Our best healthy burger recipes

Try these homemade burger ideas for healthy picks for your summer barbecues and events

Our best healthy burger recipes

Source: Photo courtesy California Walnuts

A healthy diet doesn’t have to exclude the foods you love. Just be smart about what you choose’and how much you eat. Take burgers, for instance: make them at home (you control the ingredients), keep portion sizes reasonable and serve salad or grilled veggies on the side, and there’s no reason they can’t be part of a healthy eating plan. Try these healthy burger recipes to get started.

Vegetarian burgers

Veggie Burgers
A few simple ingredients make really tasty meat-free burgers. If you want to barbecue them, the best method is to cook the veggie burgers in advance and just heat them up over the coals, as this prevents them from sticking to the grill.

Portobello Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Walnut Sliders
This bite-size mushroom burger offers vegetarians a tasty option at summer barbecues.

Beef burgers

Beef Sliders Stuffed with Walnuts and Gorgonzola
These itty-bitty burgers pack big taste with the combination of crunchy walnuts, tender beef and gooey Gorgonzola. Baby arugula provides a perfect peppery match for these mouth-watering sliders, which can be cooked on the BBQ, indoor grill or stovetop.

Best Grilled Burgers with Dairy- and Nut-Free Pesto
Pesto is always a great topping for burgers and this allergy-friendly version is made without nuts or cheese.

Burgers made from other meats

Lamb Burgers with Fruity Relish
The advantage of making your own burgers is that you know exactly what’s in them. These lamb burgers look and taste better than the fast-food variety, while being a really healthy meal. A fruity relish of orange and raspberry adds a lovely fresh flavour.

Chicken Burgers with Tropical Fruit Salsa
There’s no need to give up burgers just because you’re on a heart-smart diet. These juicy chicken burgers, topped with a Caribbean-inspired tropical fruit salsa, are absolutely delicious. Complete the meal with oven-baked chips.

Pork, Apple and Walnut Sliders
These mini pork burgers combine a blend of sweet and spicy flavours and nutritious walnuts. Top with your favourite condiments or a generous mound of chutney or onion jam.

Bison Burgers with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Bring variety to burger night with these tasty burgers made with ground bison.

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