Recipe Review: Barbecue Burgers

27 May

Last week, after reading about it on another blog, I decided to sign up for a free trial of Plan To Eat.*  It’s a recipe organizer, meal planner, shopping list all in one.  So far I am loving it and have gotten my mom hooked as well.  I planned my meals for the week and generated my shopping list in a matter of minutes!  Because of this, I actually went grocery shopping with a plan and am cooking meals again!  It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked anything other than spaghetti or one of those frozen easy meals.

The first meal of the week was actually a recipe I’ve made several times and is always a hit with the husband.  Rachael Ray’s Barbecue Burgers.     My friend Liz gave me this recipe about 2 years ago, and then last year, she posted her review and the recipe over on her blog.    The recipe calls for ground chicken, but I typically use ground turkey.  Since we don’t have a grill (yet), I cook them under the broiler in our oven.   I tried it on the George Foreman once, which worked fine, but I prefer the oven method.   I think it is impossible to mess this recipe up.  It is just so easy, and they come out perfectly every time.  They are super moist and taste amazing.  So amazing that I don’t even need cheese or anything else on them- they are perfect all by themselves.

Here’s Liz’s version of the recipe:

Barbecue Burgers

4 Servings @ 5 Pts Each


  • 1 lb lean ground chicken, turkey, or beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Montreal Seasoning
  • a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat broiler to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the ground meat in a bowl with the garlic, onion, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and Montreal seasoning. Add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Combine ingredients to form 4 patties.
  3. Place on broiler pan coated with cooking spray.
  4. Broil for 10 minutes on each side.

Source : Rachael Ray’s “365: No Repeats”

More recipes to come!   I’m having my family over for dinner tomorrow night to start off the Memorial Day Weekend.   I am definitely ready for a long, relaxing weekend!  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

* Disclaimer: Plan to Eat has never heard of me and definitely did not pay me to sign up for or review their website.  I just really like it a lot!

2 Responses to “Recipe Review: Barbecue Burgers”

  1. Liz June 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    I signed up for Plan To Eat when I first read about it, but then I forgot to use it before my free trial expired. Oops. How much does it cost?

    And thanks for the pingback! I’m glad you guys like the burgers – they’re Ryan’s favorite!

    • Jenn June 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

      Plan To Eat is $5 a month or $40 a year. My free trial is coming to an end and I’m definitely signing up for a year. It makes meal planning so much simpler for me.

      No problem! Thanks for introducing me to this recipe. It is seriously the best home burger recipe I’ve ever tried!

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