South Beach Diet Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

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If you’re skipping the bun, simply sprinkle a little balsamic on top of the tomato. Click here to purchase your copy of The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook.


  • 1 1/4 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 tbsp reduced-fat soft goat cheese, preferably one flavored with herbs or garlic
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 very thin whole-wheat sandwich rolls
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 thick slices tomato
  • Bibb lettuce


In a large bowl, combine the turkey, flaxmeal, bell pepper, scallions, 2 tablespoons of the goat cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Using your hands, blend well and form into 4 balls. Poke a hole into the center of each ball and stuff each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining goat cheese.

Pinch the turkey mixture to seal in the cheese and gently form into 4 patties. Make them as flat as you can (to speed the cooking), taking care not to squeeze the cheese out.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pan with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to medium, add the patties, and cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the patties over and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan, reduce the heat to a high simmer, and cover. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the burgers are cooked all the way through. Meanwhile, lightly toast the sandwich rolls, if using.

To serve, brush one side of each of 4 roll halves with balsamic vinegar. Top a burger, a tomato slice, lettuce (if using), and the other roll half.

Adapted The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook by Arthur Agatston, M.D. © 2010 by Arthur Agatston, M.D. By arrangement with Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.


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