Burger Recipes: Healthier Grilling Season
If it’s summer, it must be burger time! If you’re not as excited about that since you started your weight loss journey, get ready to rejoice. Burger recipes are still on the menu when you’re on the Nutrisystem program. They’re even on the menu if you’re a vegetarian or just trying to cut back on meat.
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So get out the grill (or the broiling or sauté pan) and get ready to enjoy a burger-filled summer with these 10 tantalizing burger recipes :
This turkey burger goes Italian in the best possible way: With marinara sauce and melty, crispy mozzarella cheese. Think of it as turkey burger parm. It starts with a flavorful burger, spiced with red onion, garlic powder, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes and fresh basil, mixed with an egg, salt and pepper. You can grill the burgers (this recipe makes 5) or cook them in a pan on your stove top. When they’re done, simply dab on two tablespoons of marinara and a slice of mozzarella, pop them into the oven and heat until the cheese melts and get slightly crispy. Serve on a whole wheat bun and enjoy one of our delicious burger recipes you won’t regret!
Counts as: 2 PowerFuels and 1 SmartCarb.
Your family will know where the beef is, but they won’t know the whereabouts of the cheese till they take their first bite of this spicy beef burger. Made with grass-fed beef mixed with a delectable combination of Worcestershire sauce, japalpenos, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, this burger isn’t topped with cheese. . .the cheese is inside! You simply make thin patties, place two Tablespoons of shredded pepper jack or cheddar on top of one then place another on top of that, sealing the edges. Every bite is a treat.
Counts as: 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb, and 1 Extra.
You may give up buns forever once you bite into this crispy, juicy, flavorful mushroom beef burger topped with Swiss cheese… no wonder it’s one of our favorite burger recipes! The coolest thing about this sandwich, besides the crunchy “bun” of iceberg or romaine lettuce, is that the baby bella mushrooms are mixed up inside the grass-fed beef burger, along with sautéed onion and garlic, then flavored with sea salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
Counts as: 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
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Did you know that some of the most popular meatless burgers on the market today get their real beef feel with beets? You’re not going to believe how good this meatless burger tastes—and how juicy it is! The burger is made with brown or green lentils, onion, garlic, chopped walnuts, cooked beets, rolled oats, with “flax egg”—a combo of flaxseed meal and water that makes a gel after five minutes—and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon to add a surprising flavor. It’s slathered with a homemade goat cheese spread made with goat cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt and a little honey and served on a whole wheat sandwich thin.
Counts as: 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb and 1 Vegetable.
Now you can have one of your favorite appetizers without guilt. And you can have it for lunch or dinner! The recipe is simple: Saute lean ground turkey with diced onion, black pepper and garlic powder, add low-fat cheddar cheese and egg white, then scoop two tablespoons of the meat mixture into each of 10 egg roll wrappers. Seal the wrappers with water, brush with egg yolk, and bake for 25 minutes. Serve with ketchup.
Counts as: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra.
Serve this meatless burger as a vegetable side or you can add a PowerFuel like cheese and turn it into a flex lunch. They’re easy-peasy to make too. In a food processor, you just combine cooked sweet potato, carrot, and spinach, then stir in some corn, cumin and pepper. Form into patties and broil. In five minutes, they’re ready to serve!
Counts as: 1 SmartCarb. Make sure you make note in NuMi if you’ve also added a PowerFuel or two.
The edamame and the egg give this meatless burger a big hit of protein, which makes it extra filling. They’re added to quinoa, and spiced with garlic powder, cumin, coriander and pepper and topped with spicy sriacha, thick-sliced tomato, and wrapped in iceberg lettuce leaves.
Counts as: 1 SmartCarb and 1 PowerFuel.
Take advantage of summer’s bounty of off-the-vine tomatoes with this flavorful burger made from lean ground turkey, garlic powder, almond flour and pepper. You can broil or grill the burger, then top it with a slice of part-skim mozzarella, a slice of big juicy tomato and fresh basil leaves. Serve in a small whole wheat bun.
Counts as: 1 SmartCarb and 2 PowerFuels.
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Get a great big dose of health omega-3 fatty acids with this restaurant-worthy salmon burger topped with enough creamy (but no guilt) sauce spiced with chopped fresh dill and parsley that you get some with every tasty bite. The burger is made from uncooked salmon ground in a food processor then seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, cayenne and black pepper, then broiled. The sauce is a simple combo of reduced fat cream cheese, nonfat plain yogurt, lemon juice and herbs. It’s served on a whole wheat bun with arugula.
Counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra.
This garlic-spiced turkey burger get an island makeover with jerk sauce—generally a mix of hot peppers, garlic, and spices including nutmeg and allspice—and slices of pineapple. Served on a whole wheat bun, this burger may have you hearing the wind in the palms.
Counts as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb, and 1 Extra