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Healthy Burger Alternatives for Summer Grilling

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Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 11:05 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When Flint Lockwood's invention goes sky high and it starts raining hamburgers (buns and all) in the animated movie "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," it was clearly time for him to contemplate building a better burger-making machine.

This summer, tens of millions of backyard chefs will cook up their own versions of the perfect grilled meal, and 84 percent of the time, that means burgers.

So there's no time like the present to come up with a better burger — one that cuts down on the health hazards of a carnitine and saturated-fat-laden, inflammation-producing, over-charred beef patty, but still delivers all the flavor and fun.

So here are three burger ideas that dish up great taste and improved nutrition.

Flip No. 1: The turkey-lentil burger. Combine cooked lentils, ground turkey (about 40 to 60), diced onions, hot sauce, and/or Dijon mustard and pepper. Black beans work, too! Top with homemade ketchup (no sugar or high fructose corn syrup; just whole tomatoes, a dash of honey and vinegar, salt, pepper; simmer until thick.)

Flip No. 2: The homemade veggie burger. Try a ground mixture of well-seasoned, roasted veggies (zucchini, sweet potatoes, onions, etc.), canned beans, and shredded, chopped greens formed into patties. Or try a grilled portabella mushroom topped with a patty made from a pre-cooked mixture of quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, cubed tofu, scallions, thyme, and hot sauce.

Flip No. 3: The buffalo burger. Gotta have red meat? Opt for grass-fed (no corn in a feed lot!), hormone-free, 90 to 97 percent lean buffalo, with sliced tomato and avocado.

Now your summer will be "Clear with a Chance of Better Health"!

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