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Sonic Drive-In Jalapeno Burger Reduced-Fat

By Todd Wilbur


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One day in 1958, when Top Hat restaurants were operating in several Oklahoma cities, lawyers informed founder Troy Smith that Top Hat was already a copyrighted name and that he would have to make some hasty changes. The chain's partners searched for a name that summed up the company motto: "Service at the Speed of Sound." They agreed that the name Sonic had a nice ring to it.

Sonic is now the country's fifth-largest hamburger chain and boasts some amazing statistics. For example, if you were to take all of the hamburger patties Sonic served last year and stack them up, they would be as tall as 2,576 Empire State Buildings stacked one on top of the other. 

If you like your burgers with a spicy kick and dig mustard, try this reduced-fat clone for one of Sonic's tastiest creations.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 sandwich
Total servings–1
Calories per serving–400 (Original–380)
Fat per serving–10.5g (Original–16g)

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. 

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  • 1/4 pound super lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • 1 large plain white hamburger bun
  • Fat-free butter-flavored spray
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 6 to 10 canned jalapeno slices (nacho rings)
  • 1/3 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Sonic Drive-In
    • Instructions

      1. Form the ground beef into a circle the same diameter as the bun. Cover with wax paper and freeze.

      2. When ready to prepare the burger, preheat a large skillet or griddle pan over medium heat.

      3. Spray a light coating of the butter spray over the face of the top and bottom bun. Brown the faces of the bun in the skillet, then remove them and set them aside.

      4. Place the beef patty into the hot pan and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until done.

      5. As the patty cooks, build the burger by first spreading the mustafd over the face of the bottom bun.

      6. Arrange the jalapeno slices on the mustard.

      7. Arrange the lettuce on the sandwich next.

      8. When the beef is ready, stack it on top of the other condiments, and top off the sandwich with the top bun. If you'd like the buns warmer, microwave the burger on high for 10 to 15 seconds.

      Makes 1 burger.

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