Find juicy, grilled burgers that are also good for you: not only beef, but salmon, lamb, and turkey, too.
Photo: Charles Masters; Styling: Thom DriverBetter, Lighter Burgers
The great American burger has been gaining weight like a cartoon sumo wrestler lately. In fast-food joints and fancy restaurants alike, it's all about superdupersizing.
It's time to reclaim America's national food for folks who want to grill a juicy, delicious, and satisfying burger that is plenty big enough but fits into a healthy diet, too. The secrets to healthy burgers are now revealed. Less fat in the patty requires a few tricks in the kitchen to keep things juicy; those tricks are here. If you like it simple, try the brisket cheese-burger. If you like spice, the poblano burger is very nice. If you want fish, the salmon burger is the alpha and the omega 3 of fishburgers. There are flavors for every palate. So fire up the grill this weekend and get your better, lighter burger summer going.
Lamb Burgers with Indian Spices and Yogurt-Mint Sauce
This burger is kept lean by using lamb shoulder, which has about two-thirds less fat than pre-ground lamb from the supermarket. For a lighter texture, grind it yourself (using a grinder attachment for your stand mixer or an old-fashioned hand grinder), or ask a butcher to do it. Vadouvan, an Indian spice mix, flavors the meat. The patties get tantalizingly aromatic when Oxmoor Housecharred on a hot grill. Mint and yogurt provide the perfect counterpoint to the spice mix. Finally, sweet roasted red peppers and bitter radicchio round out a deliciously tasty burger.
View Recipe: Lamb Burgers with Indian Spices and Yogurt-Mint Sauce
Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Peach Chutney
Enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving all year long in this dressed-up turkey burger. Purchase ground turkey breast versus ground turkey-the white meat is much lower in calories and fat. Grilling the burgers makes for an added boost of flavor. Serve with vegetable chips and red grapes.
View Recipe: Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Peach Chutney
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan GautroGreek-Style Burgers with Feta Aïoli
This burger-stuffed with roasted bell peppers and spinach-carries Greek flavors in every bite. Greek cuisine highlights healthy ingredients such as vegetables and olive oil, so these burgers are a filling, lighter alternative to traditional hamburgers.
View Recipe: Greek-Style Burgers with Feta Aioli