There's nothing quite like biting into a juicy burger just dripping with all the fixings. There's also nothing quite like getting a lecture from your doctor after your cholesterol levels soar past the 200 mark. Saturated fat in foods like red meat can wreck anyone's plan for a healthy diet, but it's so tough to give up one of summer's most enjoyable treats.
That's why we put FoodFit Chef Bonnie Moore to the test and charged her with developing All-American burger recipes that were over-the-top in flavor, but not in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Our Classic Burgers with Red Onion and Horseradish are just what you've been cravinga tender, melt-in-your-mouth burger that satisfies your taste buds as well as your healthy diet. Turkey burger devotees will savor our satisfying Grilled Turkey Burgers with Corn and Tomato Relish. And nothing's fishy about our Salmon Burgers with Dill Mustard. These hearty sandwiches are perfect for fish lovers and the dill mustard is tangy enough to balance the richness of the salmon.
If you're looking for a departure from the average burger, our Buffalo Burgers with Onion Relish and Gorgonzola fit the bill. Buffalo meat is naturally low in fat and the Gorgonzola cheese provides just the right amount of tang for more adventurous palates.
For those who prefer a meat-free cookout, we have super tasty recipes for juicy burgers that will make your meat-loving neighbors mouths' water. The Four Seasons Vegetable Burgers from Steven Raichlen get their beefy hue from fresh beets and at 80 calories a pop, these burgers will actually help you fit into your bikini. If you like falafel, you'll love Steven's Chickpea Burgers. They have a healthy dose of garlic and are as hearty as veggie burgers get.
All the Fixings
Of course you'll need the various accompaniments to go with your burgers, whether they're meaty or not. Our Old-Fashioned Potato Salad should be on everyone's must-have list for picnics and barbecues. With grainy mustard and the crunch of pickles (sweet or dill, it's up to you), this recipe is sure to become a summer staple. Another one to add to your summer recipe collection is Marinated Coleslaw. The tang and crunch of this classic is always the perfect companion to savory burgers and other grilled fare.
Corn on the cob is requisite barbecue food and we have one heck of a way to enjoy it. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle and Lime Juice is sensational, with a citrusy pucker blended with the fire of chipotle pepper oil. If you like your corn on the more traditional side, just grill for about eight minutes, lightly salt and get ready to dig in.
When your guests want something to crunch, they'll be looking for a bag of potato chips, but don't just give them any old chips. Our Potato Chips without Hips made with the "bake-fried" technique are super crunchy without all the fat and calories of regular chips. You can get the same effect with Tortilla Chips without Hips and even get a little funky with Cinnamon Chips with Fruit Salsa. For the healthiest crunch, go for our reliable Relish Tray. It requires very little prep time and is the perfect thing when guests decide to just drop by.
Frances Largeman, RD
Relish your summer with these mouth-watering recipes!
Classic Burgers with Red Onion and Horseradish
Grilled Turkey Burgers with Corn and Tomato Relish
Salmon Burgers with Dill Mustard
Buffalo Burgers with Onion Relish and Gorgonzola
Four Seasons Vegetable Burgers
Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle and Lime Juice
Potato Chips without Hips
Tortilla Chips without Hips
Cinnamon Chips with Fruit Salsa