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Cheeseburgers with Grilled Onions

Points® value
Total Time
21 min
12 min
9 min
Here’s a lightened up classic. Make this recipe a staple for all your summer gatherings.


Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Black pepper

1¼ pinch(es)

Red onion

½ small, cut into 4 thin slices

Olive oil

½ tsp(s)

Dried oregano

tsp(s), crushed

Low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

¼ cup(s), sharp-variety

Reduced calorie hamburger buns

4 bun(s)


1 small, cut into 8 thin slices

Minced garlic

1 tsp(s)


  1. Preheat grill to medium-hot heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently combine beef, garlic, salt and pepper; form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Place on grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes on one side; flip and continue cooking until desired degree of doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Sprinkle each burger with 1 tablespoon of cheese; cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  3. Meanwhile, brush both sides of onion with oil. Grill until bottom is lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip onion and sprinkle with oregano; grill for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill. Place burgers on buns and top each with onion and tomato slices. Yields 1 cheeseburger per serving.


*Can also be done in a stovetop grill pan. Cooking time may vary.The secret to a juicy, lean burger is to avoid pressing down on the patty while it's cooking so it retains its juices.