Summertime means grilling time, and we all know what that means: burger season. We love a good juicy burger just like the rest of ’em, but we’ll be the first to admit that ladlefuls of mayo and barbecue sauce aren’t always the healthiest choices. So we’ve scoped out all sorts of healthy options to grill up instead—whether you’re a fish lover, a vegetarian, or a good ol’ carnivore, these healthy recipes will fill your burgery needs all summer long.
Tips for Making a Healthier Burger
Whatever type of burger you make, keep these tricks in mind to amp up the flavor and health benefits of your meal.
- Swap plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt or smashed avocado in place of mayo for a healthier spread.
- Use whole-wheat breadcrumbs instead of white or try ground nuts (such as hazelnuts or almonds) for a healthier filler that’s also gluten-free.
- Add fresh herbs to your burger for a healthy flavor-booster.
- Sneak an extra serving of veggies into your day by tossing chopped spinach or other leafy greens into the burger mixture. If that’s not your style, add them as a topping.
- Choose healthy spreads and condiments from this list. Some of our favorites: mustard, homemade ketchup, or even homemade ranch.
- Go easy on the cheese. Skip the fat-free stuff, because “no fat” means it won’t melt easily. Instead, choose a small portion of your favorite kind, fat and all. If you’ve got a block of cheese instead of thin slices, try grating it for even coverage.
- Make your own bun with whole-wheat flour—you’ll avoid preservatives and get a fiber boost to boot. Or go bunless and serve a burger in a lettuce wrap, on top of a salad, or even between two slices of zucchini.