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Classic Hamburgers

June Martin, RD

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash

Classic Hamburgers

Making your own burgers is relatively quick and easy and this recipe has a fraction of the sodium of prepared burgers. Another bonus? If you are on a high protein diet, you can make the burgers big and if you are on a lower protein diet you can make your portion exactly right for you!


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, minced or 2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp no salt added steak spice (or ground pepper)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


In bowl, mix egg with onion, bread crumbs, spices and mustard. Add beef, combining gently. Shape into patties (makes 4 regular sized burgers).

Place on greased grill over medium heat. Grill, turning once, until no longer pink inside and internal temperature reads 160°F (71°C).

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 327.9 KCal
  • Protein: 31.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Fibre: 0.7 g
  • Total Fat: 18.1 g
  • Sodium: 162.8 mg
  • Phosphorus: 225.9 mg
  • Potassium: 434 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 4

Serving size: 1 regular sized burger

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

4 Protein choices + 1/2 starch

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

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