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Heart Healthy Hamburger Patties

Here are a few ways to serve a heart healthy hamburger that more than make up for the lack of fat and sodium with creative toppings and flavorful ingredients. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables as toppings, but reconsider adding fatty toppings, such as full-fat cheese, dressings or mayo. Those ingredients could wreck a heart healthy meal.

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground lean turkey

1/2 lb pound 90/10 ground beef

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Using a mix of lean beef and turkey makes a delicious burger lower in cholesterol and fat than a traditional burger, but it maintains a great flavor.

Mix turkey and beef together in a large bowl. Season with freshly ground pepper. Make into 4 burger patties. Grill over medium fire until cooked through. Serves 4

Crispy Garden Burger
4 heart healthy hamburger patties (see recipe)

4 whole wheat hamburger buns

4 tsp mustard

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices tomato

4 thin slices red onion

1/2 small cucumber, sliced small

Spread 1 teaspoon mustard on the top of each bun. Top with patties, then add lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber on the top of the patty.

Nutrition Info Served Together: Cals 337, Total Fat 13g, Sat Fat 4.6g, Chol 82mg, Sodium 378mg, Fiber 8g, Carbs 28g, Pro 33g

 

 


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Grilled Harvest Burger
4 heart healthy hamburger patties (see recipe)

1 onion, grilled and sliced

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 whole wheat hamburger buns or whole wheat sandwich thins

1 red bell pepper, grilled (or roasted red bell pepper), sliced

8 large fresh spinach leaves

4 slices tomato

Sprinkle balsamic vinegar on warm grilled onions and let sit to marinade. Place hamburger patty on a bun, stack with grilled onion slices, bell pepper slices, fresh spinach leaves and tomatoes.

Nutrition Info Served Together: Cals 320, Total Fat 12g, Sat Fat 4.3g, Chol 89mg, Sodium 254mg, Fiber 7g, Carbs 28g, Pro 31g

Southwest Hamburger
4 heart healthy hamburger patties (see recipe)

4 whole wheat hamburger buns or whole wheat sandwich thins

4 Tbsp low fat or fat free sour cream

4 slices red onion

1/2 avocado, sliced into 4 segments

4 Tbsp medium or mild salsa

2 Tbsp green onions, minced

2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced

Spoon sour cream on top of bun. Stack hamburger patty, red onion and avocado on top. Spoon salsa on top and sprinkle with green onions and cilantro. Place top bun on burger.

Nutrition Info Served Together: Cals 358, Total Fat 16g, Sat Fat 5g, Chol 91mg, Sodium 384mg, Fiber 8g, Carbs 29g, Pro 31g