Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger

5 WWPP Posted by 4 years ago 20 Comments

WOW was this good.

I mean seriously good.

It’s not vegetarian so don’t start throwing stones. I’m calling it a Garden Vegetable Burger because I use the new Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - The Lauging Cow

It was this recipe on that inspired me. I never thought of using cream cheese IN a burger or on one for that matter. The result was a amazing! Juicy, flavorful, and cheesy without oozing with calories. A fun twist for burger night!

I used beef but any ground meat would be fine, I’m sure. I also only made 2 servings but you could easy double, triple, whatever to make for a bigger crowd or to freeze for quick lunches/dinners.

Here’s what I did…Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger

Please note you could really use any garden veggies you have on hand. Just mince up what you have in the fridge!

Preheat the grill or grill pan.

Separate the meat into 4 – 2 oz portions and form them into thin patties.

In a small bowl add the cheese, pepper, onion, chives and zucchini.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - step 1

Mash everything together with the back of spoon.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - step 2

Smear half of the cheese and vegetable mixture on one of the patties.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - step 3

Top with another patty and seal the edges.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - step 4

Repeat for the other burger.

Grill 4-5 minutes a side.

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - step 5

Do NOT squish the burger while cooking. You shouldn’t anyway but with cheese in the middle it’s especially important. :)

I served mine on an Whole Wheat English Muffin with a bed of spinach leaves.

Looks like a regular burger until…

Cheesy Garden Vegetable Burger - finished

Ohh yea! vegetable cheesy goodness!!

Note: Ketchup was NOT needed. That’s how much flavor the cheese added. You guys know how much I love ketchup too. I forgot to add it for the photo and then took a bite, didn’t even notice it wasn’t on there!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1 patty NOT including bun
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
220 13g 0g old: 5.5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
0g 7g 0g 23g

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    May 7, 2012

    That looks SOOO yummy!!!! Im looking forward to trying it! Reply


    May 7, 2012

    Oh yum! Reply


    May 7, 2012

    That looks divine!!! YUM! Reply


    May 8, 2012

    omg this looks so good! Reply


    May 8, 2012

    Holy Moley this looks so delicious! Grocery shopping tomorrow. Will have to pick up some Laughing cow. Mmmmm!!! Reply


    May 8, 2012

    Your version may not be vegetarian but it can certainly be made that way by replacing smashed black beans for the ground beef and I'm sure it would be as delicious as your burger looks. You would have to use an indoor grill pan for my version though. Reply

    Patty at A Day in My NYC

    May 8, 2012

    YUM and yum! Any reason why not to mix in the other ingredients with the meat before grilling? Just curious. Reply


    May 8, 2012

    I was going for the stuffed burger aspect. You could mix it in but you'd lose the "cheesiness" factor. Reply


    May 8, 2012

    Were the chopped veges in the middle still crunchy or were they soft? If crunchy, do you suppose you could cook them a bit first, then add to the cheese and put in the hamburger? Reply


    May 8, 2012

    They were so small there was no noticeable crunch. Not that I remember anyway. Being that small they may have cooked in the burger. That being said I don't see why you couldn't cook them first but I'd wait until the cooled before mixing with the cheese. It would melt and be harder to handle in my opinion. Reply

    Kelly Eaton

    May 8, 2012

    This looks so tasty! I really want to drive to the store for some ground beef!! I'm making this tomorrow! Thanks for another great recipe Roni! Reply


    May 10, 2012

    I made em....whoa baby was it yummy!! the kids ate them up too....I only had onion and zucchini so I grated them both, mixed it up with the cheese and made sliders (tho I think regular size burgers would be a bit easier!) with some mini buns from Trader Joes! I used to do something similar with regular cream cheese and bbq sauce...might have to try it again only subbing laughing cow! Thanks Roni! Reply

    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss

    May 11, 2012

    I made 'em, too ... except I must have missed the part where you said not to squish them, because I used my George Foreman Grill and cut into a cheese-less burger. :P I'll know better for next time! Reply

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    May 13, 2012

    You seriously come up with the most brilliant ideas. Reply


    May 17, 2012

    I just recently became a huge Roni fan. My daughter started reading a book called, "Beyond Diet" and has me and my husband trying to eat healthier. In turn, she found this site and now I'm addicted. These burgers look great and I am making them tonight. My husband, like Roni's, frowns at all the veggie concoctions but loves burgers. Thanks again for all you do to help all of us who need healthy meal ideas! Reply

    Kelly Lewis

    July 18, 2012

    Any suggestions for the LC replacement flavor? They don't have the veggie one in my area yet :( Reply


    July 18, 2012

    Just regular cream cheese will still give you the same effect. It will still be tasty! Reply


    March 22, 2013

    I am going to start Weight Watchers. I am tired of being at least 40 pounds overweight. Your blog looks like a fantastic resource for me to begin eating healthy. Thank you! A question. The points that you calculated for these patties include the english muffin, or do I need to add the points of the english muffin to the points that you calculated? Thanks again! Reply


    March 25, 2013

    Hi Elena - it's just the patty you'd have to add in the English muffin. Hope that helps! Reply

    Catherine Beaudet

    November 4, 2013

    I made this over the weekend to have for my work lunches. I don't have access to the Garden Sensations Laughing Cow here in Canada so I added a teaspoon of veggie soup mix for every wedge. I also let these "set" in the freezer for about 20 or so minutes before baking them off for 15-20 minutes at 425 F. I found the patty too soft and fragile to attempt to grill (that and it's really cold out here these days) so baking seemed to lend itself well. I packed them away in single serve containers with some baby spinach, mustard and Sriracha as my only condiments on a Weight Watchers hamburger bun. YUM-OH!! It hits all the right notes in terms of creaminess, slight veggie tang, savoury meaty-ness. Love it! Reply