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A healthy twist on the classic burger

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 2nd, 2014

While the origin of the hamburger is attributed to Hamburg Germany, Canadians have adopted it as their own and Toronto is in the middle of a burger war. Whether it’s an opulent $100 Kobe creation or a cost-effective cut of street meat, locals are devouring beef patties between two buns in mass quantities.

Cher Corbin offers his take on an all-Canadian burger by keeping the meat lean and adding fresh toppings. He substitutes a creamy black bean hummus for cheese and with all that flavour we promise you won’t miss the bacon!

Healthy twists on the classic burger

Yield 6 servings


  • 1 ½ lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small shallot- minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce – recipe below
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce- cut into 6 small wedges
  • 6 slices of Beef Steak Tomato
  • 3 large whole wheat Kaiser Rolls-sliced in half


  1. Combine in mixer, form patties, and grill.

Black Bean Hummus topping

  • 1 ½ cup drained, rinsed & cooked black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • juice from 1 lime
  • pinch of sea salt

Black Bean Hummus method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a small food processor and pulse lightly to incorporate all of the flavors and to form a thick hummus.

Tangy BBQ sauce ingredients

  • ½ cup minced fresh onion 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • ½ cup ketchup ½ cup tinned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. molasses
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. chili powder ¼ tsp. cracked black pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Tabasco pepper sauce ½ cup low sodium veg or chicken broth

BBQ sauce method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook the sauce for 20-30 minutes, be sure to stir periodically and not over heat or burn the sauce.

Courtesy Corbin Tomaszeski, @ChefCorbin

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Sweet potato and chorizo hash with fried egg

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 21st, 2014

Turn last night’s dinner into a delicious breakfast hash!

Sweet potato and chorizo hash with fried egg


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sweet potato halves, cooked and diced
  • 125 grams dry-cured spicy chorizo sausage, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large green onion, thinly sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup salsa


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes, and spread in even layer. Cook without stirring until sweet potatoes start to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir potatoes, adding in chorizo, and salt; cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter, crack in 2 eggs and cover for 1 minute. Remove from heat and keep covered for 3 minutes, or until desired doneness.
  3. Split sweet potato hash into two bowls, and top each with a fried egg. Season with salt and pepper and serve with salsa.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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Sweet potatoes with chorizo and sour cream

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 21st, 2014

Sweet potatoes go very well with chorizo sausage, cilantro, and sour cream. This recipe is very easy and if you were to pair it with a simple salad, makes for a quick weeknight meal.

Sweet potatoes with chorizo and sour cream


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 250 grams dry-cured spicy chorizo sausage, diced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Brush cut side of sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt. Place cut side down on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.
  3. About 10 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done roasting; heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add chorizo, cook and stir for 10 minutes.
  4. Top each sweet potato half with chorizo, sour cream, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Kary’s Tips:

  • A sweet potato has finished cooking when you are able to insert the tip of small knife into the thickest part of the potato and it slides in with no resistance.
  • Green onion can be substituted for cilantro as a garnish.
  • Dry-cured spicy chorizo sausage is found at the deli counter at the grocery store, usually next to the salami.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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