burgers with benefits
Yes, you can still enjoy a juicy burger while maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Learn how to build better-for-you burgers with these 5 easy tips.
choose lean ground beef
93/7 lean ground beef meets USDA standards for lean beef and is on the Good For You List. If you can’t find 93/7 at your store, 90/10 is a good alternative. Try to choose the lowest percentage of fat to receive all the beneficial nutrients found in beef without adding extra saturated fat to your diet.
top with veggies
Adding lettuce, tomato, onion and/or other vegetables is a great way to get servings of veggies in your day while still enjoying a beef burger. Plus, it’s a great way to add more Good For You items to your meals.
rethink your bun
Swap regular hamburger buns for whole-wheat; they have more fiber and vitamins than their refined counterparts. Looking for a lower-carb option? Remove the bun altogether and use large lettuce leaves to wrap your burger instead.
be smart about toppings
Many traditional burger toppings and condiments can add extra sugar, sodium or fat to your meal. Try some of these smart swaps to layer in the flavor and texture while keeping the nutrition of your burger in check.
- Creamy: swap mayo for mashed avocado
- Crunchy: swap pickles for fresh cucumbers, or quick pickle your own cucumbers
- Tangy: toss your lettuce in oil and vinegar or a light salad dressing
make it blended
Try swapping half of the ground meat for chopped mushrooms; this makes for a juicy and nutritious burger without sacrificing flavor. Not sure where to start? Use our recipe below to try it out next time you fire up the grill!
Lean ground beef contains B vitamins and zinc, which helps to promote a healthy immune system.