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Build A Better Burger

Burgers are commonplace at any summertime picnic or barbeque.  And, while the typical beef burger is tasty, I’ve got some equally delicious choices that are lower in fat and calories (an extra bonus!).

 

The most popular alternative to a beef burger is ground turkey.  These Greek Turkey Burgers are a savory option that contain a mix of Greek yogurt, fresh lemon, minced garlic, dried dill, sun dried tomatoes, chopped red onion, frozen spinach, crumbled feta cheese and dried oregano.  Top the burgers with sliced cucumber and sliced red onion for extra flavor.

Turkey Burger w sides
Photo courtesy of Budget Bytes

 

Veggie burgers are also a popular alternative.  These are often made with a combination of grains and beans.  The first option is this Black Bean Veggie Burger.  It’s incredibly simple to prepare as it uses canned black beans, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, garlic and some seasonings.  Total time (including prep and cook time) is 20 minutes, making these ideal for a busy weeknight–I’m thinking a perfect Meatless Monday meal.

Black-Bean-Burgers-2
Photo courtesy of Dine & Dish

 

The second “veggie burger” option is this recipe for Quinoa Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper Relish.  These burgers are really interesting and packed with protein (from the quinoa).  They are made from a mixture of quinoa, garlic, carrot, onion, celery, baby arugula, canned cannellini beans, as well as spices.  The burgers are then topped with a delicious relish made from roasted red peppers, parsley, onion, fresh lemon juice and ground cumin.  A wonderful combination of flavors and textures in every bite!

quinoa burgers
Photo courtesy of Saveur

 

Portobello mushrooms are known for their meaty texture and make a great substitute for ground beef.  They are ideal for grilling, making them perfect candidates for a meatless burger.  Grilled Portobello and Peach Burgers use these mushrooms and another summer favorite–peaches–in this recipe, to make a sweet-savory flavor explosion you’ll love.  You’ll marinate the mushrooms and peaches before grilling and prepare a fresh guacamole that will cover the bun halves.  Pea sprouts, spring onion and tomatoes top the mushrooms and peaches after grilling.

Portobello_burger
Photo courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories

 

Give these healthy burger recipes a go at your next cookout this summer and if you have any of your own favorite recipes, share them with us via the comment section below.  I’ll return next week with a look at another summer veggie–eggplant, along with some delicious recipes.

 

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