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5 Healthy Twists On a Classic Burger

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5 Healthy Twists On a Classic Burger

The last 10 years have seen a renaissance in the typical hamburger, bringing new, healthier combinations with tasty toppings. These aren’t your mother’s burgers! Here are five delicious new burgers to enjoy at home – without the guilt!

Ground Sirloin Sliders

Sliders – mini burgers packed with flavor – have been popular the past few years, and these ones from Health.com don’t disappoint. Using lean ground sirloin is a bit more expensive but worth it, as two come in at less than 300 calories. The recipe calls for Worcestershire or soy sauce for flavoring, but feel free to experiment!

Caramelized Onion Veggie Burgers

Everything changed for vegetarians in 1982 when Gregory Sams, a London-based natural-food restaurateur, created the veggie burger. The soy-based burger was so life-changing that it has its own place in the Smithsonian Institute and is as popular today as ever. This “upscale” veggie burger from Health.com incorporates garlic, crimini mushrooms, lentils, goat cheese, fresh thyme and, of course, caramelized onions, and totals just 337 calories.

Bison Burgers with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

According to the National Bison Foundation, bison is a highly nutrient-dense protein that’s highly concentrated in iron. For example, a 3.5 oz. serving of bison has 2.42 grams of fat whereas the same size of even the choicest cut of beef has 18.54 grams. That makes bison a better food for dieters. You’re going to love Reader’s Digest Best Health’s bison burger, made with Gorgonzola and sun-dried tomatoes. Feel free to experiment with spice combinations, as ground meat is so easy to work with.

Salmon Burgers

It doesn’t need to be made of red meat to be a burger – and Cooking Light’s salmon burger recipe is a good example. For best results, use the center-cut fillet as it contains less connective tissue. For perfect texture, puree one-quarter of the salmon into a paste to bind the remaining salmon, which you’ll roughly chop. This will help you when you form the patties.

Spanish Pork Burgers

This is a hearty burger from Eating Well using a surprise ingredient – pork. It’s a nice change from the “other white meats” such as turkey and chicken and utilizes Spanish-inspired flavors such as green olives, piquillo peppers and garlic. Serve it on a whole-wheat bun.

When you switch up the main ingredient, beef, for a leaner protein, you might be skimping on fat, but there’s no need to skimp on flavor. Be creative – if you can put it on a bun, you can have a unique and healthy burger anytime!

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