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Joy's Lower-Calorie Bacon Burger



  • 4 whole-grain hamburger buns
  • 1 pound lean ground sirloin or turkey (at least 90 percent lean)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chopped onion (optional)
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • Four slices reduced-fat cheese, any variety

Chef notes

1100 CALORIES—that’s what a typical Bacon Cheeseburger in a restaurant will cost you. By the way, that’s not including the greasy side of fries.


Instead, try my slim-style version for a fraction of the calories (just 425!), fat and sodium. Trust me, it provides the same fantastic flavors—juicy beef, crispy bacon and melty cheese—without any of the lousy aftermath.






Toast the buns.

Combine the turkey (or beef), ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, and onion, if desired, in a small bowl. Divide the mixture into 4 equal-sized portions and shape them into burgers. Set aside.

Coat a skillet with nonstick oil spray and warm it over medium heat. Add the turkey bacon and cook until crispy, following package directions. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel to drain.

Reapply nonstick oil spray to the skillet and cook the burgers about 5 minutes per side. When the burgers are done, top each with 1 slice of cheese. Cover the skillet to allow the cheese to melt. Add 1 slice of cooked turkey bacon (split into two pieces) to the top of each burger.

Layer the bottom buns with lettuce, tomato, bacon cheeseburger, pickles, chopped onion and a squirt of ketchup and/or mustard. Add the top bun and dig in.

NUTRITION: 425 calories, 36 g protein, 28 g carbs (3 g fiber), 17.5 g fat (6 g saturated)