How to have a healthy burger

How to have a healthy burger

By Bethan Townsend

National Burger Day is 27 August – who are we to deny such a time-honoured tradition? It’s hard to beat a good, traditional burger, but it’s not exactly the healthiest of snacks. If you’re thinking of chowing down on some burgers here are a few quick tips for making it a little healthier:

Slimmed Down Bun

Burgers without buns can be found up and down the country as a healthy gluten free option but if you do fancy a bun consider a healthier alternative. Swap your white sesame bun for a seeded whole wheat alternative or even English muffins. Not only are you chopping the calories almost in half, you’re adding essential fibres, which is never a bad thing.

Make it at home

The patty is the heart of your burger and though there are many tasty premade options on the market you’re filling yourself up with unnecessary additives and stabilisers. Your standard burger patty weighs around 6oz and packs around 460 calories. Swap it for a homemade alternative, using tasty lean steak mince, onions and seasoning and you’ll see the calories fall and the flavour boosted.

Tasty Healthy Toppings

Reaching for the mayo or mustard is your next move after your patties read but once again, it’s time to think about the calories. Slathering your patty in thick, creamy sauces may taste great but these calories are mainly fat, salt sugars and additives. Instead roast up a range of fresh, juicy vegetables. Completely natural and packed full of flavour veggie toppings are guaranteed to keep you satisfied.

Those Additional Extras

No, we didn’t forget the cheese but rather than adding it to your burger, why not have a garnish of goat’s cheese salad? You get the same cheesy flavour without the fatty calories. Similarly, dips such as guacamole and tzatziki are fresh, light alternatives to your thick creamy dips. Roast up some sweet potato wedges instead of chips to finish and you’ve got a healthy burger meal to be proud of. 

Comments

craig t.
31 August 2014

craig t.

Bbq weather on the way next week!! And you really don't have to worry about burgers being unhealthy if you don't have them that often, imo.

craig t.
31 August 2014

craig t.

Bbq weather on the way next week!! And you really don't have to worry about burgers being unhealthy if you don't have them that often, imo.

Sasha B.
31 August 2014

Sasha B.

What about veggie or quorn burgers? Plenty of vitamins and not so much fat.

Sarah L.
28 August 2014

Sarah L.

I'm just hoping we get more barbecue weather to try out these ideas. Roast veg - yum!

Clare R.
27 August 2014

Clare R.

is there something 'bad' about barbecue sauce? I think tomato-based toppings are healthy, all that lycopeine!

Frank H.
26 August 2014

Frank H.

We often swap out the meat altogether and have mushroom & falafel burgers. I suppose we're losing out on the protein there though. Not sure I could cope with a burger without a decent slug of barbecue sauce on top - perhaps we need a healthy alternative for that?

Roger B.
26 August 2014

Roger B.

interesting to note the size of a standard burger compared with the recommended amount of red meat we should be eating - looks to be way too much. How about a smaller burger and a lot more veg?

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