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10 Healthy Burger Alternatives

10 Healthy Burger Alternatives

There’s nothing much better than chowing down on a freshly grilled, greasy burger on a warm twilight evening. However, your body might disagree with you. In fact, it might be yelling for you to eat a carrot instead. Will you listen? Probably not.

Ok, so now that we’ve established that you can’t give up the idea of burgers… what if you substituted that fatty beef patty with something a little more nutritious? Many burger alternatives are actually just as delicious as that slaughtered cow, except without all the cholesterol and fat. Give one of these burger alternative recipes a try. Who knows, maybe both your mouth and body will be happy!

 Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger with Yogurt Sauce

1. Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger with Yogurt Sauce

If you’re craving Asian food but don’t want to spend 234237498 calories on Chinese food, try this healthy salmon burger! Panko, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and minced garlic give it that authentic and delicious flavor.

 Texas Chicken Burgers

2. Texas Chicken Burgers

For a little Southwestern zest, try this fun take on a classic chicken burger. Chili powder, ground cumin, and ground red pepper spice things up, while zucchini and carrots help cool things down. Serve with a side of baked beans if feeling adventurous.

 Mexican Bean Burgers with lime yogurt and salsa

3. Mexican Bean Burgers with Lime Yogurt and Salsa

Continuing with the spicy theme, these bean burgers take us to the flavors of Mexico. Smashed up kidney beans become immensely flavorful with notes of chili powder, coriander, and breadcrumbs. Top with lime yogurt sauce to offset the spice.

 Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

4. Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

These basic turkey burgers are transformed into something special with their citrus-themed sauce. Dijon mustard, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, and ginger comprise this mysterious mixture that tastes like it was created by the gods.

 Mushroom and chickpeas burgers

5. Mushroom and Chickpea Burgers

Get a heaping serving of fiber with this mushroom and chickpea amalgam. Get them nice and crisp by coating them with breadcrumbs. A flavorful cumin yogurt sauce really pulls it all together with a creamy texture.


6. Roasted Garlic Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado Ranch

This sweet potato burger… can’t get much better. It has delicious sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, garlic, quinoa for some fiber, an egg to hold things together, and lots of nice spice. Top with some awesome homemade avocado ranch sauce, and you can’t go wrong.

 Grilled Trout Burger

7. Grilled Trout Burger

Fish lovers can rejoice with this interesting take on a burger. Season with herbs, shallot, chili, mayo, and bread crumbs for a delicious burger vibe. The cilantro-cumin yogurt tartar sauce is a great alternative to traditional tartar.

 Grilled Portabello Mushroom Burger

8. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger

Soak the porous mushroom patty in a tasty mixture of oil, vinegar, garlic, and bell pepper to achieve a delicious marinated flavor. Goat cheese and fresh spinach make great additional toppings for some added punch.

 Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Tangy Peach BBQ Sauce

9. Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Tangy Peach BBQ Sauce

Speaking of goat cheese… these turkey burgers actually have the cheese melted INSIDE them. Talk about delicious. Imagine biting into that gooey center. To make it even better, drizzle the burger in the delicious peach BBQ sauce!


10. Banh Mi Asian Chicken Burger

Any burger that calls for a fried egg on top is my kind of burger. This Asian-themed chicken burger has myriad ingredients to invoke a flavor explosion in your mouth. A bit of sriracha along with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, lettuce, and jalapenos complete the toppings.


5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

Summer is all about having fun, whether it’s eating a funnel cake at the local fair or chomping on some fresh cut fries at the beach. Unfortunately, this kind of fun diet is not exactly fun for your body. Indulging in fried or fatty foods is OK every once in a while, but it can’t become an ongoing occurrence if you want to stay in good health. Luckily, summer also means a lot of fresh ingredients are in season, giving you myriad choices for healthy meals. Here are a few healthy summer recipes you can try whenever you’re not enjoying a hot dog, pretzel, and nachos at a baseball game.

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1. Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

Chomp down on this light and fishy burger that is drizzled in a fresh carrot and ginger dressing. Paired with a whole-grain hamburger bun, spicy sprouts, and an avocado, you can enjoy your burger fix without overdoing the calories.

Photo by MyRecipes

Photo by MyRecipes

 2. Summer Squash Pizza

Pizza doesn’t always have to be terrible. Spice up this homemade pie with fresh zucchini and yellow squash straight from the garden. The key to keeping this pizza healthy? Using sliced plum tomatoes instead of sauce and only 1/4 cup of cheese!

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3. Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto

Chicken and vegetables – a bare minimum combination that always satisfies your mouth and belly. Use whatever veggies your garden has produced, and dip them into the delicious low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream, and pesto dressing.

Photo by BBC GoodFood

Photo by BBC GoodFood

 4. Summer Salmon Pasta

Sizzling salmon and fresh vegetables make a nice pairing with the decadent penne pasta. Add in a bit of pine nuts, mushrooms, and fresh basil leaves for an extra kick of flavor. To be even more healthy, try whole-grain pasta for added fiber.


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5. Barbecued Spice Shrimp with Tomato Salad

Enjoy the combination of bold Southwestern flavors in this salad of the sea. Pure ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and brown sugar give your tongue something to salivate over. Get your veggies in with some fresh tomato and onion garnish.