Tips for Making Healthy Burger Recipes

Almost everyone loves a good burger, but burgers often have a reputation for not being healthy and they actually are! You can make delicious burgers at home with these tips and healthy burger recipes.

Picture collage of burgers

What makes a burger healthy?

Burgers all by themselves aren’t unhealthy, it’s the quality of the ingredients and what we add to them that makes them less healthy.

When making burgers, use natural and high-quality ingredients for a healthier version of your favorite burgers. Make the burgers yourself, homemade burgers not only taste better, you can also control the size of your burgers and what goes into them.

What is the best meat to use for healthy burgers?

Aside from ground beef, there are many options for making burgers such as ground turkey, ground chicken, ground bison, ground lamb, beans, and whole grains.

When using animal protein to make your burgers, use 3 to 4 ounces of meat and serve mini burgers or bulk them up by adding chopped mushrooms, zucchini, carrots or onions, or even whole grains.

The veggies will provide moisture to the burgers which is perfect for lean meat.

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What are the best ways to season burgers?

Seasoning and sauces can boost the taste of burgers. Top the meat patties or mix your favorite spices on to customize your burgers with a burst of flavor.

Choose seasonings and sauces that have no added sugar to keep it healthy. Here are a few of our favorite add-ins:

  • Worcestershire sauce & soy sauce- add an umami flavor
  • Hot sauce such as buffalo or sriracha sauce adds a kick to the burgers
  • Cheese
  • Fresh herbs such as oregano, parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, thyme
  • Dried spices and spice blends such as garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cracked black pepper, chili powder, bbq rubs and steak seasoning.
a photo of a burger cut in half on a plate with lettuce tomato and onions

The best healthy burger toppings

Toppings make or break a cooked juicy burger. Traditional toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and onions enhance the burger flavor and sometimes that’s all that you really need. Take your burgers up a notch and try adding a variety of toppings, here are some suggestions for extra flavor.

  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Microgreens
  • Sprouts
  • Red onion
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes
  • Roasted peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Pico de gallo
  • Bacon (in moderation)
  • Cheese (cheddar cheese, American cheese, feta cheese, swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese)

Use as many toppings that you like to make your own customized burger. Cheese and bacon add flavor, but go light on them so they don’t overpower the burger and health benefits.

Tip! When making burgers for several people, I like to make up a tray of toppings and let everyone make their own burger creations.

picture of a burger in a bowl with a spoon

The best burger buns

Instead of a hard roll made with white flour, opt for whole-wheat buns, whole grain buns, whole grain bread, whole wheat bread or pita pockets.

You can also make a low carb-burger and serve your burger in a bowl, for tasty burger bowls or burger salads.

Tip! Serve your burger in lettuce cups or lettuce buns for another great way to enjoy a low-carb burger.

How to cook healthy burgers

Grilling burgers on an outdoor grill is a great way, and my favorite way to make a juicy burger. It’s convenient with easy clean-up, but other cooking methods include a stovetop in a cast iron skillet or a grill pan.

If you choose the indoor cooking method, you will need to add a little bit (no more than one tablespoon) of olive oil or avocado oil to the frying pan before cooking the burgers.

The best healthy burger side dishes

Burgers are a quick and easy dinner idea, and I like to make easy side dishes to go along with them such as cucumbers in vinegar, pasta salad with spinach, healthy tuna macaroni salad or no mayo potato salad and of course homemade zucchini pickles or sweet and spicy pickles.

Healthy Burger Recipes

If you are looking for some done for you healthy burger recipes, here are a few of our favorite tasty burger recipes. They are made with high-quality beef, turkey, chicken and veggies.

Ultimate BUBBA burger
Ultimate BUBBA burgers are made with a juicy burger loaded with all of your fresh and favorite fixings!
cheese burger with lettuce tomato onions on a roll
Grilled Onion Burger
Grilled onion burgers are juicy beef burgers topped with grilled onions, blue cheese, peppery arugula, and a tangy yogurt sauce for the perfect blend of flavors.
a burger in a roll with sauce on a plate
Jersey Burger with Cheese
Jersey burger with cheese is a tasty burger made with lean and juicy ground beef f topped with cheddar cheese, pork roll, lettuce, tomatoes and an onion slice
Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburger
Spicy jalapeno cheeseburger is flavored with fresh ingredients. It's a lean, juicy burger that you will want to make all summer long.
a close up of the burger on a roll
California Burger Bowl
Grilled beef burgers served in a bowl with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and avocado; a refreshing dinner.
burger in a bowl on top of lettuce with a fork
Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers
Spinach feta turkey burgers are made with fresh baby spinach and crumbly feta cheese.
Spinach and feta turkey burger on a roll topped with onions and tomatoes
Easy Skillet Turkey Burgers with sauerkraut
Easy skillet burgers are flavored with onions and sauerkraut
turkey burger on a roll with sauerkraut and melting cheese on a white plate
Caribbean Jerk Chicken Burgers
Jerk chicken burgers are lean, spicy and perfect for a quick, healthy and easy dinner
jerk chicken burger on a roll with lettuce and tomato
Mushroom Veggie Burger
Mushroom Veggie Burgers are made with fresh vegetables. They are meaty and satisfying!
mushroom veggie burger on a roll

Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!

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