The Perfect Burger Recipe for National Burger Month

Tuesday 17th, May 2016 / 11:49 Written by
The Perfect Burger Recipe for National Burger Month

Yummy Western Burger is a Mouth-Watering Recipe for Backyard Grilling from the Texas Beef Council


Here is a special burger recipe for the Western Burger in honor of National Burger Month in May, courtesy of Texas Beef Council. It is a perfect, guilt-free way to celebrate the month-long holiday and gives a nutritious spin on one of Texans’ summertime staples fit for any backyard gathering.

Western Burger

Created by Texas Beef Council



  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced


  1. Combine Ground Beef, jalapeño pepper, onion, cilantro, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (on preheated gas grill, cook over medium heat, covered, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160 degrees F, turning occasionally.
  3. Place each burger on a lettuce leaf. Evenly top with tomato, avocado and onion slices.  Wrap lettuce leaves around burgers.

Nutrition information per serving: 254 calories; 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 75mg cholesterol; 137 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 4.8 g fiber; 24 g protein; 6.1 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 3.1 mg iron; 18.7 mcg selenium; 5.9 mg zinc; 85.7 mg choline.


Nutrition Information:

  • Pairing lean beef with delicious veggies and whole grains provides a well-balanced meal that your whole family will love.
  • Eating nutrient-rich foods satisfies your body, helping you feel fuller longer while providing much needed nutrients.
  • Eating nutrient-rich foods, like colorful fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean beef, helps you get more essential nutrients from fewer calories.
  • Beef is power packed with 10 essential nutrients that fuel healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods you can eat! On average, a three-ounce serving of lean beef has only 150 calories and supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for 10 essential nutrients.


Grilling Tips:

  • Temperature of grill: to check temperature, use a grill surface thermometer or cautiously hold the palm of your hand above the coals at cooking height. Count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that position before the heat forces you to pull it away; 4 seconds for medium heat.
  • Season beef: straight from refrigerator, with herbs or spices as desired. Place on cooking grid directly over heat.
  • Grill to desired doneness: using a thermometer, cook burgers to at least 160°F. Serve with favorite toppers and enjoy!



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