Well hi there! Happy Thursday to ya! If you have decided to start a low carb diet or maybe you’re just looking to cut some extra carbs out of your life. Whatever the case may be, I can assure you that these Low Carb Sheet Pan Burgers will be on repeat around your house just as they are around ours. If you love the idea of these Low Carb Sheet Pan Burgers but you still really want the carbs, you can add some roasted carrots as one of your side items (like I did) or add the hamburger buns to the burgers. However you may choose to serve these sheet pan burgers, I can assure you that you will enjoy them! While I have not committed to a fully low carb lifestyle (yet), I have been doing a lot of self reflection here lately and just really assessing where I am in life with my health journey and where I want to be this time next year. I know that making lifestyle changes are a very personal commitment because there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” weight loss plan or balanced life style. Just as our bodies are made in a beautiful, unique way, so we all must find the path of health and wellness that best suits our individuality and personal needs and goals.
With all of that being said, I will share something really personal with you today. We’re all friends here so I feel like this is a safe place to really share my heart. I have struggled with my weight or maybe it was more of a struggle with my self image all of my life. I have never felt that I was thin or fit enough. These thoughts were not based on a doctor’s medical evaluation of me or that of another health professional, but something that was always implied by different people close to me in my life. After many years of changing my mindset through learning what a healthy self image is and through the loving help and affirmation of my husband, I have finally overcome the feelings of inadequacy associated with a number on the scale or a size of clothing. However, since having my son, I have experienced some stubborn pounds that seem to have came to stay. My pursuit of health and weight loss is for a different reason in this stage in my life. I simply want to be healthy, feel well, and be the best that I can be for my son and husband. I’m still trying to work out what steps need to be taken and changes made in my life in order to accomplish that goal. I’ll let you know if I ever get it all figured out.
This recipe for Low Carb Sheet Pan Burgers was born out of my desire to cut some unneeded calories as well as carbs and make a healthier dinner choice for me and my family. So come on over, step into my kitchen, roll up your sleeves, wash your hands, and let’s get to work making this fabulous meal! You all know the drill by now, go ahead and start preheating your oven to 400F. Preheating the oven just makes the cooking time go by faster and more efficiently. While you’re at it, grab your sheet pan and line it with parchment paper. The parchment paper just keeps the food from sticking to the sheet pan and makes for easier clean up once the food is cooked. If you don’t have parchment paper you can always use foil or just spray the sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.
I started out with one really large crown of fresh broccoli. Wash the broccoli well under some cool water then shake it a little to get some of the excess water off. Place the head of broccoli on a cutting board and cut the large stem off at the bottom. You want to remove the stem until your knife is just right up under the bush part of the broccoli. (Just so you know, “bush part” is a highly technical, very sophisticated cooking term that only the best in the business know. Just sayin’).
Once you’ve removed the long stems of the broccoli, cut any of those larger…bushes…(what IS that bushy part called anyways?!) in half and even into fourths if needed, to create bite sized broccoli florets. Once your florets are chopped and ready to go, place them on one side of your lined sheet pan and leave the opposite side open for the hamburger patties.
Now that the broccoli is ready and out of the way, grab a mozzarella cheese stick (I just used one of those string cheese sticks) and cut it into three pieces.
Place your ground beef into a mixing bowl and get ready to start adding some seasonings. You can use any grade of ground beef for this recipe, but I prefer using 85% – 90% lean ground beef for the best flavor.
Add in 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
Now for my super secret and super special ingredient (okay, maybe not super secret but definitely super special!) 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce! That one sauce that literally everyone on the face of the planet says differently!
Now that all of your seasonings have been added to the ground beef, give it all a good stir to ensure that it all combines well. You might be able to do this with a spoon or you may need to just get in there with your hands and mix it. Whatever the case, make sure it’s all mixed well!
Once all of the ingredients have been mixed into the meat, scoop out 1/3 of the meat into your palm and then place one of the mozzarella slices in the middle of the meat.
Use the meat to form a ball around the mozzarella stick and them round the meat patty so that it is uniform and even. Just make sure that none of the cheese is showing through the meat.
Repeat the above process with all of the hamburger meat until you have formed three patties. Place the hamburger patties on the sheet pan beside the broccoli florets.
Grab some all purpose BBQ Dry Rub seasoning (I used Head Country brand) and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the hamburger patties and broccoli florets.
Place the sheet pan in the hot oven and cook for 8 minutes, then carefully remove it from the oven. Flip the broccoli over and slightly tilt the pan to allow the fat from the burgers to run into the broccoli florets. This just gives the broccoli such a wonderful flavor! Once that is complete, place the sheet pan back in the oven and cook for an additional 8 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and no pink remains.
Once the meat and broccoli is cooked, carefully remove it from the oven and get ready to dig in!
I paired our Low Carb Sheet Pan Burgers with these Oven Roasted Carrots but if you want a lower carb or Keto friendly option, just add some cauliflower florets on your sheet pan with the broccoli when you cook this meal and that will be perfect!
Once again, I thank you for taking the time to step into my kitchen and listen to me talk about life and food. I just love all ya’ll! I hope you’ll check back in soon to see what I’m whipping up in my little kitchen, you just never know what I might create next! Happy feasting my friends!
Low Carb Sheet Pan Burgers
A delicious and flavorful low carb meal, perfect for the whole family!
- 1 lb lean ground hamburger
- 1 mozzarella cheese stick cut into three pieces
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp All purpose BBQ Dry Rub I used Head Country
- 1 large crown of broccoli cut into florets
Preheat oven to 400F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Wash the head of broccoli and cut the bottom stem off, then cut the individual pieces of broccoli into florets with short stems. Place the broccoli on one end of the sheet pan.
Place the ground hamburger, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper into a medium sized mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
Slice the mozzarella cheese stick into three pieces and scoop out 1/3 of the meat mixture into your hand and flatten it out, placing the cheese stick in the center.
Form the meat around the cheese stick making sure that the cheese stick is completely covered and the meat is formed into a ball.
Place the meat patty on the opposite side of the sheet pan that the broccoli is on and repeat the process with the other two patties and cheese sticks.
Place the sheet pan in the oven and allow to cook for about 8 minutes before removing from the oven.
Turn the broccoli over on the pan and tilt the pan so that the fat from the burgers runs into the broccoli and flavors it.
Place the sheet pan back into the oven and cook for an additional 8 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and browned.
Remove the pan from the oven and serve with your choice of side items. Enjoy!