Building Healthier Burgers

healthy burgersGrilling for friends? Maybe you’re having a family barbecue this weekend? Or perhaps you just want a juicy burger fresh off the grill? The Food Network recently posted some recipes to help you build healthier burgers. Get the recipes.

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  6 comments for “Building Healthier Burgers

  1. Jane
    June 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Is there anything healthy about red meat?

    • June 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

      We’ll ask one of our nutritions and post the answer here.

    • July 1, 2015 at 11:28 am

      According to one of our dietitians, Stephanie LaCroix: Yes, red meat does have health benefits and can have a place in a healthy diet when choosing lean cuts. Lean cuts of red meat are recommended since higher fat cuts of meat can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Lean red meat is a great source of protein, which is important to build muscle and repair tissue. It’s also a good source of zinc, which is also needed to build muscle as well as strengthen the immune system. Red meat also contains B-vitamins, such as vitamin B12 (for a healthy nervous system), vitamin B6 (good for the immune system), and niacin and riboflavin (both aid in digestion and are good for healthy for skin and eyes). Red meat has iron, which your body needs for the red blood cells to transport oxygen to all the parts if our body.

  2. June 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Brazilian Burgers

    1 tablespoon pressed garlic
    1 1⁄2 teaspoons coarse salt
    1⁄3 cup red wine vinegar
    1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice

    1 lb ground beef
    1⁄4 cup yellow cornmeal

    Black Bean Spread:
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    More Ingredients:
    1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
    1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered
    1 green bell pepper, seeded and quartered
    vegetable oil
    4 kaiser rolls, split
    2 blood oranges, peeled, end trimmed, and each cut into 4 rounds
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


    Prepare a med-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat gas grill to med-high.

    Make the marinade: combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.

    Make the patties: combine the ground beef and cornmeal with half the marinade in a big bowl.
    Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well.

    Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts; form into patties to fit the rolls.

    Make the spread: combine the beans, oil, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons marinade in a small bowl; coarsely mash the beans with a fork; set aside.

    Combine the onion and remaining marinade in a small bowl; brush the pepper quarters with vegetable oil.
    When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil; place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 4-5 minutes per side for medium.

    Grill the peppers, turning several times, until soft and browned, 4-5 minutes on each side.
    During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lighlty.
    To assemble burgers: cover the cut sides of the roll bottoms with the bean spread.

    On each roll bottom, place a patty, a red and green pepper quarter, an orange slice, an equal portion of the marinated onions, and 1 ½ teaspoons of the cilantro.

    Add roll tops and serve.

    It’s delicious I hope everyone enjoy this one 🙂

    • June 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      this sounds great – thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Jessie
    June 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    My friend showed me this great recipe for chicken burgers made with pepers, fresh cilantro and onion! We topped it with fresh garden veges and ghat alone was delicious! Great healthier way of having a “burger” 🙂

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