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20 Burger Recipes That You Would Actually Eat

Many people want to “eat healthy” and think that means giving up their favorite foods, like burgers. Well, here are 20 burger recipes that prove that wrong.

 

If there’s one food that typifies “bad eating” more than any other, it’s the hamburger.

The sloppy, greasy, glorious hamburger.

Well, there’s a reason for this.

Your average pile of fatty, burned red meat isn’t exactly “healthy,” but with some culinary creativity, you can flip that script.

 

That’s what these recipes are all about.

Get ready for mouthwatering options like Southwestern Turkey Burgers, featuring a flavorful mixture of roasted green chilies, panko bread crumbs, and mayonnaise, topped with a chipotle in adobo sauce.

Or, broil up some Open-Faced Chicken Parmesan Burgers, served on a slice of garlic bread.

You can even slow-simmer Crock Pot Pizza Burgers, made with a mix of tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and pizza seasonings.

Enjoy!

Korean BBQ Burger

Serves 4

When you want to host a backyard barbecue that’s a cut above the rest, remember these Korean-style burgers with kimchi coleslaw.

The ground beef is flavored with ginger, garlic, and soy. Once cooked, they’re glazed in an irresistible barbecue sauce with brown sugar, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and more fresh ginger.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

760

Calories

58 g

Protein

74 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

Asian Burger Patty:

1 1/2 lbs. 80% lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp. grated ginger

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. soy sauce

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

4 brioche hamburger buns, toasted

Korean BBQ Sauce:

3/4 cup soy sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup rice vinegar

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tsp. chili garlic sauce

1 1/4 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. grated ginger

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 Tbsp. pure honey

Kimchi Slaw:

3 heaping cups finely shredded green cabbage

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 cup sliced kimchi

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Whiskey Burger

Serves 6

Jack Daniel’s burgers were popularized by a big restaurant chain, but their version can’t beat a homemade cheeseburger.

You can pick any whiskey for the glaze, like a sweet and salty scotch or smoky bourbon. Use something you like because you’ll have lots of leftover glaze.

Then you can use the best quality beef, like grass-fed, which tends to have less saturated fat and more omega-3s. Finish with your favorite toppings, whether that’s the standard bacon, lettuce, tomato or something creative like pomegranate ketchup and radish relish.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

454

Calories

25 g

Protein

41 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

Whiskey Glaze:

1 cup water

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup white onion, finely minced

3 Tbsp. whiskey

3 Tbsp. minced garlic

1/4 tsp. ground cayenne

Burgers:

1 1/2 lb. lean ground sirloin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

6 slices provolone

12 slices bacon (about 1/4 lb.)

6 whole-wheat hamburger buns

1 tomato, sliced

1 red onion, sliced

1/4 cup hamburger pickle slices

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Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Serves 4

The trick to making a good turkey burger is to mix ingredients into the patty that’ll keep the meat moist.

This recipe does that expertly by mixing in a bunch of different items that function to retain moisture and add flavor, including roasted green chilies, panko bread crumbs, and mayonnaise.

Then a chipotle in adobo sauce turns this into a spicy Southwestern burger.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

403

Calories

37 g

Protein

30 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey breast

1/4 cup (4 oz.) roasted green chilies, minced

2 Tbsp. chipotle in adobo sauce, minced

1 small onion, finely minced

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

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Caprese Stuffed Burgers

Serves 3

The best stuffed burgers have a bunch of gooey cheese that’s melted in the middle. Yet you don’t have to stop there: most toppings that you’d place between the patty and the bun can be used as a burger filling.

This puts the emphasis on the juicy beef while also making the burger gourmet, even when you’re using everyday ingredients like tomatoes and mozzarella.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

500

Calories

45 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

23 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

6 grape tomatoes, chopped

1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 oz. fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped

Handful of fresh basil

Seasoning to taste

3 whole-wheat hamburger buns

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Open-Faced French Stuffed Bison Burgers

Serves 4

These gourmet burgers are not just restaurant-quality, but could be served in an upscale restaurant with these indulgent flavors.

Rather than mere caramelized onions, which already make a sinfully good burger topping, these burgers are stuffed with shallots that are sautéed in butter and honey. Figs are also in the mix after being cooked in pomegranate juice.

The burger patties use standard seasonings but replace beef with bison.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

767

Calories

56 g

Protein

44 g

Carbs

38 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots

1 tsp. pure honey

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 lbs. ground bison

1/4 cup soft bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. milk

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

4 slices Gruyere cheese

4 slices French bread, toasted

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Buffalo Turkey Sliders

Serves 16

After one bite of these Buffalo sliders, you’ll never think of turkey burgers the same way again.

