Hungry Girl: Make a Lightened Up Wahlburgers’ BBQ Bacon Burger at Home

03/09/2015 at 01:07 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Are you an NKOTB fan who never got over Donnie Wahlberg? A cinephile who’s got love for Mark, despite (or because of) his Funky Bunch past? Or are you a foodie who’s more into Paul? One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of Wahlberg fans… or brothers!

And while Wahlberg enthusiasts everywhere can catch Wahlburgers on A&E, only those in the Boston and Toronto areas are currently lucky enough to dine at the show’s namesake restaurant.

That’s why I whipped up an at-home swap for one of the joint’s classic burgers: the BBQ Bacon Burger, a.k.a. Donnie’s Choice! With cheese, bacon, and avocado, this burger’s definitely got the right stuff. (Sorry… Had to!) Well, not only is this Hungry Girl spin a great way to enjoy it at home, it’s also guilt-free, thanks to some key ingredients.

P.S. In another life, playing pool with a Wahlberg was just another Thursday night… click for proof.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s BBQ Bacon Burger
Makes 1 serving

1 slice center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
4 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 tbsp. liquid egg whites (about half a large egg white)
Dash each salt and black pepper
Dash onion powder
1 light hamburger bun (or HG Alternative)
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar cheese (or other flavor)
1 tbsp. BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving
4 slices jalapeño pepper
½ oz. sliced avocado

1. Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Break slice in half.

2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix beef, egg whites, and seasonings. Evenly form into a patty about 4 inches wide.

3. Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook patty for 3 – 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your preference.

4. Meanwhile, split bun into halves, and lightly toast. Spread cheese wedge on top half.

5. Transfer patty to the bottom half of the bun. Top with BBQ sauce, jalapeño, avocado, and bacon halves. Finish with the top half of the bun.

Nutritional information: 347 calories, 12g fat, 937mg sodium, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 34g protein

HG Alternative: Can’t find light hamburger buns, which have around 80 calories? Try a 100-calorie flat sandwich bun, like an Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thin. Just adjust the calorie count accordingly.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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