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Amazing Burger Alternatives You Must Try This Summer

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With summer just around the corner, our thoughts often turn to spending time outdoors enjoying the warm temperatures with backyard barbecues and cookouts. The most popular dish for grilling at these gatherings is generally burgers, but they don't necessarily have to be traditional beef or other meat. There are many healthy alternatives for those who may be bored with plain old hamburgers and want to jazz up the menu with something different. Unique ingredients and unusual toppings add a completely new dimension to one of America's favorite foods.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

The meat-like texture of these large mushrooms makes them a wonderful substitute for beef in a burger. The large size of Portobellos work well on large sandwich buns such as gourmet seeded buns from the Klosterman Baking Company. Nestled inside these warm, healthy buns and topped with melted Swiss or Provolone cheese, these burgers are light and delicious. They contain less fat, cholesterol, and calories.

Fresh Salmon Burgers


Salmon is one of the healthiest fish available. It is packed with several vitamins and nutrients not found in other fish. When chopped and combined with breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and spices, you can form them into patties and grill it up like a regular burger. Serve on a whole-wheat bun and top with lettuce, tomato slices, and homemade mayonnaise with sesame seeds. You might also pair with tartar sauce for a fishy flavor unique to these burgers.

Turkey Burgers


The taste of ground turkey rivals beef, but is much leaner and healthier. There is very little fat, so adding water-soluble vegetables such as celery and green pepper make this a delicious, juicy burger. Turkey burgers offer dieters a flavorful alternative to burgers with a higher caloric content. Top with any vegetable and sauce you can find.

Mexican Burgers


These burgers are delicious made with either ground beef or ground pork, or can even be made with black beans substituting the meat. Mix with breadcrumbs and one egg. Add chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and chopped onion. Form into patties and grill. Serve on buns with avocado slices, grated cheese, lettuce, and pico de gallo.

Those who prefer a healthier diet can still indulge their cravings for a delicious burger without feeling guilty this summer. Healthier ingredients and cooking methods allow even the most health conscious friend to enjoy this all-time favorite summer food.

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