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Instead of broiling, you can cook these burgers stovetop in a cast-iron pan or on the barbecue grill.

Classic cheeseburgers and Slimming World fries

55 minutes
4 servings
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This healthy twist on the quarter pounder is as delicious as the original! Enjoy with 1 level tablespoon of store-bought ketchup for just 1 Syn, if desired.
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4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½”-thick sticks
Cooking spray*
For the burgers
1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
½ shallot, very finely chopped
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2–3 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
4 (2-oz. each) whole-wheat buns, toasted
Lettuce leaves and tomato slices
8 American cheese slices
Grated carrot and shredded red cabbage
*Please note up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays.


  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook for 4 minutes. Drain, then transfer to paper towels and set aside to dry for about 10 minutes. Dry the pot.
  2. Return the potatoes to the pot, cover it with a lid and shake to 'rough up' the edges of the fries (this helps them become crisp when you bake them). Transfer to a nonstick rimmed baking sheet, spray with cooking spray* and bake for 20–25 minutes, until browned and crisp, turning occasionally. Remove from the oven and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, put the ground beef, shallot, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in a medium bowl and, using your hands, combine thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide into four and shape into flat burgers.
  4. Turn the oven to broil and place the burgers on the broiler-pan rack. Broil 3–4” from the heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. At the end of the cooking time top each burger with 2 cheese slices until slightly melted.
  5. To assemble the burgers, fill each bun with a lettuce leaf and tomato slices and a burger. Serve immediately with the fries and, on the side, some grated carrot, and shredded red cabbage.


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