Healthy Hamburger and Fries Recipe

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Healthy Comfort is a series on Type-A Parent featuring a fit spin on classic comfort food recipes.

A classic favorite around my house is hamburger and fries. (In fact, when I met my husband, I think he rotated between this and pizza nightly). I am a big fan of burgers and fries myself, and our whole household of five enjoys eating them. Being healthy does not mean having to give this meal up. Here is a healthy makeover of hamburger and fries.

To make this meal less about grease and more health conscious, I swapped out regular ground beef with 93 percent lean ground beef. The store also had 95 percent, but I figured that low a level of fat might be better suited to beef crumbles mixed into something. Feel free to try it, though, to save on some fat and calories.

I also decided against using ground turkey, although it would have cut 40 calories and 6 grams of fat. In my mind, the total calories and fat here is acceptable for dinner and not worth the trade on taste. It is an option, however, if you want to lighten this even more.

Serves four

Healthy Hamburger and Fries Ingredients:

  • One pound of 97 percent lean ground beef
  • Four hamburger buns (go with the standard size, not large kaiser style buns, to avoid extra calories)
  • Four potatoes
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hamburger vegetable toppings as desired: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard, for example. Avoid cheese and mayonnaise.

Healthy Hamburger and Fries Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash and, if you wish, peel potatoes. Cut potatoes into French fry shapes.
  • Toss potatoes into a large bowl, spray with Pam, add portion of salt you plan to use and toss to coat.
  • Spray cooking sheet with Pam, then spread potatoes onto sheet and place into oven.

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  • Meanwhile, heat skillet and spray with Pam.
  • Form the ground beef into four patties and place on skillet.
  • Cook at medium heat, turning mid-way, until done to desired level.
  • Remove fries from oven and sprinkle with salt.

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  • Place hamburgers onto buns.
  • It can be fun to make a station with various toppings and let everyone choose what they want on their hamburgers.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Healthy Hamburger and Fries Nutritional Information

This information assumes a plain hamburger with fries. If you add any toppings, be sure to take those into account. Some lettuce and a tomato probably won’t make much of a difference, but cheese or mayo will make a big difference.

Calories: 440
Fat: 10
Carbohydrates: 48
Protein: 34
Weight Watchers Points: 9

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  1. Heather Solos

    April 30, 2011

    I approach healthy eating from a slightly different angle. I don’t think either view is superior, just it’s the way that works for me.

    I tend to go low carb / high protein, so I’d skip the fries, even though I do *love* them oven roasted as you suggested. I might do a sandwich thin or skip the bun entirely.

    I like to top a burger w/ avocado -which admittedly does have a bit of fat- some salsa and jalapeños. I find *I* snack less if I pack my meals with protein, your mileage may vary. I also find that if I pack in the flavor at meals, I’m less likely to try to hunt something up later.

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    • Kelby Carr

      April 30, 2011

      Yes, I definitely understand what you are saying about leaning more towards protein and low carb. Thanks for the comment! For Healthy Comfort, I am trying to get as true to the original as possible while staying low in calories. For example, I didn’t go with the leanest beef or with ground turkey, which anyone could absolutely do. So to me, hamburger without fries just wouldn’t fit. But really, anyone should tweak this to whatever works best for them. You could definitely use something like a bagel thin as the bun, or even half the fries with a side salad (or roast another vegetable that isn’t high in carbs).

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  2. barbie angell

    April 30, 2011

    don’t laugh at me, but i’ve never made my own french fries. : ) the recipes sound fantastic & i’d like to do this myself. how long, approximately, do you bake the potatoes?

    thanks again for this great idea. i try to make healthier options whenever possible. i’m big on moderation….or would that be i’m “moderate” on moderation? : )

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    • Kelby Carr

      April 30, 2011

      Oh man! I can’t believe I forgot cook times. When I get to the laptop I will edit the post, but I would say about 10 minutes for burgers depending on how done you like them, and about 20 minutes in fries if you cut potatoes pretty small. Just look for them to brown on outside, and taste test one for soft insides.

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  3. Yelena

    May 2, 2011

    I am going to try making home-made french fries tonight. Any idea how long they take to cook? Also, any special tricks to make them crispy?

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    Andrea Turner

    May 3, 2011

    High heat makes them crispier!

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