5 Recipes That Make Burgers a Healthier Part of Your Summer Meal

5 Recipes That Make Burgers a Healthier Part of Your Summer Meal

Marge Perry
Jul 3, 2015
(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

It may be part of the human condition to love burgers. You don’t have to love (or even eat) red meat — there are pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, and poultry burgers that are just as satisfying to sink your teeth into.

And that’s the thing about burgers, isn’t it? They give you that gratifying feeling of picking up a sandwich with both hands, opening wide, and taking a big, honkin’ bite of savory pleasure.

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Consumption of burgers skyrockets in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean our calorie and fat consumption has to as well. It really is possible to eat a juicy, satisfying burger without spending 1100 of your precious calories. That number is not some mindless exaggeration: A few years ago, as part of a magazine assignment, I sent my favorite NYC restaurant hamburger to a lab for analysis, and they came back with that atrocious number. I was traumatized.

I don’t have the metabolism to support a 1100-calorie habit, nor the gene pool to eat that much saturated fat. But I do love me a good burger, and these healthy ones deliver.

Just in time for the 4th of July — the holiday on which burger consumption is nearly mandatory — we’ve got a satisfying, healthful burger for everyone. They’re all simple to make — as burgers should be — and can be formed and ready to cook in advance.

They’re easy, healthful, and they just feel and taste so right. After all, it’s a holiday; time to burger with abandon!

The Recipes

The Menus

Here are five great menus for turning simple burgers into full-on Burger Night!

Juicy Lucy Turkey Burger Night

Beef Burgers with Onion Jam Night

Veggie Burger Night

Chicken Burger Night

Salmon Burger Night

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

More Ideas for Burger Night

Tips for Making a Great Burger

Burger Ideas to Try

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