Hungry Girl: How to Make a Healthy In-N-Out Burger at Home

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eleven books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

In-N-Out Burger is a West Coast institution. Celebs are obsessed with it! The chain’s Animal Style Burgers — off the not-so-secret menu — are especially popular. Mustard is cooked right into the burger, and the special sauce and grilled onions are so tasty! Locations are starting to creep eastward, but food lovers in most of the country still can’t get their hands on these old-school burgers. (Sad!) Worry not…

I’ve got a great swap made with lean ingredients that you can whip up wherever you live. Pair your burger with these baked butternut squash fries for a complete fast-food experience without a side of guilt.

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Hungry Girl’s Animal Style Burger Swap
Serves: 1

1½ tsp. light mayonnaise
1½ tsp. ketchup
1 tsp. sweet relish
1 small hamburger bun (130 calories or less)
1 large slice tomato
1 leaf iceberg lettuce
¼ cup chopped white onion
4 oz. extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
Dash garlic powder
Dash onion powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1 slice 2% milk American cheese
Optional: dill pickle chips

1. In a small bowl, combine mayo, ketchup, and relish. Mix well.

2. Spread mixture on the bottom bun half, and top with tomato and lettuce.

3. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to high heat. Cook and stir onion until softened and browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

4. Remove skillet from heat; clean, if needed. Re-spray with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat.

5. Season beef with garlic powder and onion powder, and evenly form into a patty. Place in the skillet, and spread with ½ tsp. mustard. Cook for 4 minutes.

6. Flip patty, and spread with remaining ½ tsp. mustard. Cook for 4 more minutes, or until cooked to your preference.

7. Top with cheese. Cover and cook until melted, about 45 seconds.

8. Place cheesy patty over the lettuce on the bun. Top with cooked onion, and finish with the top bun half.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Nutritional information: Entire recipe: 386 calories, 12g total fat (4g sat fat), 881mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 10g sugars, 32.5g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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