Donna’s Blueberry Burgers

What a unique way to make a burger better and healthier too! Use very lean ground beef and add a secret ingredient to make a delicious moist burger.

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon water
1- 1/4 pounds ground beef, 95 percent lean
salt and pepper, taste
oil spray

In a small heavy saucepan, combine blueberries with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove cover and broil gently, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from heat. Pour into a small food processor and process until very smooth. Pour into small bowl or cup. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare burgers, combine 1/2 cup of the blueberry mixture with ground beef in a large bowl. Add desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir with a large spoon until well blended. Form into 10 small patties. Coat non-stick frying pan with oil spray. Cook burgers over medium heat until the meat is completely cooked through. Watch carefully to prevent burning. (The blueberries will make the burgers appear dark in color.)

Serves 5 (2 patties per serving)

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories 185
Fat, gm. 8
Protein, gm. 21
Carb. gm. 5
Cholesterol, mg. 80
Fiber, gm. 1

Make the blueberry mixture up ahead of time and use it whenever you are making burgers. It should keep it in the refrigerator for about 10 days.
If grilling burgers, place meat patties on a grill pan. They are quite soft and will break apart easily on wide grates.
Form the meat patties fairly small and thin. If they are too thick, it is difficult to get the middle done without burning the outside.
If making a single burger, use about 1 1/2 tablespoon of blueberry mixture for each 4 ounces of meat.