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I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and every New Year’s Day, we ate black-eyed peas and cabbage. Eating them is supposed to give you good luck and money in the new year. I figured that if any of that is true, I need to be eating them a lot more than once a year, so I created this WW-Friendly Southern Burger BurgerFit recipe!
Even though I used the Koops’ Horseradish Mustard, you can use almost any of the Koops’ Mustards! Some other ones that I think would be great in this recipe are:
Why eat the WW-Friendly Southern Burger?
When people think of foods with vitamin C, citrus fruits are typically the first to be named. But cabbage is a surprising source too: 1 cup of cooked cabbage contains over half the recommended amount of vitamin C for the day. Black-eyed peas contain a variety of vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, and calcium. Folate needs vitamin B12 (abundantly found in red meat) in order to be used in the body. This burger is a great way to incorporate both!
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This WW-Friendly Southern Burger recipe is super easy to prepare and you’re going to have a blast making it!
Southern BurgerFit Burger
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 1 tablespoon cooking fat
- 1 1/2 tablespoon salt divided
- 3/4 cup canned black-eyed peas
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 lb ground meat
- 1 tbsp Koops' Horseradish Mustard
- Heat a skillet on medium heat with 1 tablespoon cooking fat. Finely chop cabbage and saute with ½ teaspoon salt until soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the cabbage is cooked, add the cabbage, black-eyed peas, garlic, and onion powder to the food processor (or finely chop). Taste vegetable mixture and add more salt if desired. Let the mixture cool completely.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground meat and remaining teaspoon of salt. Gradually incorporate vegetable mixture into the ground meat. Add as much as you can while still being able to form your burgers as normal*If you end up adding too much vegetable mixture, don’t worry! Just form your burgers and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cook burgers on medium heat on the stove for 5 minutes on each side or to your preference. Cooking times can vary.
- Optional: Get your favorite cornbread, slice it into squares, and place your burger on top. Add any leftover cooked cabbage and black-eyed peas on the side (you may need to add more seasoning to them).
If you have picky eaters at your house, use green cabbage instead of purple cabbage. The green color blends well with the burger and makes it difficult to see!
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Adds a bold zesty kick to sandwiches and dips.
Meet our Founder
Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!
I love cabbage, it’s one of my favorite vegetables but the only way I know how to cook it is through the crock pot or mix it with other greens in my salad. This recipe has really opened up a new way for me to cook cabbage and be creative with the ingredients. I can’t wait to surprise my family with this delicious food!
We appreciate your review Gillean! Let us know how it goes!