Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  592
  • Protein  30 g
  • Carbohydrates  24 g
  • Fat  42 g
  • Cholesterol  324 mg
  • Sodium  402 mg
  • Potassium  410 mg
  • Phosphorus  291 mg
  • Calcium  119 mg
  • Fiber  1.1 g

Cream Cheesy Burgers

DaVita dietitians are great ones for experimentation. And that’s exactly how Cream Cheesy Burgers came about. When DaVita renal dietitian, Judy from Illinois, tried various blends of cream cheese on other sandwiches and liked it, she wondered what it would taste like on this kidney-friendly burger.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Judy from Illinois.

Portions: 4     Serving size: one hamburger with cream cheese mixture


    • 1 pound ground beef 
    • 4 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
    • 1 teaspoon basil
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Mix eggs and ground beef together.
  2. Separate meat into eight 2-ounce patties.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, basil, onion powder and garlic powder.
  4. Take about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture and place on top of a patty. 
  5. Take another patty and place it on top, to sandwich the cream cheese between the two patties.
  6. Repeat this procedure with the remaining patties.
  7. Cook in a frying pan or on a grill to desired doneness.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 4 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For a variation, combine all the ingredients together with cream cheese in the meat, make four 4-ounce patties and cook.
  • Recipe may be varied by rolling cream cheese in bread crumbs or panko crumbs.
  • Patties cook best in a frying pan, in their own juices.
  • Many herbs and flavorings work well to add flavor without sodium — try using horseradish, oregano or Italian seasoning.
  • Top burger with lettuce and onion on a bun or top with a small amount of ketchup or steak sauce without the bun.
  • For a lower protein diet make 6 to 8 patties instead of 4 patties.

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Cream Cheesy Burgers

CharlieAnn says:


Is it ok to substitute ground mustard seed for the powdered onion. Family member can not have any onion. Dietitian comment: Yes that substitute is fine.

Jun. 27, 2014, 10:06 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Wiliam1539 says:


I added bread crumbs as well and the family enjoyed these burgers.

Jun. 23, 2014, 12:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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lavdansam says:


The first time I made this recipe, I forgot to put the eggs in. The results - delicious. The second time I faithfully followed the recipe. It was very soupy so I added some oatmeal. The results - not as good as the first time I made it.

Aug. 26, 2013, 5:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

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pianoman says:


Does this recipe really call for 4 eggs, just seemed like a lot, and would make the patties very soupy. Dietitian Reply: Yes, we went back to the source[INVALID]the recipe does call for 4 eggs. You could reduce to 2 eggs if desired.

Dec. 03, 2012, 7:06 PM - Inappropriate review?

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wavydave62 says:


I put the hamburg and egg mixture in the microwave for about 1min both sides just enough to cook the egg it holds the hamburg together then fry .

Aug. 10, 2012, 6:06 AM - Inappropriate review?

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I agree with Amy. We made this tonight and my daughter put all 4 eggs in with the hamburger and we ended up with meat soup! LOL So we added 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. These burgers turned out quite well. The entire family liked them - I think next time we will try to add the horseradish to the cream cheese. Yummy!!

Dec. 21, 2009, 5:52 PM - Inappropriate review?

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The burgers were awesome!!! Although I don't see how you can get 4 eggs to go into 1 lb. of hamburger. I used 1 egg and it was very slimey and the meat wouldn't stay together!! Unless breadcrumbs are used, 4 eggs cannot be used!

Sep. 19, 2009, 1:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

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