12 Best Healthy Hamburger Recipes for Weight Loss

 




 

5.  Paleo Bacon-Chile Burgers With Guacamole and Fresh Salsa

Paleo bacon chile burger

While some popular chains do sell burgers with more than 1,000 calories, you can actually enjoy a delicious burger with bacon (yes, bacon!) for a mere 402 calories. By simply adding some guacamole and fresh salsa, you’ll have a flavorful patty that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, it’s one of those healthy hamburger recipes you can also meal prep for lunches during the week!

Just because you’re craving a burger doesn’t mean you have to waste more than 1,000 calories on a basic sit-down restaurant or fast food order! While some popular chains do sell burgers with more than 1,000 calories, you can actually enjoy a delicious burger with bacon (yes, bacon!) for a mere 402 calories. By simply adding some guacamole and fresh salsa, you’ll have a flavorful patty that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.

The best part? This meal can be enjoyed on a paleo diet! For those who are paleo, you could always try using a vegetable as a bun (like eggplant or portobello mushrooms). Here, we used butter lettuce leaves. However, if you’re looking to add a burger bun, try a whole wheat pita or wrap instead. We have some smart burger bun swaps that can help you decide what “bun” you would like to use.

Adding a slice of cheese will certainly help with satiety on a traditional burger, but for those who are paleo, guacamole is a great alternative. Not only is avocado a great appetite suppressant, but it is the perfect food for weight loss. So spoon on some delicious guacamole and fresh salsa on your burger—your stomach will thank you!

NUTRITION: 402 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated), 840 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 32 g protein, 7 g fiber

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

6 slices no-sugar-added bacon
1 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1⁄2 tsp salt, divided
1⁄4 tsp pepper
1 medium ripe avocado
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1⁄2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp chopped green onions
4 butter lettuce leaves
1 cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange bacon slices in a single layer on foil. Bake 10 to 20 minutes or until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and let cool. Crumble bacon.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine beef, garlic, jalapeño, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add bacon pieces; mix gently and form into 4 patties.
  3. Preheat grill to medium. Grill burgers 12 to 16 minutes or until done (160°F), turning once.
  4. While burgers are grilling, mash together the avocado, lime juice, remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, cilantro, and green onions.
  5. Serve burgers in lettuce leaves topped with guacamole and fresh salsa.

 

6. Southwest Turkey Burger

Low-calorie southwest turkey burger

A few years back, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s reached out to us and asked for help designing a new line of turkey burgers that would improve on an otherwise high-calorie menu. A lot of time and testing went into the burgers, during which we learned just how well turkey takes to intense, vibrant flavors that might not jibe as well with beef. In the end, this spicy-cool burger didn’t make it on the menu, but it remains one of the best turkey burgers we’ve had. Now, with this turkey burger recipe, you can judge for yourself…

NUTRITION: 470 calories, 26 g fat (7 g saturated), 520 mg sodium

SERVES 4

YOU’LL NEED

2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
1 Tbsp chipotle puree
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 lb ground turkey
1 Tbsp Magic Blackening Rub (1 Tbsp paprika, 1 Tbsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried oregano, and 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper)
Salt and black pepper to taste
4 slices pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese
4 English muffins or potato rolls, lightly toasted
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup Pico de Gallo (make your own, or buy pre-made)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayo, chipotle puree, and lime juice. Reserve.
  2. Preheat a grill, grill pan, or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Gently form the turkey into 4 equal patties (being careful not to overwork the meat, which makes for dense, tough burgers).
  4. Season both sides of the burgers with the blackening rub, plus salt and black pepper.
  5. Cook the burgers on the grill for about 4 minutes, until a nice dark crust has formed on the bottoms.
  6. Flip and immediately cover with the cheese.
  7. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes longer, until the cheese is melted and the burger is just firm to the touch.
  8. Top 4 English muffin halves with the avocado slices and Pico de Gallo, then place a burger on top of each.
  9. Spoon the chipotle mayo over the burgers and serve.