Have you ever wondered how much saturated fat and cholesterol you get when you bite into a burger made with 80 or 90% lean ground beef? We sure have. Believe it or not, companies are not required to list the nutrition facts on ground beef. But now there’s a tool, the Ground Beef Calculator, that crunches the numbers for you. By inputting a few key facts into the online calculator, you can view the full nutrient breakdown of different ground beef choices, including calories, fat, saturated fat, vitamins, and minerals. Check out the calculator at http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata/GroundBeefCalculator And while we’re on the subject of ground beef, try our recipe for Cheesy Black Bean Burgers, perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.
Cheesy Black Bean Burgers
Makes 8 Servings
One 15 ½-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pound lean ground beef (90% or higher)
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup preshredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
8 hamburger buns
Preheat the grill to medium. Place the black beans in a large bowl and mash with the back of a large spoon until smooth but still a bit chunky. Add the beef, egg, cheese, bread crumbs and garlic powder and mix until well combined. Divide the beef mixture and shape into 8 patties. Place the patties on the grill and cook until no longer pink inside and an instant-read thermometer registers at least 160°F, about 4 minutes per side. Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 310 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated), 510mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 28g protein