Tips for tailgating on a diet


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If you’re on a diet, you can still tailgate and eat more than just carrots and celery.

Brian Endicott from Laura’s Lean Beef stopped by the studio to cook up a delicious recipe you might want to try for this weekend’s Colts game tailgate.

Check out the recipe below and make sure to watch the video above to see how it’s made:

Blue Cheese Bloody Mary Burger Recipe

Yield: 6 burgers


For the Burger Meat

2 pounds Laura’s Lean Ground Beef

1/3 cup spicy Bloody Mary mix

¼ teaspoon celery seed

2 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste


Bloody Mary Ketchup

¾ cup ketchup

½ teaspoon celery seed

½ teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons spicy Bloody Mary mix

1 teaspoon horseradish


To Assemble the Burgers

3 tablespoons crumbled Castello Danish blue cheese

6 white onion slices, about 1/4-inch thick

6 reduced calorie burger buns

12 pimento stuffed green olives

12 petite dill pickles

6 small celery sticks


In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ½ cup Bloody Mary mix, ¼ teaspoon celery seed, egg, salt and pepper. Mix, then form into 6 evenly sized burgers.  Set aside.

In small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the Bloody Mary ketchup.  Set aside.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil followed by the burgers. You may work in 2 batches if you don’t have enough room in the skillet for all 6 burgers.

Cook the burgers on one side until browned, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook to your desired doneness, about 4 minutes more for medium. Transfer the burgers to a plate to rest for 3 minutes.

Place each burger on a bottom bun and top with an even amount of Bloody Mary ketchup followed by an onion slice and an even amount of crumbled blue cheese.  Place the top bun on.  Serve each burger with 2 pickles, 2 olives, and a celery stick.  Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 484

Calories from Fat 140g

Total Fat 16g

Saturated Fat 6g

Cholesterol 138mg

Sodium 956mg

Total Carbohydrates 35g

Dietary Fiber 6g

Sugars 12g

Protein 53g

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