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Bringing Back The Burger: 5 Recipes You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Bringing Back The Burger: 5 Recipes You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

You don't have to kick burgers from your summer menu to live fit. You have to get creative and build a burger that supports your goals! These five recipes bring back that broiling feeling.

There's something beautiful about the bond between burger, barbecue, and taste buds, especially on a warm summer evening. Those of us who live the fit life don't have to sacrifice that beauty. Sure, drive-thru burgers will burn your goals like an unattended grill, but the burger can be made to support muscle-building.

With a little prep, a dash of creativity, and a few adventurous ingredients, you can craft a burger that satisfies your palate and your fitness nutrient needs. Bring the burger back! Light your grill, invite some friends over, and show them that you aren't a food prude. Outsmart barbecues with these ridiculously good recipes.

1
Sesame Salmon Burgers

This burger is loaded with heart-healthy fats that support lean body composition and offer a bevy of additional benefits to your skin, circulation, and overall health. Many people reach for canned tuna for fish-based burgers, but canned salmon can work even better.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Remove bones and skin from salmon.
  2. Combine the salmon, oats, lemon juice, ginger, soy sauce, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  3. Form into patties and then press sesame seeds into them.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook patties, 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Serve on the whole wheat bun with spinach leaves and mustard if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 420
Total Fat19 g
Total Carb40 g
Protein24 g

Sesame Salmon Burgers PDF (51.3 KB)

2
Tomato Turkey Burgers

This turkey burger delivers a pleasing combination of fresh flavors. The cheese pairs with tomatoes to create an experience you won't forget. This recipe is high in protein and low in fat, a great option for people on a cutting diet.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Combine ground turkey, shredded cheese, tomato, with salsa and garlic.
  2. Once ingredients are well combined, form into patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook patties for 4-5 minutes per side or until done.
  5. Remove from skillet and lay on top of whole wheat bun, smeared with fat-free mayonnaise and layered with the cucumber.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 388
Total Fat8.25 g
Total Carb39 g
Protein39.25 g

Tomato Turkey Burgers PDF (57.5 KB)

3
Homemade Beef Burgers

If a beef burger is the only burger in your mind, this recipe will bring your belly inner peace. The recipe calls for extra-lean ground beef, and grilling on a barbecue will further reduce the fat content. This burger packs a protein punch!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Combine ground beef, egg whites, onion, green onions, dry oats, with Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.
  2. Form into four patties and place on a heated grill.
  3. Brush patties with barbecue sauce as they cook. Flip patties every few minutes until cooked to desired specs.
  4. Serve on top of the bun with lettuce, tomato, and mustard if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 406
Total Fat13.75 g
Total Carb36 g
Protein33 g

Homemade Beef Burgers PDF (49.4 KB)

4
Crab Burger

Any meat can be pounded into a patty! Crab is a quality source of lean protein, and it offers a nice change of pace from the usual chicken or beef. This recipe pairs crab with avocado for a creamy burger bursting in flavor and stuffed with healthy fat.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the lump crab meat, green onions, pureed garlic and ginger, light soy sauce, avocado, lemon juice, and oats.
  2. Once well mixed, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Place the burgers in the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden and slightly crispy.
  4. Serve on top of the buns with some mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, along with a cucumber if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 432
Total Fat19 g
Total Carb43 g
Protein24.7 g

Crab Burger PDF (54.7 KB)

5
Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Fruit is unnecessarily ignored at many barbecues and burger bonanzas. Let's right that wrong! This unique pineapple turkey burger finally brings fruit and meat together. The pineapple adds sweet juice to the turkey and will engage your taste buds in a whirl of flavor. Pineapple contains beneficial digestive enzymes, as well.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Combine ground turkey, oats, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, with diced onion.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet (or on a grill) on medium heat and once bubbling, lay the burgers in the skillet.
  3. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked.
  4. Once there's about one minute left on the second side, layer the cheese on top and cook until melted.
  5. Serve on top of the buns with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion slices if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 381
Total Fat14 g
Total Carb39 g
Protein30 g

Pineapple Turkey Burgers PDF (102 KB)

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ijustbluemyself

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Man those look delicious. Definitely will be making these after my next trip to the grocery. Bookmarked!

Jun 11, 2013 6:02pm | report
 
chaotiix

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Agreed!

Jun 13, 2013 2:58pm | report
SaraSolomon

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SaraSolomon

YUM Shannon! Another gr8 recipe article!

Jun 11, 2013 6:19pm | report
 
Razzman02

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As soon as I get back from Afghanistan I'm trying all but the Crab burger.....allergic to shellfish :-(

Jun 11, 2013 11:41pm | report
 
bgarrett123

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Im with you on that one bro

Jun 12, 2013 7:40am | report
plmcute8402

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Id just die happy, Once the eppi pins stopped working ;0) Stay safe Razzman, dont need to tell you Kabul has been getting hit

Jun 13, 2013 7:54am | report
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I know what i am having for lunch!!!

Jun 12, 2013 2:08am | report
 
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Southcac24

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I'm definitely gonna make a few of these this weekend! George Foreman ALL DAY!

Jun 12, 2013 5:55am | report
 
BAMAconnell

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good way to mix it up!!

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thePLANEfxr

They look so good. I am on a Paleo style diet a few tweaks and they will fit in perfectly! Thanks for the suggestions!

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P4ULLY

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P4ULLY

awesome, time to eat!!!

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saltmonkey

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saltmonkey

Mmmmmmm ...crab Burger dinner it is. Never thought of that

Jun 12, 2013 6:33pm | report
 
tastyanimalsnom

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tastyanimalsnom

These all look good to me, I would like to try combining the Carb Burger/Beef Burger. The more animals the better.

Jun 12, 2013 9:22pm | report
 
theplazmaworker

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nothing like a crabby patty ;3

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Ha! Nice.

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Never heard of a crab burger. Must try!

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plmcute8402

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Not too sure about number 1, but the rest look amazing!

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tha1andonly

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not a fan of crab but im gonna try these look very enticing :D

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what about egg/dairy/veggie only dieters..black bean burgers #stop being biased

Jun 13, 2013 10:59am | report
 
Rock57656

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Rock57656

Wowzers! Those all look incredible.

Jun 13, 2013 11:13am | report
 
Kahnsepts

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Crab and avocado, two of my favorites combined into what looks like a killer burger. I'm trying this tonight!

Jun 13, 2013 2:47pm | report
 
Sprint310

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I eat these burgers all the time and with more creativity u can even make them taste just as or even better tasting than fast food burgers.the crab one is new one.will try.thanks.

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We have made 2 of these burgers this week they where both amazing

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Next BBQ I will make atleast one of them. The Crab one seemed really nice!

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eh...I don't know if I like any of those. I would substitute bison for beef!!!

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