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One of my most favorite 4th of July BBQ foods is a good old fashioned, fresh from the grill hamburger or cheeseburger!

Unfortunately, those burgers can come with some pretty hefty nutritional stats. But my recipe is so amazingly delicious, it will knock your socks off! And don’t worry — it’s not a veggie burger or even a turkey burger — it’s a real, honest-to-goodness real beef hamburger!

It’s the perfect Weight Watchers Fourth of July recipe to use if you are following the Weight Watchers plan, but still want to partake in all the holiday BBQ yumminess!

This is definitely you’ll want to add to your 4th of July picnic’s menu!

4th of July Hamburger Recipe


  • 1 package of Wonder Light Hamburger Buns (8 buns in package)
  • 32 oz. extra lean ground beef (it should be around 140 calories for 4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning/salad mix
  • 4 minced garlic gloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg whites, ranch seasoning mix, garlic, and salt and pepper together, until thoroughly blended.
  2. Form meat into 8 flat and thin hamburger shaped patties. Barbecue on the grill until desired level of cooking is reaching.
  3. Place patty on bun and garnish. Enjoy!

*You can garnish your hamburger with any of the following and it will not affect the Weight Watchers Points value: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, jalapeños, roasted peppers, or mushrooms.
**Make it a cheeseburger by adding a slice of reduced fat swiss or cheddar cheese, and add on 1 additional Weight Watchers Point

Serves 8.
Each serving = 4 Weight Watchers Points


  1. How can this not be kid friendly it’s not made with broccoli. It’s a basic burger but with garlic and ranch added. The ranch idea has been around for a very LONG time, and I started using garlic also a few years ago. My kids noticed the taste change, however no complaints, maybe cause I’m in the south and Garlic, Onion, and Peppers are in EVERYTHING I cook. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  2. Just checked the Wonder Bread site. Looks like they don't make the light buns anymore, but they do make the light sandwich bread still. If you want to have cheese and still make it one point, swap out the bread entirely and use a piece of edible rice paper instead.

  3. make this and my family did not like it at all… not kid friendly

  4. I have made these several times for my family and they are delicious!!! We don't have Wonder Light hamburger buns at my grocery store so I use Merita Light Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns, or Arnold Sandwich Thins. I also make sure I buy extra lean ground beef with only 4% fat. The egg whites in the recipe help keep the very lean ground beef more moist while cooking. All other recipes for hamburgers use only 2oz of ground beef, where these are 4 oz which make a huge patty! LOVE THIS ONE!!

    • It does indeed! But ONLY if you are using the low calorie, Wonder Light Hamburger Buns. If not, you may have to add on an extra point or two.

  5. The recipe says to use ranch seasoning. My fiancee is crazy and hates ranch. Can you taste it all in the burgers or no? I'd really love to make him something that didn't have 35g of fat like those Bubba Burgers he loves

    • It doesn't really taste too much like ranch, but if you prefer, you can use onion powder mix instead! It's just as yummy, and it won't affect the point value!

    • Or maybe try just cutting the ranch in 1/2…. Good luck.