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Extra-lean burger and salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
Forget fat-packed takeaway burgers. Tuck into our homemade 'fakeaway' treat. As part of an <a href=_http_/ diet</a> plan, 1 serving provides 2 of your 6 daily vegetable portions. This meal provides 255 kcal per portion.


  1. Spray a small frying pan with oil and cook the onion and mushrooms over a medium heat for five minutes, or until well softened, stirring regularly. Tip into a heatproof bowl and leave to cool for five minutes.

  2. Add the beef, thyme and lots of ground black pepper. Mix well and form into two balls. Flatten into burger shapes, each around 2cm/¾in thick.

  3. Clean the pan and return to the hob. Spray with a little more oil and cook the burgers over a medium-low heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned on the outside and cooked through inside.

  4. Serve the burgers with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber.


  • low-calorie cooking spray
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 100g/3½oz Portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 250g/9oz extra-lean minced beef (under 5% fat)
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • 120g/4½oz cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cucumber, sliced

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