Bánh Mì Burger
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon zero calorie natural sweetener
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional to taste, divided
- 3 radishes, trimmed and cut into matchstick pieces (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces (about 2/3 cup)
- 2 pieces whole grain or multigrain baguette (2 ounces each)
- 8 ounces 96% lean ground beef (preferably grass fed)
- 1/4 cup (1/8 inch thick) English cucumber slices (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 12 very thin slices jalapeño rounds (about 1/2 ounce total)
- 2 teaspoons sriracha (preferably natural), or less to taste
- Preheat a grill to high.
- In a deep small bowl or storage container, combine the vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, sweetener, salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, radishes, and carrots. Set aside.
- Cut open the baguettes all the way through (sandwich style).
- On a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper, shape the beef into 2 equal patties that are about 1/2 inch larger in area than the size of one baguette piece (burgers will shrink when cooked, so if you make them slightly larger, they will fit perfectly after cooking). Season the patties with additional pepper, if desired. Grill patties on high until desired doneness is reached, about 1–2 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Meanwhile, add the baguette pieces to the grill, insides face down, away from a direct flame for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Watch carefully so they don’t burn—you just want them very lightly toasted.
- Place one bottom piece of baguette on each of two plates. Add a burger patty to each. Top each patty evenly with the cucumber, cilantro, and jalapenos.
- 7 Drain the carrots and radishes from the pickling liquid. Divide them evenly among the burgers. Drizzle each burger with sriracha and top with the baguette tops. Enjoy immediately.
If you use a mandolin to cut the carrots and radishes into matchsticks, this burger comes together in just minutes. Don’t have a mandolin? Visit me at www.devinalexander.com/diabetes and I’ll show you why you might want to invest in one and share my favorite!
Did you know that rice wine vinegar and rice vinegar are the same thing? Just be sure you buy a rice vinegar that is unseasoned for this recipe; it should have 0 calories and 0 g of sugar. The seasoned ones, however, can have as many as 120 calories and may have added sugars.
- Serving Size: 1 burger
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 2–4 minutes
2 starch, 1 nonstarchy vegetable, 3 lean protein
320 calories, 6 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 0.3 g trans fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium, 620 mg potassium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 32 g protein, 375 mg phosphorus
Added Tips and Tricks:
- Opt for lean meats over fattier cuts
- Make your own salad dressings or buy ones with a yogurt base (though be careful of sodium in store bought ones)
- Use a lower-salt substitute and always cook with fresh herbs
- Instead of butter crusts or thick doughs, opt for thinner “crusts” like fillo shells over pie crust for desserts and lavash to make thin and crispy pizza
- Instead of indulging of traditional chocolate desserts, add cacao or cocoa powder to leaner options like German Chocolate Overnight Oats
All Recipe compliments of Devin Alexander from “You Can Have It!” copyright 2018, American Diabetes Association.
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The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.