Italian Garlic Bread Burgers

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Developed by Karen Hanson, RD, LD, ACSM H/FI
Director of Nutrition, Kansas Beef Council

1 1⁄2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 package (11.75 ounces) frozen Mozzarella Garlic Cheese bread
6 tomato slices
18 large fresh basil leaves
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Lightly shape ground beef into six patties. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place patties on the grill. Grill, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.

2. Heat bread according to package directions for grilling or about 1 minute with crust side down on grate of grill. Watch so that bread does not burn on bottom.

3. Cut bread crosswise into six “buns.” Place burgers in buns; season to taste with salt
and pepper. Top burgers with tomato slices and basil leaves.

Makes 6 servings.

Note: If Mozzarella Garlic Cheese bread is not available, substitute regular garlic
bread; 2 minutes before burgers are done, top each with mozzarella cheese slice.

Nutrition information per serving: 307 calories; 27 g protein; 24 g carbohydrate;
11 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 62 mg cholesterol; 4 mg iron; 3 g dietary fiber; 14 mcg folate
and 303 mg sodium.

Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry — then grill, bake or broil.