Tag: cheeseburger

Lightened-Up Inside-Out Bacon Cheddar Burger

by in Grilling, Healthy Recipes, June 16, 2016

Ah, the juicy burgers of summer cookouts! They taste so good — but are so often huge fat and calorie bombs. The sad truth is that most homemade burgers have well over 800 calories. But it is possible to pack all that savory meaty flavor, oozing melting cheese, and yes, even bacon into a big, satisfying burger without blowing your dietary allotment for the entire day.

A typical homemade 6-ounce burger alone can easily pack 450 calories — and the bun, cheese and bacon will add another 400. And that’s without any sauce or mayo.

So we reconstructed the burger to pack in all that great decadent flavor with about half the calories and saturated fat.

Lightened-up burger tips:

  • Use 93% lean ground beef. This is the optimal point, at which the meat won’t dry out but is reasonably lean.
  • Swap regular mayo for a canola-based version to save 50 calories and 6 grams of fat per tablespoon.
  • Toss reduced-fat cheese with chopped bacon to get more smoky bacon flavor in every bite.
  • Think small when it comes to the bun: A smaller bun not only equals fewer calories but also makes your burger seem that much bigger!

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Katie's Healthy Bites: My Favorite Burgers

by in Uncategorized, June 28, 2009

Nothing beats sitting in my backyard and enjoying the warm summer air, the view of my garden and, of course, aromas from the grill. Burgers are a favorite at my house, but we tend to steer clear of your run-of-the-mill beef burger, which (though loaded with iron) contains a good amount of saturated fat and cholesterol.

We’re all about building better burgers, and believe me, there are a ton of tasty options beyond just beef. Did you know buffalo or bison meat has less cholesterol than chicken? Bison burgers have just as much flavor as regular beef burgers and, best of all, they taste the same! Turkey burgers, salmon burgers and veggie burgers are also high on my list of non-beef options. Serve them up on a crispy English muffin topped with all your favorite fixins (hold the mayo), and you have a hearty burger for your next cookout.

Here are my tried-and-true bison, turkey and veggie burger recipes.

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Burgers, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, May 28, 2009

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Spring and summer are prime time for burgers — they’re so perfect for cookouts. Today is actually National Burger Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a few tips and recipes. Whether you like beef, poultry or veggies, there’s a patty out there for you. Here are some ways to build a lighter — but still yummy — sandwich.

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Chowing Down at the Ballpark

by in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, May 26, 2009

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Ballpark food isn’t just about hot dogs and Cracker Jacks any more. Whether it’s the little league field or one of those new pro stadiums, food options have exploded (and so have the calorie counts). Don’t strike out — try these tips.

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But I Just Want A Cheeseburger!?

by in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, March 19, 2009

I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but when the craving strikes, I won’t deprive myself. Here are a few ideas for ordering a dreamy burger while avoiding a calorie nightmare.

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