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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. One moment we’re totally good with staying on top of our clean eating goals, and the next, we’re tempted by some yummy burger recipe. Good news — you can eat clean and enjoy that drool-worthy burger, and we’re showing you how.

You in? We have you covered. 

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 (aka it’s fried or cooked in hydrogenated oils) 
  • Gluten (instead of using regular burger buns, we’re spicing things up with some healthy swaps in these healthy burger recipes) 
  • Unhealthy fats (such as margarine, traditional mayonnaise, vegetable oils) 

The four healthy burger recipes below are also dairy-free and soy-free (and yes, they still taste delicious!) 

There’s basically something for everyone on this list, 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 making inspo, 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
  • 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 Carby Bun  

Did you know that avocado and bell peppers are now the new trendy healthier alternative to those carb-heavy buns? Yep, 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 (aka it helps support regularity), helps support blood sugar levels, and helps keep us full. It’s pretty darn important, and 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 summertime burger cravings the healthy way. 

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

#1 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 

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

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

Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to make the mixture easier to form into patties. 

Remove from the fridge and form into 6 patties. Place on the lined baking sheet. 

Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Top with desired toppings and enjoy! 

#2 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 

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

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

Serve 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

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

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. 

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

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

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. 

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 that won’t leave you with a serious case of FOMO. 

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.