5 Healthy Cookout Burger Recipes

Burgers may be tasty but unfortunately there are a number of things that make them bad for your health.

First, most burgers are highly processed and are filled with unnatural ingredients. Secondly, most burgers are relatively high in calories and won’t do you any favors if you’re following a summer weight loss plan.

Finally, most burgers at cookouts are served with bread, condiments and cheese which add even more calories to the mix.

These five healthy cookout burger recipes teach you how to make your own burgers from scratch which cuts out a good chunk of calories, improves their taste and makes them good for your health.

Best of all these include a secret ingredient. This ingredient will not is healthy, but it adds another layer of great flavor to these healthy burger recipes. This great tasting secret ingredient is Traverse Bay Farms dried cherries.

1. Healthy Chicken Burgers

Chicken burgers are a lighter colored and lighter tasting alternative to hamburgers. This slightly spicy chicken burger recipe contains all natural ingredients and packs less than 300 calories per burger.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 chopping board.
  • 1 large mixing bowl.
  • 1 sealable container.
  • 1 wooden spoon.

Ingredients Required:

  • 12 oz. ground chicken breast (340g).
  • 2 tablespoons of onion powder (14g).
  • 1/2 cup of Traverse Bay Farms Dried Cherries
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper (6g).
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (2g).
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (5ml).
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (6g).
  • 1/2 cup of milk (118ml).
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (60g).

Instructions:

  1. Add the black pepper, cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil, ground chicken breast, milk, onion powder, dried cherries, salt and a quarter of the whole wheat breadcrumbs to the large mixing bowl and stir well with the wooden spoon.
  2. Once all the ingredients are fully mixed into the ground chicken, form four patties on the chopping board.
  3. Coat each patty with the remaining whole wheat breadcrumbs, place all four in the sealable container and refrigerate until you are ready for the cookout.
  4. When it’s time for the cookout, remove the healthy chicken burgers from the refrigerator. If you are attending a cookout, simply bring the sealed container with you and then cook them directly on the grill when you get there. If you are hosting a cookout, simply cook them directly on your own grill.
  5. To keep the chicken burgers healthy and low in calories, don’t eat them with bread, cheese or condiments. Instead, enjoy them with a portion of any of the healthy salads discussed earlier in this cookbook.

Calories:

  • 976 calories total.
  • 244 calories per serving.

2. Healthy Hamburgers

Hamburgers are the most popular cookout burger going and are sure to be on offer at every cookout you can attend. By using the hamburger recipe below you can enjoy your tastiest hamburger to date and be sure that there are no nasty, unnatural ingredients in it.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 chopping board.
  • 1 large mixing bowl.
  • 1 sealable container.
  • 1 wooden spoon.

Ingredients Required:

  • 12 oz. ground beef (340g).
  • 1/2 cup of Traverse Bay Farms Dried Cherries
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 shredded medium onion.
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper (6g).
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (6g).
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (30g).

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the large mixing bowl and stir well with the wooden spoon.
  2. Once all the ingredients are fully mixed into the ground beef, form four patties on the chopping board.
  3. Place all four patties in the sealable container and refrigerate until you are ready for the cookout.
  4. When it’s time for the cookout, remove the healthy hamburgers from the refrigerator. If you are attending a cookout, simply bring the sealed container with you and then cook them directly on the grill when you get there. If you are hosting a cookout, simply cook them directly on your own grill.
  5. To keep the hamburgers healthy and low in calories, don’t eat them with bread, cheese or condiments. Instead, enjoy them with a portion of any of the healthy salads discussed earlier in this cookbook.

Calories:

  • 1,248 calories total.
  • 312 calories per serving.

3. Healthy Lamb Burgers

Lamb burgers are a great alternative to hamburgers. The soft, tender texture of lamb meat ensures that these burgers are super tasty and with the recipe below you can keep them super healthy too.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 chopping board.
  • 1 large mixing bowl.
  • 1 sealable container.
  • 1 wooden spoon.

