Candice's Skinny Jeans Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Instead of an all-beef burger, Candice Kumai mixed the beef with carmelized onions and mushrooms, to make the burger half-meat and half-veggie. That cut the calories in half and enhanced the taste! Plus, the onions have quercetin, an antioxidant that can help battle belly fat.

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Celebrity chefs Todd English, Candice Kumai and Aaron Sanchez all created a healthy version of an American classic: the hamburger. Each one of these recipes includes a fat-burning trick to help you shed pounds without feeling deprived. Find out what each of these chefs did to make their burgers delicious and diet-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (about 3 oz.) cremini mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 8 whole wheat slider rolls
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

Directions

Makes 8 mini burgers.

Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the oregano, parsley, and sea salt, turn off the heat and transfer to a medium bowl to cool.

Place the ground beef in a large bowl, add the cooled mushroom mixture, and gently fold the two together. Divide the ground beef mixture into 8 equal balls and then gently form each into semi-compact 2 1/2- to 3-inch thick patties. Split the rolls in half and brush the cut side with some of the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Set aside.

Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the burgers and grill on each side until browned, about 2 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a plate while you grill the rolls, cut-sides down, until golden and etched with grill marks from the pan, about 1 minute. Place each patty on a bun bottom and top with a slice of tomato. Spread some honey mustard on the other bun half and top of the slider.