Grilled Romaine Hearts and Sliders

By Anne – September 21, 2011

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to please everyone’s taste for dinner. Try serving grilled romaine hearts as a fresh new accompaniment to traditional beef sliders.

(with Anne Wilfong, RD, LD)



1 pound 95% lean ground beef

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

12 small leaves of lettuce

12 Ozery Bakery slider buns, or other

slider buns of your choice

Condiments to taste

Grilled Romaine Hearts:

1 12 oz. package romaine hearts, rinsed well

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup avocado, cubed

3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup Fresh Avocado Vinaigrette by

Cindy’s Kitchen



[1] Preheat grill on medium heat.

[2] In a large bowl, combine beef, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.

[3] Form 12 slider patties.

[4] Grill slider patties for approximately 4 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

[5] Place slider patties on bun, top with lettuce leaf and desired condiments.

Grilled Romaine Hearts:

[1] Split romaine hearts in two by slicing down the middle. Rinse again if necessary.

[2] Brush romaine hearts with olive oil.

[3] Grill romaine hearts, cut side down, for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

[4] Top grilled romaine hearts with avocado, cherry tomatoes and vinaigrette.

Serving Size: 2 sliders with 1 grilled romaine heart

Makes six servings


Calories 367

Protein 29 g

Carbs 31 g

Fat 12 g

Sodium 572 mg

Fiber 4 g

At-home cost: $2.86 per serving

Restaurant cost: $7.99 per serving

Registered and licensed dietitians, Alexa Sparkman and Anne Wilfong, can provide reliable, objective nutrition information, separate facts from fads and translate the latest scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition information. For more information about their nutrition counseling practice, contact Alexa or Anne at 512.257.0898 or

This recipe is brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

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