When you think BBQ, I’m sure the image of a big, juicy hamburger pops into your head. However, this traditional cookout staple has the potential to pack on the pounds and sabotage any diet. Lighten up and slim down your summer meals with these tips to make your hamburger healthier!
1. Top It Off Smart
Skip the cheese and bacon! Instead add lettuce, arugula, tomato, onion – the more veggies the better!
2. Think Outside the Bun
Instead of a traditional hamburger bun, use a whole-wheat English muffin or Arnold’s sandwich thins. You’ll save 121 calories and get an extra 2 grams of fiber!
3. Make Your Own
If you have the time, make your own burgers instead of the pre-packaged patties. Use lean ground beef (5% fat) and you can save up to 350 calories.
4. Go Veggie
Grill a piece of meaty Portobello mushroom for a great vegetarian alternative. Marinate it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for added flavor without the extra calories.
5. Scoop It Out
…The bun that is! You’ll cut about 60 calories from just scooping out the bun alone, or nix it all together!
6. Choose Condiments Wisely
Don’t smother your burger with condiments like ketchup and mayo. Opt for lighter, healthier options like avocado/guacamole and hummus.
7. Mix Up Your Meat
Traditional hamburgers are made from beef, but other great options are ground chicken and turkey burgers! They’re less in fat, calories, and are just as tasty.
8. Use (Portion) Control
If you don’t want skimp on your burger experience, just use portion control. Cut your hamburger in half and you can save about 200 calories! (Save the other half for later)