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4 Healthy Burger Recipes to Bust Cravings

Read this to become a healthy burger making pro.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Let’s talk comfort food cravings — they happen to us all. But, the good news is that you can follow a healthy eating plan while also enjoying some of your favorite foods. With some simple and delicious swaps, we’re showing you how to enjoy that drool-worthy burger without the guilt.

But First — What Makes a Burger Healthy? 

Before diving into the juicy recipes we know you want in on, let’s break down how we’re actually classifying a healthy burger. 

For a burger to be healthy in our book, it must be free of trans & hydrogenated fats, refined carbs, and unhealthy fats such as margarine, traditional mayonnaise, and vegetable oils. 

With the four healthy burger recipes below, there’s something for everyone, and we have exactly what you need to satisfy those cravings while also keeping things clean. 

5 Tips on Making a Healthy Burger

If you’re in need of some extra healthy burger inspiration, here are some simple hacks that may help take your burger to a new healthy level. 

#1 Add Lots of Veggies 

Top your healthy burger with an added nutritional punch with plenty of extra veggies. Some of our favorites include pickles, sauerkraut, onion, lettuce, and tomato. 

#2 Top With a Healthy Fat

Adding some healthy fat to your burger not only adds flavor but helps balance things out. Add some healthy fat to complement the protein and complex carbs in your burger. 

We love using avocados in place of cheese or traditional mayonnaise (yum!) 

#3 Get Smart About Condiments 

If you’re a big mayo fan, try avocado oil mayonnaise, use unsweetened ketchup (double-check to be sure it’s free of high fructose corn syrup), and use an unsweetened Dijon mustard in place of the sweetened varieties. 

#4 Ditch The Processed Bun  

Did you know that avocado and bell peppers make a delicious and healthy alternative to those carb-heavy buns? Yup and we’re totally here for it. 

Or, you could, of course, use the old-school tried and true low-carb option by using lettuce leaves or check out your local health food store for gluten and grain-free bun alternatives. 

#5 Add Fiber Where You Can 

When making your healthy burger, think about how you can add some fiber. Fiber is important for digestion, helps support blood sugar levels, and helps keep us full. Adding some fiber to healthy burgers is an easy way to give it an added health boost. 

Psst… our plant-based burger recipe is bursting with fiber and may just satisfy those burger cravings the healthy way. 

4 Healthy Burger Recipes That Prove Just How Delicious Healthy Eating is 

#1 Lemon & Dill Salmon Burger 

Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can of wild-caught salmon
  • ½ cup almond flour 
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • For serving: your favorite gluten-free bun or lettuce leaves, sliced avocado, dijon mustard 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking 

Directions:

Step #1: Start by adding all the ingredients, minus the toppings to a high-speed blender or food processor, and blend until combined. 

Step #2: Form into four burger patties and cook in a skillet with coconut or avocado oil for about 5 minutes each side. 

Step #3: Serve with desired toppings and enjoy. 

#2 Plant-Based Superfood Burger

Makes: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked beet, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1.5 cups canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • For serving: lettuce leaves for the bun, sliced avocado, tomato, onion 

Directions:

Step #1: Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Step #2: Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until thoroughly combined. 

Step #3: Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to make the mixture easier to form into patties. 

Step #4: Remove from the fridge and form into 6 patties. Place on the lined baking sheet. 

Step #5: Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Step #6: Top with desired toppings and enjoy! 

#3 Avocado & Lime Turkey Burger 

Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • For serving: your favorite gluten-free bun or lettuce leaves, sliced avocado, onion 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Directions:

Step #1: Start by adding all the ingredients, minus the oil to a large mixing bowl, and mix well. 

Step #2: Form into four burger patties and cook on a skillet with the coconut or avocado oil for about 7 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through. 

Step #3: Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

#4 Chicken Pesto Burger 

Makes: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken 
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • For serving: your favorite gluten-free bun or lettuce leaves, pesto 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking

Directions:

Step #1: Start by adding all the ingredients, minus the oil to a large mixing bowl, and mix well. 

Step #2: Form into four burger patties and cook on a skillet with the coconut or avocado oil for about 7-8 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through. 

Step #3: Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

Here’s What to Serve With Your Healthy Burger 

Ready to get healthy burger prepping but not sure what to serve on the side? Check out our list of eight healthy side swaps. From healthier fries to dips and veggies, this list has something for everyone.

You’re Now a Healthy Burger Making Boss

So, there you have it — the hacks you need to totally dominate the healthy burger game. 

Make some healthy swaps, add some veggies, and get side dish and condiment savvy and you’re on your way to satisfying burger cravings the healthy way. 

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