America loves burgers. We consume about 50 billion each year. Yes…that’s 50 “billion”. That’s an awful lot of burger-eating! There’s even a place in Seymour, Wisconsin that celebrates hamburger history with its “Hamburger Hall of Fame”. Maybe they’re our favorite sandwiches, not only because they taste great, but because they are so versatile. There are so many ways to prepare and top a burger, the options are endless. There are also many types of burgers to use, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. Here’s Healthy Little Cooks’ top 10 list of burger options for your next barbeque:
1. Beef Hamburger– this top selling sandwich in the U.S. is definitely a go-to staple in American cuisine. When making your own version at home, look for lean ground beef to cut down on the fat content. The most lean option is 95%.
2. Turkey Burger– this is a lean version of the beef burger. It is very versatile for pairing with a variety of flavors.
3. Pork Burger– this is also a very versatile meat that packs a lot of taste.
4. Chicken Burger– ground chicken is similar to ground turkey in taste and texture, but not as lean.
5. Veggie Burger– this is a meatless burger made from vegetables (like corn), soy, tofu, legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts. It’s a great option for vegetarians!
6. Black Bean Burger– for vegans, this may be a perfect option. It’s gluten-free, has fewer calories than beef burgers, and is high in fiber.
7. Salmon Burger– another option for those looking for a healthier version of the traditional burger. Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 (heart-healthy) fats.
8. Portobello Mushroom Burger– this is another great healthy option. Portobello mushrooms are excellent sources of copper and selenium. Copper is especially important for helping your body form connective tissue and metabolize iron.
9. Tuna Burger– tuna is high in protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, iron, and vitamin C, making tuna burgers a healthy option for those looking to eat burgers in a health-conscious way.
10. Lentil Burgers– part of the legume family, lentils can be made into burgers. They are high in fiber, folate, and magnesium, Try using coconut flour as a binding agent to make this burger gluten-free, as well as vegan!
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