With grilling season in full swing, burgers have probably been a staple in your house. At least I know they have been in mine! I love burgers, but especially during summertime. But, how to make burgers healthy may be on your mind if you’re eating them all the time.
I’m sharing my top tips and tricks for how to make burgers healthy so you can keep grilling all summer long. Burgers can be healthy, and they can be part of your weekly menu if you use these tips and tricks for how to make burgers healthy!
Use Organic Grassfed Beef
Organic grassfed beef will make the healthiest burger! Organic meat is always your best option as it’s free of GMO’s and the animals are not fed feed that was grown with chemicals. But grassfed beef has even more benefits such as higher amounts of Vitamin A, E, and antioxidants. It can also be really good for your gut. So, always buy organic grassfed beef. My favorite is Organic Prairie Grassfed Beef.
Use Organic Cheese
Organic cheese is much better for you than conventional cheese because the milk is organic. Organic Valley makes the best American Cheese for burgers!
Grill With Organic Lean Meat
If you’re making burgers part of your weekly menu, try making organic turkey burgers or chicken burgers for more lean protein. Try my Loaded Turkey Burgers, Chicken Taco Burgers, my Grilled Turkey Burgers.
Add Lots of Organic Veggies
Burgers can be very healthy if you load them up with organic veggies! The difference between a plain burger with ketchup and one with veggies is a lot of nutrients! Make sure you are adding organic veggies to each and every burger. Lettuce, kale, cabbage, tomato, grilled onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pickles, avocado — these all count!
Make a Burger Sourdough Sandwich
We do this all the time, simply because we can’t buy organic hamburger buns at the grocery store here. So, if I don’t stock up online or, I don’t make my own, we don’t have buns. Burger buns can have many more calories than a slice of sourdough bread. So, if you’re eating your burger on a slice of sourdough instead of a bun, you could be saving calories. Plus, sourdough bread is much healthier than a white burger bun.
Make a Burger Salad
Omitting the bun from your burger can make it a lot healthier because you simply need to eat more veggies with it! Try my Salsa Verde Burger Bowl for a different take on a burger that is equally delicious!
Condiments are a huge part of burgers, yes, I know. But, if you add too many or too much, you’re eating so many extra empty calories and sugar. Try adding just a small squiggle of your favorite condiment either on the bun or on the burger itself and leave it at that. Don’t dip your burger in condiments as that can lead to excess sugar and calories.
Serve Healthy Sides
If you’re eating burgers often, make sure you’re serving them with healthy sides instead of just French fries all the time. Try my Garlic Lemon Sweet Potato Fries or Roasted Veggies for a healthier take on fries. Or, serve your burger with a salad like my Simple Green Salad.
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
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