12 Best Healthy Hamburger Recipes for Weight Loss


9. Pan Burger With Fried Egg and Special Sauce

pan burgers fried egg special sauce

There’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of a juicy burger, and while the idea of firing up the grill might seem daunting, you don’t actually have to cook a burger that way. Instead, you can pan fry your patty for an easy way to satisfy your burger craving. However, we take things one step further, creating the perfect fried egg burger, complete with a special sauce that rivals any you would find at a restaurant.



1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tsp dill pickle relish
1 tsp yellow mustard
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 lb extra-lean ground beef (96% lean)
1 1/4 tsp salt, divided
3/4 tsp pepper, divided
1 Tbsp butter
4 ultra-thin slices mild cheddar cheese
3/4 cup baby arugula
4 eggs
4 sourdough English muffins, toasted


  1. Combine mayonnaise, relish, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl.
  2. Form ground beef into four equal-sized patties, about 1/4-inch thick. Press down slightly in the center to form an indentation. Season both sides with1 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.
  3. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high. Cook patties for about 2 minutes per side, or until done (160°F), placing a slice of cheese on top of each burger in the last minute of cooking.
  4. Remove burgers from skillet. Cover lightly with foil to keep warm. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until edges of whites are lightly browned but yolk is still runny. Season the eggs with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Spread each of the muffin bottoms with one-quarter of the mayonnaise mixture. Top each with one-quarter of the arugula, a cooked patty, and a fried egg. Top with muffin tops.


10. Grilled Pizza Burger

pizza burger on wooden tray with marinara sauce

You’ve had pizza, and you’ve had burgers. But what about…a pizza burger? Yep, it’s a real thing, and it’s the best of both worlds.

This recipe takes what you love about pizza—the tomato sauce, the mozzarella, and the seasonings like oregano—and adds them to a juicy turkey burger. Bursting with flavor, as well as fiber, this meal is way more nutritious than the average pizza slice. And after making it, you might just agree that it’s way more delicious, too.

The best part about the pizza burger is that it’s super easy to customize it to your liking. Can’t imagine pizza without pepperoni? Add a slice. Love crunchy bell peppers and onions? You can add those, too. However you make it, this pizza burger will satisfy your cravings for both foods.

NUTRITION: 451 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated), 415 mg sodium, 17 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 19 g protein



1–1 1/4 lb lean ground turkey
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 slices uncured sliced pepperoni (such as Hormel or Applegate Naturals) (optional)
4 thin slices mozzarella cheese (3 to 4 oz total) (optional)
4 sprouted whole-grain buns or whole-grain buns, split and toasted
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/3–1/2 cup jarred pizza sauce, warmed


  1. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, onion, red pepper, oregano, fennel seeds, garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes. Shape into 4-inch-thick patties. Brush tops and bottoms with olive oil.
  2. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until no longer pink (165°F), turning once halfway through grilling. If desired, top each patty with a pepperoni slice and then a cheese slice for the last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
  3. To assemble, place grilled patties on bun bottoms. Top with basil, pizza sauce, and bun tops.