We all love burgers. But often, most commercially served burgers come loaded with calories, sodium and a host of other ingredients that just isn’t good for us.
Here are great tasting healthy burger recipes that will let you enjoy your meal and not feel guilty afterwards. Plus, Your body will thank you for choosing them.
Sweet Potato Burgers
Made using beans and sweet potatoes this is a nutritious burger that’s also delicious. Low in fat, low in sodium and with no cholesterol, you get 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
That’s not all, the burger is high in magnesium, something that most people don’t get enough of.
This recipe comes to us courtesy of Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie. And while it isn’t listed in the recipe ingredients and instructions, Katie does top her sweet potato burger with yummy avocados.
Guacamole Turkey Burger
Anyone who’s ever complained about turkey burgers not having enough flavor should take a bite out of this one.
You not only get the lean protein from turkey but also get to enjoy the smooth, creamy texture of avocado. The avocado doesn’t only work to add taste to the recipe but also healthy fats and fiber.
The recipe, from Gaby at What’s Gaby Cooking gives you one of the best tasting turkey burgers you’ll try.
Cajun Quinoa Burgers
Another quinoa burger alternative to the BBQ themed one above is this recipe from Busy in Brooklyn. Instead of BBQ flavors, this one goes Cajun style with the strong flavors of the south.
This is another no meat burger. The recipe also gives you a gluten free option simply by replacing the bread crumbs with corn flake crumbs.
Enjoy the omega-3 heart healthy benefits of this burger as it replaces beef with salmon. Salmon is one of the heathiest foods around and offers similar amount of protein to beef per 3 oz. serving.
This salmon burger recipe uses the canned variety which makes it easier to form into a patty.
Try this if you’re looking for something that’s light yet packs a good amount of healthy nutrients.
Gluten-Free Spinach Garlic Tofu Burgers
If you’re on the Paleo diet or are looking for a tasty burger that’s gluten free, this is something to try. Made with tofu and spinach, these are veggie burgers that also appeal to vegans or anyone looking to enjoy a burger with no meat in it.
Lamb Burgers with Tabbouleh and Grilled Peppers
Those looking for meat can enjoy this leaner burger. Instead of the traditional 80/20 lean to fat beef hamburger, this makes use of lamb.
Lamb is a much leaner cut of meat that offers very similar nutrient profile to beef. It packs a lot of protein and contains a good amount of vitamin B. Lamb also has zinc and selenium.
This Mediterranean inspired recipe comes to us from A Spicy Perspective.
It’s something we encourage everyone to try especially if you’ve never had to chance to experience that cuisine. The flavors of the cumin, coriander and cayenne peppers all complement the lamb. Plus, you can make your yogurt sauce on the side as well.
Roasted Garlic & Feta Chicken Burgers
Anyone looking for a flavorful alternative to beef burgers can take a look at this lean chicken burger. Cooked on the grill, this gives you the combination of big bold flavors including roasted garlic and Dijon mustard.
While it does require a bit of preparation before getting to the grill, the extra work is well worth it once you take a bite out of your burger.
This is perfect during the summer but can easily be made for entertaining guests and friends as well.
Sweet Potato And Bean Burgers With Raw Pickled Onions
This is for anyone looking to eat really healthy or who’s on a weight loss diet. Each serving only has 100 calories.
This is a no-meat burger, as its protein comes from plant sources. It also has a good amount of dietary fiber which helps keep you satiated so you don’t find yourself looking for junk food snacks.
Loaded with vitamin A and C, this is also a gluten free recipe anyone can easily make as the oven does most of the work.
Fig and Smoked Mozzarella Bison Burger
Not as well known as turkey, chicken or lamb as a leaner protein alternative to ground beef, bison also makes for great burgers. Bison is a bit different from beef in that it is much leaner. This means you’ll want to keep from over cooking it.
This recipe from Priscilla over at She’s Cookin’ gives us something sweet and savory. You also get that delicious melted smoked cheese right on top of your bison burger.
California Chickpea Veggie Burgers
For no-meat Mondays or other times when you’re trying to cut down on meat consumption, this is a veggie burger that gives you a lot of flavor so you don’t miss the taste of beef.
Using a lot of more exotic ingredients like sriracha (hot sauce), cumin and cilantro you get a mix of different tastes.
You also get to add the toppings that you want including avocado, carrots or tomatoes.
Grilled Turkey Burger with Peaches and Blueberries
It isn’t often that you hear peaches and blueberries mixed in a burger recipe. But this is one instance where you’ll be happy you did.
The recipe uses turkey burgers which offer a much leaner option to beef. For added flavor, Cheryl a.k.a. the Tidy Mom, adds a slice of Monterey Jack cheese.
Before we forget, there are the antioxidant laden blueberries and also the peaches that top this open faced sandwich.
Made with chickpeas, a.k.a. garbanzo beans, this recipe is high in protein and fiber but low in calories and fat. Not only is it healthy, it is also very economical for anyone who’s on a budget.
This is a simple recipe that you can use to make a big batch as it creates 8 servings.
Mediterranean Salmon Burgers
Perfect for a light lunch that gives you the protein you need to get through the afternoon, this is a healthy salmon burger that’s served with pita and tzatziki sauce.
It uses some mild flavors making it ideal if you don’t want to have something with a ton of overpowering flavors.
Easy to make, quick to cook, this is a good recipe to use even on a busy weekday.
Vegan BBQ Veggie Burger
This is a low calorie, low fat burger that also contains no cholesterol. How’s that for healthy?
If that’s not enough for you, it also doesn’t have any animal protein.
Using a healthy mixing of quinoa, sweet potatoes, flax, oats and beans these burgers give you plant based protein that’s high in fiber.
If you’re thinking that it’s going to be short on flavor, then you’re wrong. The BBQ sauce that comes with it gives you everything you want in terms of taste including the smoky flavor to the tangy and sweet.