Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free hamburger buns in this dish. Check for flour or modified food starch in pre-shredded cheese and mayonnaise. Best Foods and Hellman's mayonnaises are gluten-free.


"If the melting pot exists, the cheeseburger may well be its most palpable product; to take a bite of it is to take a bite of history..."
-Elizabeth Rozin, Cookbook author

The refrigerator light goes on...

I was a bit tripped up by this recipe. I had made the burgers the first time and they were on the salty side. While I am more sensitive to sodium content than some people, it seemed odd because I hadn’t added that much salt. I chalked it up to the provolone cheese. I had picked it up in a hurry and it was a Kraft product that had more salt than the cheese I usually purchase.

I didn't like the texture of the provolone anyway and switched to mozzarella (which is great), but there was still the saltiness. That's when my wife checked the can of Creole Spice I was using. Tony Chachere's is a popular brand in New Orleans, and I had used their Salt Free Seasoning before, but only in stews and such.

A look at the can showed that it used potassium as a salt substitute. Checking my other brands in the house, including Paul Prudhomme, McCormick and Spice Hunter, showed that they were salt and potassium free – spice alone.

The third time was the charm, with a great burger that's not too salty.

It just goes to show, however, just how important reading food labels can be. Even with more than two decades of obsessing over Nutrition Facts and ingredient lists on packages, I was tripped up.

Canned Oil Spray

You can buy spray olive oil in cans (as well as other vegetable oils, including canola and grapeseed oil). The quality of this oil is good enough but I prefer the sprayer that I bought at the local kitchen store. This can be filled with any oil that you like.

Cajun Cheeseburger

Servings = 2 | Serving size =one cheeseburger

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

Serve with Waldorf Salad or Parmesan Squash. or Pan Grilled Broccoli or Pan Grilled Asparagus or Cole Slaw or Cucumbers in Yogurt with Mint or Zucchini Salad

8 ounces 95% lean ground beef
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 tsp Cajun / Creole spice blend (salt free)
1/4 cup green bell pepper (finely diced)
1/4 cup onion (finely diced)
spray oil
1 1/2 ounces part skim milk mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced)
2 whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns
2 Tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a medium sized skillet in the oven.

Place the ground beef in a small mixing bowl and add the salt and pepper with 1 teaspoon of the Creole / Cajun spice mix. Using a fork, blend in the seasonings well. Add the second teaspoon of spice with the green bell pepper and onion. Blend well.

Divide the ground beef mixture in half and pat into two patties.

When the oven is hot, spray the pan lightly with oil.

Add the burgers to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side and turn. Top each with half of the sliced cheese and cook for about another 5 minutes.

Serve on the hamburger bun with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, tomato and onion as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = one cheeseburger

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 367 Calories from Fat 113
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 19%
    Saturated Fat 6g 28%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 526mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
    Sugars 7g  
Protein 34g  
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 23% Iron 25%
Vitamin K 29 mcg Potassium 650 mg
Magnesium 77 mg