The Best Healthy Burger Recipes
Grill it up
Our healthy burgers—made with fresh salmon, lean beef, turkey, and lentils—are perfect for a go-to summer meal.
Turkey Burger with Artichoke-Goat Cheese Spread
To oil a grill, soak a paper towel with oil, then grip with long tongs and rub onto grates.
Ingredients: Ground turkey, basil, Dijon mustard, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, oil, whole-wheat burger buns, Artichoke-Goat Cheese Spread, toppings
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Tuna "Poke" Burger Lettuce Wraps
Tip: Prepare Spicy Slaw and the dressing several hours ahead of time and chill separately, covered. For the perfect side dish, try Avocado–Hearts of Palm Salad.
Ingredients: Fresh tuna, cilantro, ginger, scallions, sesame oil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, sesame seeds, canola oil, butter lettuce
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Smoky Quinoa-Bean Burgers
This recipe can be customized to your taste. Swap beans if you prefer black or navy over pinto ones. Hate cilantro? Try making it with parsley instead.
Ingredients: Quinoa, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, onion, pinto beans, cilantro, walnuts, cumin, smoked paprika, canola oil, pepper jack cheese, corn tortillas, green chilies, condiments
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Ground Sirloin Sliders
These mini burgers have amazing flavor, and you get two for less than 300 calories.
Ingredients: Miniature buns or dinner rolls, lean ground sirloin, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, olive oil cooking spray, extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, small dill pickle slices
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Caramelized Onion–Veggie Burger
Who needs meat when these are just as tasty? The mushroom and lentil patty with cool and creamy goat cheese is a perfect summer match. An added bonus: They are packed with fiber.
Ingredients: Garlic clove, cremini mushrooms, fresh thyme leaves, olive oil, onion, lentils, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, egg, salt, yellow cornmeal, goat cheese, whole-grain buns, tomato slices, fresh basil leaves
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Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger With Yogurt Sauce
It’s not a summer cookout without seafood, so of course, this to-die-for burger is a must for your menu. Ask your store’s seafood counter to skin the salmon for you. Then you just chop, season, grill, and serve.
Ingredients: Salmon fillet, baby spinach, panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame seeds, salt, black pepper, fat-free Greek yogurt, fresh dill, minced garlic, olive oil cooking spray, whole-wheat hamburger buns
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Maria Menounos’ Mykonos Burger
A burger for less than 300 calories? You got it! Lean turkey, feta, and a variety of spices create a savory, low-fat burger that satisfies.
Ingredients: Fresh parsley, ground turkey, black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, feta cheese, red onion, whole-wheat hamburger buns
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Chicken Burgers With Peanut Sauce
Using a chicken patty, instead of lean beef, can save you 5 grams of fat. Plus you’ll never miss the added fat with this spicy peanut sauce, made with peanut butter, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil.
Ingredients: Peanut butter, soy sauce, dark sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, green onions, ginger, salt, chicken breast, cooking spray, sandwich rolls, alfalfa sprouts
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Hawaiian Turkey Burgers With Pineapple-Papaya Sauce
Get spicy-sweet flavor with this tropical recipe. Cayenne pepper and barbecue sauce are mellowed by fresh pineapple, papaya, and a hint of brown sugar. But the best part is that you get all this flavor for less than 430 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Ingredients: Pineapple, papaya, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, whole-grain hamburger rolls, lettuce, tomato
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Get a dose of veggies with these lean burgers. Ground round is grilled to perfection, covered with hot onions and mushrooms, and topped off with Swiss cheese. You get protein, fiber, and a savory sandwich.
Ingredients: Cooking spray, onion, sugar, salt, black pepper, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, ground round, Texas toast, Swiss cheese
Try this recipe: Smothered Burgers
Chicken Burgers With Guacamole, Cheddar, and Charred Tomatoes
Salt, pepper, and a bit of cilantro spice up this simple burger dish. Cheddar cheese and grilled tomatoes add flavor, but use this guacamole recipe for a healthy, rich topping.
Ingredients: Ground chicken, fresh cilantro, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, cooking spray, tomatoes, low-fat Cheddar cheese, sandwich buns, guacamole
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Add taste—not fat—to your burger by using this Tex-Mex flavoring. Tomato, onion, taco sauce, and green chiles make a spicy salsa to top off the savory burger. Serve with a low-cal slaw for a perfect meal.
Ingredients: Tomato, onion, taco sauce, green chiles, ground round, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, lettuce leaves, hamburger buns
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Ham and Swiss-Stuffed Burgers
These burgers may seem like a fat trap, but they’re surprisingly lean. Low-cal seasonings give flavor to the burgers, while the Swiss cheese and ham are portioned to add taste, without a lot of extra fat. You even sneak in a few veggies on this packed sandwich
Ingredients: Dried parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, ground round, Swiss cheese, ham, cooking spray, sourdough bread, lettuce leaves, red onion, tomato
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Turkey and Oat Burgers
Not only do oats give texture to these burgers, but they also provide figure-friendly fiber. Sweet onion, chili powder, and tomatoes add to the savory base, and onion sandwich buns finish this grilled treat off with a signature flavor.
Ingredients: Oats, Vidalia onion, chili powder, salt, eggs, canned tomatoes, ground turkey, sandwich buns, lettuce, fresh tomatoes
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Simple Corn Relish
Dress it up: Our easy relish boosts the flavor of any burger and adds barely any fat or calories. Make it ahead, and store in the fridge for a week.
Ingredients: Corn, red bell pepper, chives, shallot, jalapeño, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, black pepper
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