The Official Abs Diet Burger


I'd been intrigued by this burger since I saw this recipe in one of the Abs Diet books way back in 2005 or so when I did it the first time. I have no good reason for never making the burger before, so it was one of the first recipes I decided to try out.

Don't let the ingredients turn you away. They are a bit...unusual...for a burger to say the least but I guarantee that its worth a shot!

The Official Abs Diet Burger
Source: The New Abs Diet Cookbook, page 195
Servings: 4
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    • 1 lb. very lean ground beef
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
    • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup onion, minced
    • 2 tbsp. reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • whole wheat burger buns 
    • Optional Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles
1. Combine the ground beef through crushed red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Form into 4 large patties. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to grill.
2. Preheat grill to high heat. Grill burgers for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through.
3. Serve on whole wheat buns with your choice of optional toppings.

This recipe has 5 power foods; lean ground beef, egg, spinach, oats and cheese. I wasn't sure if Tom was going to even eat this burger since it had quite a bit of 'green stuff' in it. But I made them up anyway and hoped for the best. Holy cow is this a filling burger. I honestly had a hard time eating the whole burger. Depending on your specific ingredients the calories will vary a bit, but even with the bun, you should easily be able to keep this under 400 calories which is incredibly impressive for how much it fills you up.

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