4 Burgers With A Twist

Who says a great burger needs to have a hunk of medium-rare red meat on it? Spread out and try these 4 savory takes on the all-time grill favorite!

Everyone loves a savory burger hot off the grill—and I mean everyone. From diehard carnivores to dyed-in-the-wool vegetarians, few among us can resist the appeal of biting into that perfect stack of bun, sauce, a hot patty, and crispy, cold toppings. The combinations among these items are endless, and, as many restaurants have discovered in recent years, the old charbroiled chuck topped with cheddar is only the beginning of the fun.

Even if you're the type who wouldn't dream of giving up your beef, you should allow yourself a little dalliance with the new generation of visionary burgers. They pack the same protein wallop as old-school burgers, but with far less saturated fats and some undeniably great flavor. Make room on the barbecue for these four new takes on an old classic, and share your alterna-burger secrets in the comments!

1
Chicken Burger Topped With Feta,
Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Arugula

Chicken is a great source of lean, high-quality protein. Add in roasted red pepper, feta cheese, and arugula, and you've got a meal that's not only high in protein, potassium, and antioxidants, but also offers a mouthful of savory Mediterranean flavors.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. In a bowl, mix 1 lb. ground chicken with feta cheese, chopped basil, roasted bell pepper, salt and pepper.
  3. Form 4 small burgers, approximately 4 oz. apiece.
  4. Cook thoroughly on grill, about 10 minutes each side.
  5. Place on sandwich thins and top with sliced tomato, feta, roasted red bell pepper, and arugula.

Chicken Burger Topped With Feta, Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Arugula PDF (104 KB)

Nutrition Facts
  Recipe yields 4
Amount per serving
Calories 212
Total Fat4.8 g
Total Carbs7.8 g
Protein25.6 g

2
Salmon Burger With Sautéed Onions & Yogurt Dill Sauce

Pack in the omega-3 fatty acids with this tangy, flavorful fish dish! Not only is salmon low in fat and calories, but one 4 oz. serving has 24 grams of protein. Top with sautéed onions and yogurt dill sauce for that perfect hot-cold combination!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. Sprinkle salmon with mesquite seasoning.
  3. Grill fish to desired temperature (8-12 minutes).
  4. In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt and dill.
  5. Sauté red onion in small sauté pan until caramelized.
  6. Spread a thin layer of yogurt sauce on sandwich thin. Place salmon fillet on top and garnish with red onions and arugula.

Salmon Burger With Sautéed Onions & Yogurt Dill Sauce PDF (104 KB)

Nutrition Facts
  Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 208
Total Fat4.5 g
Total Carbs13.7 g
Protein29.8 g

3
Grilled Portobello and Zucchini Burger

Indulge in nature's burger! The thick, meaty texture of portobello mushrooms makes it a favorite among meat lovers and vegetarians alike. This shroom also offers an antioxidant blast on par with far more famous vegetables, and at a minimal calorie cost: One cup only has 42 calories. Fire up the fungus!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. Lightly brush mushroom caps with olive oil.
  3. Grill mushroom caps and zucchini slices until tender.
  4. Place on sandwich thin. Top with sliced cheese, roasted red bell pepper, and spinach.

Grilled Portobello and Zucchini Burger PDF (100 KB)

Nutrition Facts
  Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 126
Total Fat2.5 g
Total Carbs16 g
Protein11.5 g

4
Teriyaki Tofu Burger

The zesty Asian flair of this burger will make you a tofu believer! Savor the pairing of caramelized onions with spicy chili flakes and Sriracha, all supported by the sweet smokiness of Teriyaki marinade. If you need any further convincing, tofu contains all of the essential amino acids and packs in 6 grams of protein per 3 oz. serving.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. Marinate tofu in teriyaki marinade, red chili flakes and Sriracha.
  3. Sauté red onion in pan until caramelized.
  4. Grill tofu for 3-4 min on each side.
  5. Place on Flat Out wrap. Top with butter leaf lettuce, shredded carrots, and caramelized red onion.

Teriyaki Tofu Burger PDF (102 KB)

Nutrition Facts
  Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 162
Total Fat7.5 g
Total Carbs18.2 g
Protein13.7 g

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chadwell18

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Sounds good yummmmmmm

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Bonus points for using whole wheat thins

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1 and 2 made me drool.

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I'll have all of that please.

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Vegetables are what my food eats

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mmatsnev

Looks great, i will try this after my 12 week body transformation program which ends in December ;)

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They look great!

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RelaxImJoking

Where's the beef!

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jwethall

I hate this article with every red fiber of my being. If I ever saw one of these monstrosities, I would ask for one, throw it away, and ask for another so I could repeat the process until I was sure no one would ever put this in their body again. I am now literally going to eat my second steak of the day. Bon appetit.

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Yum, but seriously... a 126 calorie burger? Who are you feeding? A 3 year old? I'd need 6 of those just for lunch.

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FSDLebron

They all sound delicious.

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LYMIrae

Looks delicious!

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estin1981

These would be some great additions to a nursing home menu or perhaps a yogi will eat these on a hilltop while pondering the meaning of life.

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Cinnepin

Looks delicious! Will definitely try one or two of these :)

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Looks tasty!

Sep 20, 2013 5:48am | report
 
daveatl

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Wow! I'm impressed by the low calorie counts on all these - these are great alternatives for people with gout, if you discount the mushrooms.

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CJ983

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Great looking recipes!

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arghbowl

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arghbowl

I'd need 4 of those just for one meal... Great for those looking to cut out all calories, but for anyone actually attempting to see any changes in strength &/or mass.... yeah. Not so much.

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cgraham531

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who was working the calculations on these???? Half of them are wrong.

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florindamsa

ideal snack!!

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These look sooo good! I can't wait to try the first two as substitutes to standard burgers!

Sep 24, 2013 3:54pm | report
 
joncupples

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Calculations are off. If i ate all of those for lunch i would still need more.

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HaVoC888

if only one could have a sexy little chef to prepare all these nice things for you :-)

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WilliamBarry

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WilliamBarry

Ideas sound great but when doing the math all items should be accounted for.

The bread alone is 100 calories and by looking at the GRILLED PORTOBELLO AND ZUCCHINI BURGER all the items may add up to 128 calories but add the bread and you get 228.

Again, don't get me wrong, ideas are great for someone looking to keep calories low and I am looking for this right now; however the math should account for everything.

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Awesome. I had to find some good recipes for one of my clients that is a vegetarian!

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