Hillcrest dietician Stephanie Harris has a healthy and treat that's low carb and tasty.

The recipe yields 48 bites and takes about 20 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds 93% ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces cheddar or colby jack cheese cut into 48 pieces
  • 24 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • Optional: pickles

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Using about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture, make 48 mini patties or meatballs.
  4. Place them on a foil lined baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Turn oven off and add a slice of cheese to each burger bite. Place back in oven to melt cheese for 2-3 minutes. Set aside to prepare remaining ingredients.
  5. To assemble burgers on a toothpick, start with a tomato half, pickle, lettuce, and cheeseburger and serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.