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The Perfect Potluck Recipe: Mini-Burgers

skinny hamburgers on a stickNancy can be found at SkinnyKitchen sharing her favorite recipes. You’ll find a range of ideas that will meet all of your cooking needs so stop by and tell her we sent you! 

These adorable little burgers will delight everyone! They’re so good. They’re bun-free and topped with a yummy, skinny Thousand Island dressing you’re going to love. Serving food on a stick is always a fun way to go. Great for parties and watching sports. The kids will love them for dinner served with my sweet potato fries or these delicious garlic parmesan baked french fries. Each mini burger on a stick has just 36 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients for Burgers:

Cooking spray

1 pound extra lean ground beef, see shopping tip

1 egg white

1 cup onion, grated or minced small

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

½ teaspoon Lawrys seasoning salt or ¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Thousand Island Dressing:

1½ tablespoons ketchup

1½ tablespoons mustard

1½ tablespoons light mayonnaise

½ tablespoon relish

Ingredients for Sticks:

28 toothpicks

28 pieces of romaine lettuce

28 grape or small cherry tomatoes


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for burgers. Using clean hands, mix until well combined. Roll mixture (cup each) into 28 round mini burgers (like meatballs).

3. Place burgers onto baking sheet and bake until cooked through about 16-18 minutes.

4. While burgers are baking, prepare Thousand Island dressing. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and relish. Next, cut the lettuce into pieces and wash grape tomatoes. Note: These sticks come together quickly, if you prep everything while burgers are baking.

4. Remove burgers from oven. Youll notice all the fat from the meat has oozed out onto baking sheet. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, remove burgers to a plate. Dip top of each burger into Thousand Island dressing.

5. To make each: using a toothpick, add 1 burger, next lettuce and top with 1 grape tomato. Serve immediately. Mini burgers will last in fridge for several days and can be reheated. You can store any leftover burgers in freezer.

Makes 28 mini burgers on a stick

Shopping Tip
I used Trader Joe’s extra lean ground beef (96/4) but most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef.

Serving Tips
Turn these mini burgers on a stick into a dinner by serving at least 4 per person. Serve with french fries and a delicious vegetable – or use them as an appetizer for your next party.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 mini burger on a stick
36 calories, 1g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 7mg chol, 4g prot, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 92mg sod, 1g sugar

FACTS: for SmartPoints
30 calories, 0.3g sat. fat, 1g sugar, 3g protein

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Thursday 16th of June 2016

Thanks ladies for sharing! All the best, Nancy

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