180 C or 355 F if using a fan oven. Alternatively, you can grill them, turning halfway through.
- Cook for about 40 minutes, turning the patties halfway through.
If you liked this, check out a recipe for a tasty, spicy, and nutritious tomato and celery soup.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Eugene Brennan
Maggie Crooks on October 07, 2013:
Sounds wonderful. This would also work as a meatloaf recipe.
Eugene Brennan (author) from Ireland on September 24, 2012:
Thanks for dropping by livingsta!
livingsta from United Kingdom on September 24, 2012:
Wow, an interesting and healthy recipe. Will try, thank you for sharing, voted up :)
belleart from Ireland on September 15, 2012:
Trying these sometime soon-they sound delicious!! Voted up