Skinny Cheeseburger Boats Recipe


You might know this about me, but I’m a bit of a cheeseburger fiend. I find myself breaking my diet and ordering a cheeseburger at a restaurant all too often, even if there’s a really good-sounding salad on the menu. So, knowing this about myself, I’ve come up with a rule for myself: I cannot, under any circumstances, deprive myself of cheeseburgers. So, I developed this recipe for skinny cheeseburger boats. It means that I can satisfy my burger craving without destroying my weight-loss plan. Pretty great, right?

Yields: 18 cheeseburger boats | Serving size: 2 cheeseburger boats | Calories: 237 | Total Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 396mg | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Protein: 18g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (optional ground turkey)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 medium bell peppers of varied colors, (remove core, seeds, and membrane)
  • 2/3 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 5 slices (reduced-fat) cheddar cheese, (any cheese slice will work


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice each bell pepper into 6 vertical pieces, along the indention line. Set peppers aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine meat, onion, salt, pepper, 1/3 cup ketchup, and mustard.
  4. Add meat mixture to boats. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook until meat is done, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove boats from the oven, drizzle with remaining ketchup, then top each with 1/4 cheese slice, place back in the oven and bake just until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove boats and enjoy will hot!


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