With the Fourth of July on the horizon, most Americans are planning to dust off their grills and get cooking outdoors. For many, that means things like steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers will be on the menu.
While it’s certainly possible to work moderate portions of red meat into your healthy diet, there are also a lot of alternatives to the good old fashioned hamburgers for anyone who wants to lose a few pounds or commit to eating leaner protein like chicken and fish.
If you’re really craving a burger and red meat just won’t do, we have plenty of healthier alternatives to burgers that are sure to be crowd pleasers, even for the most dedicated carnivore.
Veggie Burgers: Some meatless burgers have a reputation for being bland, boring and dry. These veggie-based burgers will be a hit among vegetarians and meat eaters with a great flavor, texture and only 125 calories per serving.
Mexican Turkey Burgers: If you’re craving something spicy, it’s easy to indulge yourself without breaking the calorie bank. With bold flavors and more than 20 grams of protein per patty, you’ll want to whip up these South-of-the-border style burgers every weekend.
Italian Olive Burgers: The best part about adding flavorful ingredients, like olives, to a burger is that it will be delicious without a ton of fat. Use lean beef to add texture and taste to these burgers and leave the guilt behind.
Salmon Burgers: Straight from the Biggest Loser Resort, this salmon burger is full of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that support brain health. With 33 grams of protein you’ll feel satisfied without having to spend overtime on the treadmill tomorrow.
Feta-Stuffed Chicken Burger: If you’re worried about chicken or turkey burgers drying out while you cook them on the grill, this Mediterranean-inspired burger will prove you wrong. Feta cheese adds moisture and flavor and will pair well with all of your favorite picnic side dishes.