Beef and Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Now that I have sufficiently gorged myself with food over the holidays, it is time to tone it down a bit.  The jeans are feeling painted on, and if I wore my wedding ring, my finger would be gasping for breath.  Yep!  It’s time for lighter, healthier eating.  This beef and veggie burger fits the bill.
Beef and Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
I love my vegetables and feel that I can be a vegetarian…but only part-time.  You see, I probably can follow a strict vegetarian diet for a short period, but I can’t completely forgo animal protein for a long duration.  The smell of meat cooking on the stovetop or grill is an irresistible temptation, and I will eventually cave to its seductiveness.  This burger is a compromise of both worlds: it contains lots of veggies for the vegetarian-wanna-be in me and beef for my carnivorous nature. It’s the kind of sandwich that I would eat when I want something substantial that also has healthy ingredients.
In this recipe, I have added broccoli stems, red pepper, corn, onions, and button mushrooms to my beef burger.  But it is so versatile that you can easily customize it to your taste and use vegetables that you like.  Just keep in mind to use a mixture of colors because it will result in prettier looking hamburgers.  Also, when using firm veggies like broccoli stems, they require a longer precooking time than softer veggies. 
Beef and Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
For the bread, use hamburger buns (whole wheat for added nutritional value) if you want the real burger eating experience.  To make the sandwich even lighter, serve it on pita bread or lavash.  Anyway you want to serve it, be assured that these burgers will be juicy, delicious, and good for you.

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