When serving burgers at a backyard BBQ, forget the gut-busting stacks made from fatty chopped beef, slices of American cheese, and starchy white buns.
With a few simple tweaks and fresh ingredients, you can create a healthier version of the old standby that wont add inches to your waistline. From salmon to black beans to lean ground beef, we compiled the most delicious burgers featuring fat-burning ingredients that’ll leave your guests begging for seconds.
Here are 10 of the most mouthwatering, muscle-building burger recipes.
1. Turkey burger with blood orange aioli
In an effort to help you stack on muscle without sacrificing flavor, this turkey burger comes packed with flavor thanks to a citrus aioli you can make right at home.
2. Asian turkey burger
Incorporate some Asian-inspired spice with soy, sesame oil, and Sriracha to really kick up your turkey burger.
Check out the full Asian turkey burgers recipe here.
3. Chicken and goat cheese burgers with peaches, corn, and cherry tomatoes
Diverse flavors highlight this muscle-building dish that’s more meal than burger. Despite the bevy of ingredients, the prep is relatively simple and they’re cooked just like regular burgers.
4. Hatch chile chicken burger
Introducing a hatch chile to a chicken burger can make all the difference—especially when you top it with a delicious cilantro mayo.
Check out the full hatch chile chicken burger recipe here.
5. Portobello burger with caramelized balsamic tomatoes
Just because meat is absent from these burgers doesn’t mean they don’t have flavor. The Provolone, tomato, and mushroom blend together for a burger that’s equal parts healthy and tasty.
6. Teriyaki salmon burgers
The benefits that fish, particularly salmon, can yield for your body are both well-documented and well-founded. With this recipe, you can take in all the critical nutrition that comes with salmon without sacrificing flavor.
Check out the full teriyaki salmon burger recipe here.
7. Chipotle burgers with avocado crema
A slew of Southwestern ingredients give a unique flare to this recipe. Add in avocado and you’ve got a superbly tasty burger loaded with healthy fats and protein.
Check out the full chipotle burgers with avocado crema recipe here.
8. Applesauce cheeseburger sliders
These apple sliders have a bit of spice and smoke—a tasty, irresistible combination.
Check out the full applesauce cheeseburger sliders recipe here.
9. Avocado chicken burger
This citrusy, colorful chicken burger is everything you need for an easy-to-make healthy lunch.
Check out the full avocado chicken burger recipe here.
10. Black bean burgers
With these high-protein, low-carb black bean burgers, you get a great source of protein (not to mention, fiber, calcium, and iron), and tons of flavor.
Check out the full black bean burgers recipe here.