In the fitness world, "burger" can be a dirty word. After all, the fast-food versions of these meat-filled sandwiches are greasy and can have questionable protein sources. Today, I'll show you that a good burger doesn't have to be considered a cheat. Just make it right—and then earn it with your training!
It's time for you to meet the Cheddar Avocado Gains Burger. I'm Rob Smith, and this is the Everyday Beast.
Cheddar Avocado Gains Burger Everyday Beast
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I chose to highlight this recipe to clear up the confusion about burgers once and for all. Most people love hamburgers but reserve them for "cheat meals." Truth is, you can have a burger any day of the week, so long as you choose to load it with quality ingredients that fit your macros. I like beef, I like cheese, and I like gains. This dish gives you all three.
Don't let the spices and ingredients lead you to think this is a complicated recipe. It's actually very simple and shouldn't overwhelm you. I want to make sure people know that cooking healthy isn't rocket science. It just takes a trip to the store, a little creativity, and the will to grow. Next time you're tempted by a fast-food burger, think again, and choose gains over gut.
93% lean ground beef 1-1/2 lbs.
Garlic powder to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 lime
Hamburger bun 1
Cilantro to taste
Sea salt/kosher salt to taste
Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1 oz.
- Beat the egg, then mix it into the lean ground beef. While optional, the egg helps the patties cook up nice and evenly, and it adds an extra 6 grams of protein.
- Form the meat into four 6-ounce patties (they'll be 4 ounces once cooked). Make sure they're less than half an inch thick. Because this meat is so lean, you want it to cook quickly and evenly so the burgers are uniform and juicy.
- To make the avocado spread, mash the avocado with a sprinkle of salt, a bit of red and black pepper, a squeeze of lime, and a couple sprigs of cilantro until the desired consistency is reached.
- Place the burgers in a skillet on medium-high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Insider tip: Use your finger to place a "dimple" in each patty. This will allow them to cook evenly and stay flat.
- Once your patties have cooked on one side, flip them over, and sprinkle them with cheddar. Add a bit of water to the pot and cover it—this will create steam to melt the cheese.
- Place both burgers on a bun, and top them with tomato and avocado spread. Add baked prosciutto and red onion if desired.
Serving size: 1 double-decker cheeseburger
Recipe yields: 2 double-decker burgers