Burger Recipe Roundup
It’s summertime, which means backyard BBQs are in full swing. Burgers are a summer staple and have some excellent health benefits! In addition to being a great source of protein, burgers are full of vitamins and minerals such as iron, B12, and zinc, which aids DNA synthesis and supports the immune system.
Unfortunately, hamburgers and cheeseburgers can be detrimental to your health as well. All that red meat can leave you feeling heavy and even bloated if you have too much. Plus, the carbs from those buns can make you sleepy before the day has even begun.
But don’t worry – there are several ways to enjoy a healthy, clean burger this summer, including swapping beef for turkey or salmon, ditching the bread for lettuce, and even turning your burger into a yummy soup (same delicious taste!).
You can enjoy the delicious, classic meal without the harmful effects by making a few small changes. These recipes will help you feel fuller for longer and give you more energy to make it through those long, hot days so that you can enjoy time with family and friends all summer!
We love meal-prepping around here. Having meals all ready to go can really help your morning or evening routine when you’ve got a million things to do. Take some of the stress off by making these delicious Cheeseburger salads-in-a-jar (which stay fresh for up to 4 days!).
CFC Burger Bites
Need a simple, quick appetizer for your next BBQ? These burger bites are perfect for all-day snacking and will surely be a hit with your kids. Load up your skewers with your favorite burger ingredients (pickles, tomatoes, onions, etc.), and watch these fly off the plate!
Zucchini has quite an impressive nutritional scoreboard – from high levels of potassium, B-vitamins, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, all of which offer considerable benefits to our overall health. Using zucchini as an alternative to bread is a great way to cut down on carbs AND get lots of important nutrients to keep you healthy.
Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup
This hearty cheeseburger soup hits all the right spots! It’s super flavorful and filling while also being nutritious and packed with protein. Full of yummy vegetables, beef, and a broth that’s sure to leave your mouth watering, this soup is an excellent appetizer for summer BBQs or a great meal for winter when you’re craving the summer months.
Naked Burgers + Chunky Salsa
This is an excellent option for people who love the taste of ground beef but don’t love all the toppings of a typical hamburger! These are full of fresh herbs, tangy feta, and grated zucchini, and then topped with fresh salsa – a refreshing take on the classic meal!
Lettuce Wrapped BLT Burgers
Here’s a great recipe where lettuce is used instead of buns! Crisp, fresh lettuce is refreshing and won’t fill you up as fast, so you can enjoy more than a regular burger but without losing any of the yummy taste.
Homemade Salmon Burgers
Salmon is an AMAZING food to make a part of your diet. It’s full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and promote healthy vision and brain development in infants. Wild-caught salmon has more vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory benefits than others, and it’s a healthy alternative to beef!
BBQ Chicken Burgers
Another fun twist on a classic hamburger, this recipe calls for ground chicken and includes a tangy, made-from-scratch BBQ sauce that’ll make you never want to get store-bought sauce again. Plus, it’s a healthy alternative to greasy hamburgers.
Naked Turkey Burgers with Pico De Gallo
Turkey is yet another healthy alternative to ground beef, and it makes for some super tasty burgers! It’s an excellent source of niacin and selenium and a good source of vitamin B6, phosphorus, and zinc. Similar to the naked beef burgers with salsa, these turkey burgers are piled high with fresh pico de gallo that will leave your mouth watering for more.
Cheeseburger Salad Bowls
This recipe’s versatility makes it one of my favorites! Ground beef? Turkey? Chicken? Salmon? Use whatever preferred protein to make this salad perfect for you and your family! And if you need to, split the recipe into 2 different salads to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! Then you can have fun mixing in your favorite toppings. It’s a great meal to get the whole family involved.
Whether you’re into the classic hamburger, you prefer a lighter protein like chicken or turkey, or fresh seafood like salmon, there are many ways to enjoy a “burger” this summer. Including classic ingredients like cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and lettuce can satisfy your burger cravings without leaving you feeling tired and bloated, OR you can switch it up and use homemade salsa or pico de gallo to spice up your burgers.
The great thing about burgers is how creative you can be and how much fun you can have creating delicious recipes your whole family is sure to love.