The patties are infused with red hot buffalo sauce, which not only adds flavor but keeps the turkey burgers from drying out. Then to complete the flavor of Buffalo wings, they’re topped with shredded cheese as well as creamy blue cheese dressing.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

344

Calories

23 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lbs. ground turkey

1 large egg

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. oil

16 slider buns

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Havarti cheese

3 cups fresh baby spinach

1/3 cup blue cheese dressing

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Turkey & Lamb Pita Burgers

Serves 4

Instead of going out to the Mediterranean spot nearby, use shawarma pita pockets as inspiration for your next homemade burger.

This recipe combines ground turkey and lamb to get the best of both. Lamb is richer in terms of flavor, fat, and usually cost. By mixing it with lean turkey, you can make a low-fat lamb burger, so it’s not as greasy or as gamey.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

566

Calories

42 g

Protein

57 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

Sauce:

1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/8 tsp. ground red pepper

 

Burgers:

1/4 cup diced onion

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground ginger

8 oz. lean ground lamb

8 oz. ground turkey breast

Cooking spray

12 leaves lettuce

6 whole-wheat pitas, halved

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Tropical Chicken Burgers

Serves 4

When it’s sweltering hot outside, a big beefy burger might not be the most refreshing thing to eat. These tropical burgers provide a delicious alternative with a patty of chicken, bell peppers, jalapeno, and mango.

They’re no harder to make than a standard hamburger – chop up some ingredients, mix with ground meat, and form into patties – but the end result is like a totally new comfort food.

Serve with salad or on toasted buns with teriyaki sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

402

Calories

53 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. ground chicken

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

1 large egg

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (or almond meal)

1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 small mango, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Serves 4

Just a touch of Mexican inspiration puts these burgers over the top. On the outside, they appear to be regular burgers, but on the inside, there’s an amazing filling of jalapeno cream cheese.

To cut out 10 grams of fat, use reduced-fat cheeses and lean ground turkey. You can also lower the carbs and calories by wrapping these jalapeno burgers in warm tortillas instead of whole-wheat buns.

These are delicious in any adaptation, and for taco burgers, serve with salsa or pico de gallo.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

666

Calories

60 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

38 g

Fat

Ingredients

28 oz. lean ground sirloin

2 Tbsp. finely minced onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

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Blue Cheeseburger with Crispy Shoestring Mushrooms

Serves 4

Onion straws are a quintessential burger topping, but believe it or not crispy fried mushrooms are even better.

Slice shiitake mushrooms into thin strips, and coat with Marsala wine, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then they bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until they reach the right texture.

Once you try them, you’ll be making these crispy mushrooms to go with everything.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

538

Calories

34 g

Protein

58 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

Shoestring Mushrooms:

10 oz. shiitake mushrooms, cut into thin strips

3 large shallots, halved and thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. Marsala wine (or red table wine)

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

 

Burgers:

4 oz. mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef

2 tsp. reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup (2 oz.) crumbled blue cheese

4 brioche burger buns

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The Hunter Burger

Serves 4

If you want to make the ultimate venison burger, you need to track down an expert hunter. They go out to scout the deer, have patience to wait for the perfect moment, and then dress it.

By the time the meat is ready to be cooked, it’s already been handled with respect, so it’s no wonder that follows into the kitchen to make a mean burger. When the meat is prepared just right, you won’t even need to worry about toppings.

But if you want to go the extra mile, pile mushrooms, thick-cut bacon, and French fries on top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

805

Calories

55 g

Protein

74 g

Carbs

33 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground venison

8 slices bacon

5 medium potatoes

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

1 onion, sliced

4 slices pepper Jack cheese

4 leaves lettuce

4 tomato slices

1/4 cup hamburger pickle slices

Handful of jalapeno slices

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Condiments of choice

4 large whole-wheat burger buns

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Cauliflower Veggie Burger

Serves 4

A low-calorie vegetable, cauliflower is often used as a replacement for starchy foods like rice or potatoes. But in this recipe, a head of cauliflower is chopped down and roasted to make lentil veggie burgers.

Of course these won’t be a protein-packed meal like most burgers. Yet it makes a great light lunch served as an open-faced sandwich, or good fuel for an endurance workout with the whole bun.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

247

Calories

13 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cauliflower Burger:

1 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets), roasted

1/2 cup lentils

1 cup bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. tahini sauce (optional)

1 tsp. curry paste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Tahini Sauce:

3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/4 cup water

2 Tbsp. tahini

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Open-Faced Chicken Parmesan Burger

Serves 4

Rather than baking whole chicken breast for dinner, which takes about 20 minutes, you can cook them like burgers under the broiler to make a quick chicken parm.

