If you love burgers but don’t want to feel guilty about a 1,000+ calorie splurge, I’ll show you how to make a healthier burger with this bunless grass-fed burger recipe. There are a few tips you can use to help you cook a healthier burger that still tastes awesome:
1. Buy grass-fed ground sirloin beef. Grass fed beef is much leaner and healthier than the traditional grain-fed beef you’ll find in the grocery store. If you’re still not buying grass-fed beef, check out my article about why you should consider grass-fed beef.
2. Forget the bun. Most burger buns are made from refined white flour, which is an unhealthy type of carbohydrate that can lead to weight gain.
3. Add some diced veggies with your burger meat for added flavor and texture. I used red onion and sun dried tomatoes.
4. Top the burger with a combination of thinly-chopped lettuce and green onion for a healthy topper.
Most burgers you order at restaurants are in the 1,000+ calorie range. The Classic Burger at Cheesecake Factory, for example, has 1380 calories. You’ll have to spend several hours in the gym to burn that off.
This healthy burger recipe, on the other hand, has just 214 calories, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, and 31 grams of protein. And on that note, here’s the recipe …
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Serves|
|10 min||10 minutes||4|
Ingredients: Healthy Burger Recipe
- 1 lb. grass-fed ground sirloin
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 6 sun dried tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup romaine lettuce
- 1/4 cup green onion
- 1 T. organic ketchup
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 1 T olive oil
1. Rinse and chop the romaine lettuce as thin as possible. Chop the green onion, combine with lettuce, and set aside.
2. Pre-heat a pan (I used cast iron) to medium.
3. Dice the red onion and sun dried tomatoes and combine with sirloin. Add salt and pepper and shape into four patties.
4. Coat burgers with olive oil and cook for about 4 minutes/side for medium. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
5. Top burger with Dijon mustard, ketchup and lettuce and onion mixture.
214 calories, 8 g fat, 4 g carbs (1 g fiber), 31 g protein, 500 mg sodium