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Using the right ingredients, burgers can definitely be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Next time you're in the mood for a hearty burger try this homemade version. Fresh ingredients make all the difference! 


400g lean beef mince
1 small brown onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 egg, lightly whisked
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
4 wholegrain bread rolls, sliced in half
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 slices beetroot (tinned)
4 slices low fat cheese or 50g grated low fat cheese
8 leaves of iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 tablespoons of chutney or relish


Place beef mince, onion, carrot, zucchini and herbs with egg in large bowl. Gently combine and shape into four hamburgers.
Preheat BBQ or grill on medium high heat. Brush both sides of the hamburger with oil and cook for 4 – 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
Place lettuce, tomato, beetroot and carrot on bottom half of bread roll, top with hamburger, cheese and chutney or relish and top half of bread roll.

*Adapted and reproduced by Cancer Council Queensland with permission.

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