Spiced Burgers

One of my go to recipes. Smoked on a grill, hickory seasoning and blacking spices bring out the flavor of Denver in the summer. Oh, and even though it’s a touch higher than  it’s healthy too! We served with my Crispy Potato Wedges.




10 minutes


15 minutes


beef, healthy


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Olive oil (as needed)
  • 8 ounces 93% Lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce
  • 1 tsp of Blackening Spice
  • 1 tsp of Hickory Smoke Dry rub
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices Sara Lee 45 calorie Wheat Bread
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 leaves green-leaf lettuce
  • 4 slices bacon (optional)


    1. Prepare barbecue grill (medium-high heat). Smoke chips under grill if you wish to smoke the burgers.
    2. Using the meat, in a bowl, mix Worcestershire sauce, Blackening Spice and Hickory Smoke into meat. If dry, use a touch of olive oil to remoisten mixture. Form into two patties.
    3. Grill until slightly charred, about 4 minutes; turn and cook the other side until the beef reaches a safe internal temperature of 165º F.
    4. Top each with 1 cheese slice. Cover and cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute longer.
    5. Place burgers atop bottom halves of buns. Garnish with onion and tomato slices. Use bacon if you wish.
    6. Cover with bun tops and serve with your favorite toppings!

NOTES (minus wedges)

NUTRITION Per serving: 348 calories; 16 g fat (5 g sat, 7 g mono); 71 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 2 g fiber; 537 mg sodium; 529 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (41% daily value), Zinc (39% dv), Iron (26% dv), Folate (24% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv). Carbohydrate Servings: 2 Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat