Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger

Summer BBQ Recipes: Healthy Burger
Jay Sullivan

06/26/2013 AT 05:00 PM EDT

America's favorite barbecue food isn't always the healthiest: A juicy cheeseburger sitting on a bun with all the trimmings can set you back a lot of calories. But not this burger, from slimmed-down Food Network host Gina Neely (of Down Home with the Neelys), which is served on a lettuce leaf and uses lean ground beef.

If you're worried about how delicious your burger will taste, well, fear not, Nelly tells PEOPLE. "I've removed most of the carbs … but it doesn't sacrifice the burger flavor," she promises. We agree!

Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger

Makes 2
• 10 oz. lean (85%) ground beef
• ½ tsp. kosher salt
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• Several dashes of Worcestershire sauce
• ½ medium red onion, sliced
• 4 large lettuce leaves
• ½ beefsteak tomato, sliced
• Toppings: ketchup, mustard

Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger| Great Ideas

Raymond Hom

1. Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees F (medium-high). Combine beef, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Shape mixture evenly into 2 patties.
2. Grill burgers and onions on lightly oiled grill rack, covered with grill lid, 2 minutes on each side or until onions are soft and burgers are desired degree of doneness.
3. Place lettuce leaf on serving plate; top with burger, onion, tomato, desired toppings and remaining lettuce leaf. Repeat procedure; serve immediately.

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