Salsa Burger and Fries

*courtesy of Slimming World US


Who would have guessed that a burger and fries could taste this good and still be healthy?  The delicious patty really satisfies and the fresh salsa is a treat for the taste buds.

Serves 4

Ready in 40 minutes

4 large baking potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch fries

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Low calorie cooking spray

1 3/4lb extra lean ground beef

4 oz very finely chopped onion

4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

4 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

4 whole-wheat buns

4 lettuce leaves and 4 slices of tomato

Grated carrot and shredded red cabbage, to serve


For the salsa:

3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

½ small onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp artificial sweetener

4 tbsp water

1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1-2 drops Tabasco sauce


1                     Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

2                     Place the fries in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from the water and drain well on paper towels, then leave to dry for about 10 minutes.

3                     Remove the water from the pan and return the fries to the dry pan, cover with a lid, and shake to roughen up the edges of the fries (this helps them to crisp up when you bake them).  Transfer to a nonstick roasting pan, spray with low-calorie cooking spray, and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally.

4                     Meanwhile place all of the salsa ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

5                     To make the hamburgers, place the ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a bowl and, using your hands, combine thoroughly.  Season well, divide into four, and shape into patties.  Spray the burgers with low-calorie cooking spray, place under a hot broiler, and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking.  Remove and keep warm.

6                     To assemble the hamburgers, split the buns in half and place a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice on top of each base.  Top with a burger and some of the salsa and serve immediately with the fries and some grated carrot and shredded red cabbage.