Ingredients Required:

  • 12 oz. ground lamb (340g).
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1/2 cup of Traverse Bay Farms Dried Cherries
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper (6g).
  • 1 teaspoon of mint sauce (5ml).
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (6g).
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (30g).

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the large mixing bowl and stir well with the wooden spoon.
  2. Once all the ingredients are fully mixed into the ground lamb, form four patties on the chopping board.
  3. Place all four patties in the sealable container and refrigerate until you are ready for the cookout.
  4. When it’s time for the cookout, remove the healthy lamb burgers from the refrigerator. If you are attending a cookout, simply bring the sealed container with you and then cook them directly on the grill when you get there. If you are hosting a cookout, simply cook them directly on your own grill.
  5. To keep the lamb burgers healthy and low in calories, don’t eat them with bread, cheese or condiments. Instead, enjoy them with a portion of any of the healthy salads discussed earlier in this cookbook.

Calories:

  • 1,240 calories total.
  • 310 calories per serving.

4. Healthy Salmon Burgers

Salmon burgers are a rarity at cookouts. However, by preparing some of these healthy salmon burgers you can fill up on healthy, natural fats while enjoying a unique cookout burger at the same time.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 blender.
  • 1 chopping board.
  • 1 sealable container.

Ingredients Required:

  • 12 oz. finely chopped salmon (340g).
  • 1/2 cup of Traverse Bay Farms Dried Cherries
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 medium onion.
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil (1g).
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme (1g).
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (5ml).
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice (5ml).
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (30g).

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until everything is combined but not completely puréed.
  2. Remove the mixture from the blender and form four patties on the chopping board.
  3. Place all four patties in the sealable container and refrigerate until you are ready for the cookout.
  4. When it’s time for the cookout, remove the healthy salmon burgers from the refrigerator. If you are attending a cookout, simply bring the sealed container with you and then cook them directly on the grill when you get there. If you are hosting a cookout, simply cook them directly on your own grill.
  5. When you take off these burgers from the grill, gently place a small handful of Dried Cherries directly top of the burger.
  6. To keep the salmon burgers healthy and low in calories, don’t eat them with bread, cheese or condiments. Instead, enjoy them with a portion of any of the healthy salads discussed earlier in this cookbook.

Calories:

  • 1,060 calories total.
  • 265 calories per serving.

5. Healthy Vegetable Burgers

If you’re a vegetarian or simply not a fan of meat or fish, these healthy vegetable burgers will do the trick. They’re absolutely packed with nutrients and they’re also the lightest burgers on this list.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 chopping board.
  • 1 frying pan.
  • 1 large mixing bowl.
  • 1 sealable container.
  • 1 wooden spoon.

Ingredients Required:

  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic.
  • 1 shredded small carrot.
  • 1/2 cup of Traverse Bay Farms Dried Cherries
  • 1 shredded small onion.
  • 1 shredded small summer squash.
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (15ml).
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (15ml).
  • 1/4 cup of porridge oats (39g).
  • 0.5 oz. cheddar cheese (15g).
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (30g).

Instructions:

  1. Add the extra virgin olive oil, carrot, garlic, onion and summer squash to the frying pan, place it on the hob on a medium heat and fry for 5 minutes.
  2. After 5 minutes, take the frying pan off the hob and pour the ingredients into the large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the cheddar cheese, egg, oats and soy sauce to the large mixing bowl and stir well with the wooden spoon.
  4. Once all the ingredients are fully mixed, form four patties on the chopping board.
  5. Coat each patty with the whole-wheat breadcrumbs, place all four in the sealable container and refrigerate until you are ready for the cookout.
  6. When it’s time for the cookout, remove the healthy vegetable burgers from the refrigerator. If you are attending a cookout, simply bring the sealed container with you and then cook them directly on the grill when you get there. If you are hosting a cookout, simply cook them directly on your own grill.
  7. To keep the vegetable burgers healthy and low in calories, don’t eat them with bread, cheese or condiments. Instead, enjoy them with a portion of any of the healthy salads discussed earlier in this cookbook.

Calories:

  • 800 calories total.
  • 200 calories per serving.
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