This is served as an open-faced sandwich, and instead of using the bottom of a burger bun, the chicken parm burger is served on top of a slice of garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

387

Calories

34 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs

1/4 cup (1 oz.) grated Parmesan

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. lean ground chicken

1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce

2 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut in half

4 slices frozen garlic bread

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Mushroom, Lentil & Olive Burgers with Cashew Garlic Sauce

Serves 6

A lot of vegetarian burgers are delicious, yet too light to satisfy the same kind of carnivorous craving that calls for a traditional hamburger.

This veggie patty has the right blend of ingredients and flavor to deliver big on umami flavor, and the mushroom-lentil mix offers something to really sink your teeth into. Simple seasonings and fresh herbs complete the picture.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

173

Calories

5 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup beluga lentils

1 Tbsp. ghee or coconut oil

1 red onion, sliced

Sea salt to taste

2 cups mixed wild mushrooms, sliced

5 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

15 Kalamata olives

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Sprouts & Avocado Cheeseburger

Serves 4

You don’t have to give up your cheeseburger just because you’re trying to eat a wholesome diet. Practically anything fresh from the farmers’ market can be transformed into a burger topping, such as coleslaw or even jam.

At the height of the summer season, you won’t have to do anything but slice up veggies to make a nutritious burger. Simply slice an avocado and tomato, and add a handful of fresh sprouts.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

660

Calories

51 g

Protein

51 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef

4 slices Colby Jack cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup mayonnaise

4 large leaves lettuce

1 avocado, sliced

1 cup alfalfa sprouts

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

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Salmon Quinoa Burgers

Serves 5

When you’re craving a gourmet burger but want to avoid red meat, salmon is a great alternative.

These salmon burgers can even be served on top of a salad instead of with a bun, so you’ll want to remember this one if you’re ever cutting carbs. To turn the finely chopped salmon into burger patties, the fish gets mixed with quinoa.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

183

Calories

21 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

16 oz. wild salmon fillet, skin removed

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup diced shallots

1 cup kale, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3/4 cup cooked quinoa

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

1 large egg, beaten

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Black Bean Beef Burgers with Blue Cheese & Onion Marmalade

Serves 6

Veggie burger patties use a wide variety of ingredients like beans, quinoa, or lentils. But any of those can also be mixed with ground meat to replace bread crumbs, as in these beef and black bean burgers

Any mix-ins that you add to the meat can help to make a juicier burger – just be sure you have eggs in the fridge to act as a binder for the various ingredients when you’re making gourmet burger patties.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

557

Calories

36 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

Onion Marmalade:

1 large red onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Black Bean Beef Burgers:

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 large egg, beaten

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, divided

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted

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German Pork Burger

Serves 4

Burgers don’t have to be made with beef. Using pork instead can lend itself to other flavor profiles, like this German sausage-inspired burger.

The seasonings are what make this a standout burger: namely caraway seeds and juniper berries, which are similar to peppercorns yet with a piney, citrusy flavor. Then what else would you top a German burger with but sauerkraut and sharp mustard? There’s also sour cream mixed into the ground beef.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

375

Calories

48 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lbs. extra-lean ground pork

1 Tbsp. salt

1 Tbsp. ground juniper berries

1 Tbsp. caraway seeds

1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1/4 cup sauerkraut

2 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard

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Crock Pot Pizza Burgers

Serves 6

This recipe’s proof you can make anything in a slow cooker. You don’t even have to take a minute to form the burger patties because these are more like sloppy joes held together with melted mozzarella.

By browning the beef in a skillet before it goes in the slow cooker, you can drain some of the grease drippings. Mix in tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and pizza seasonings, and cook on low or four hours.

Spoon onto toasted buns, and top each pizza burger with a slice of cheese.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

491

Calories

43 g

Protein

32 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef, seasoned to taste

1 1/2 jars (15 oz. each) pizza sauce

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella

3 oz. pepperoni slices, diced

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

6 whole-wheat hamburger buns

6 slices (6 oz.) part-skim mozzarella

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Lucky Peach Lamb Burgers

Serves 4

These burgers don’t have peaches in them – the recipe comes courtesy of Peter Mehan, the editor of food magazine Lucky Peach and author of 101 Easy Asian Recipes. So while you might be used to Mediterranean lamb burgers, these are made with cumin, cilantro, and Sichuan peppercorns.

Pick up the cookbook for more great recipes like miso clam chowder, dry-fried green beans, and tofu dressing.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

365

Calories

19 g

Protein

2 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. ground lamb

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. Sichuan peppercorns, toasted and crushed

1/2 tsp. red chile flakes

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. neutral oil

1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 jalapeno, deseeded and thinly sliced

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

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