Cut the fat! 6 ways to make healthier burgers
Burgers and your backyard grill are BFF’s. We know. And, we won’t try to come between you two. But what if we told you grill masters there’s a few easy ways to trim the fat and shave off calories from the summer-time barbecue staple while boosting the flavor? We’ve got your attention, yes?
Here are five ways to make your burger more healthy as you make your rounds to barbecues this summer, or host your own:
Go bare buns: No, not you. Your burger. A plain white bun has about 120 calories. And, it’s light on nutritional value. Drop the bun entirely, go for a whole-grain one that has more fiber or opt for just one slice of the bun. A great idea: Replace your bun with large romaine lettuce leaves for some added nutritional value.
Remix your burgers: If you don’t want to go for an all-out veggie burger, go ahead and mix in some veggies to your burger mix. A good ratio is 50 percent veggies-50 percent low-fat ground beef. We love chopping up onions and celery and adding slivers of carrots and zucchini into the mix. The recipe renovation adds a little color to your burgers, too.
Try a Portobello burger: Chanie — the blogger behind Busy in Brooklyn — shares with us her kosher summer barbecue recipe: A grilled portobello burger with sundried tomato aioli. She also added mozzarella, arugula and beefsteak tomatoes and promises you’ll forget all about traditional meat burgers when you try a bite. Check out her recipe here.
Iddy-biddy baby burgers: Little baby burgers grill up quickly and are big on flavor. But, they also help us with portion control. If you’re hosting a barbecue, try making a few different kinds of sliders: Southwestern Style Turkey Burgers; Pulled turkey cranberry sliders; and smoked baby Portobello sliders with onions and Gouda. Oh, and check out this mini burger grill basket on clearance for $14.99 at the Sears Outlet.
Opt for turkey: Swap out leaner ground turkey for beef and save yourself some fat grams. To keep your burgers from drying out, add in some flavor-boosting hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce or even your favorite barbecue sauce to the mix.
Ditch the mayo: Or at least go light on the mayo. If it’s a must-have, use a low calorie mayonnaise or mix it with ketchup or mustard. Otherwise, use non-fat sauces to jazz up your burger. This summer, we’re loving low-calorie boozy sauces like Jack Daniels mustard, Jim Beam bbq and Maker’s Mark gourmet sauces. Get a combo pack at Hayneedle for your own backyard adventures or to bring as a gift to your next barbecue.
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