A Better Burger (& Sides) Recipe Roundup!

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new, fun recipes to make and share with my friends when we get together for cook-outs or pot lucks. Summer BBQs are a prime opportunity to share your love of creative, delicious (and healthy), cooking! 

With that in mind, I decided there should be an awesome resource out there for all your summer BBQ recipe needs! I polled some of my fellow Registered Dietitians who like whip up healthy, AND oh-so-tasty creations in the kitchen. What follows are some of their best recipes to make your time at the grill, and with your friends and family, a lot more fun and delicious than just serving up those same old burgers, hot dogs, and potato salad every weekend.  

We've got you covered in the burgers (of the turkey, beef, and non-meat variety), and sides departments! Scroll through, check them out, try them out at your next party, and let us know how much everyone loves them (and you for making them!)!  

BURGERS

 

Beef Burgers:

 

Healthified Classic American Cheeseburger from Stacey Mattinson.

Portion size, beef quality, veggies & condiments can make or break a burger in the nutrition department. Stacey shows you how to choose the best of them! 

 

 

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Blended Portobello Hamburger from Triad To Wellness.

What kind of nutrition nerds would we be if we didn't try to hide veggies in a dish?! The best part about this is? You'd never know veggies were in there! In fact, there is research being done on college kids with this very ground beef blend concept to prove it!

 

 

Three Ingredient Healthy Hummus Burgers from Abbey’s Kitchen.

Not only do these look festive with all that color, but the hummus mixed in with the meat and on top makes these taste amazing! 

 

 

 

 

Turkey burgers:

 

My Greek Turkey Burgers with cool & creamy Tzatziki and grilled veggies are always a hit!

These burgers are pictured atop a bed of greens, but just add your favorite bun option to make it more of a traditional, hand-held burger!

 

 

 

Southwestern Turkey Burgers from Snacking in Sneakers.

Simple, straightforward, packed with flavor, with an amazing texture. Guacamole is NEVER a bad idea! 

 

 

 

 

California Turkey Burgers from Erica Julson.

Herbs, spices, veggies & cheese...yes please! And again...guacamole is NEVER a bad idea! 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers from Bucket List Tummy.

Sweet & Easy - two of my favorite words! If you choose to use super lean ground turkey breast (97-99% lean), you often end up with a pretty dry burger patty. However, the sweet potato mix-in keeps these burgers nice and moist! 

 

 

 

Meat-Free burgers:

 

Grilled Fresh Salmon Burgers from Nutrioulicious. 

You don't have to tell me twice to get my omega-3s in burger form! 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Veggie Burgers from Nutrition by Nazima:

Black beans, quinoa, AND lentils make this a completely satisfying form of complete protein...in non-meat form!  

 

 

 

 

Curried Beet & Quinoa Veggie Burgers from Byte Sized Nutrition. 

You know what? The color of the beets in this mixture could fool anyone into thinking you're eating the real (beefy) burger deal!  

 

 

 

Easy Bean Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns from Eat Real Live Well. 

This is just clever beyond clever for those of you looking for bun or gluten free alternatives. Also, tahini and Sriracha on a burger?! This is happening in my kitchen VERY soon!

 

 

 

Sides:

 

Try out this summer lime slaw recipe I reproduced from Hemsley & Hemsley. The color, refreshing flavor, and crunch are so irresistible, you can't help but go back for seconds! 

 

 

 

 

Or my flavorful Summer Lentil Vegetable Salad:

Mediterranean flavors come from sun-dried tomatoes, feta and olives in the salad and lots of oregano in the dressing. The satisfaction factor of this salad is bumped up even more by the fiber and protein rich lentils! 

 

 

 

Citrus Quinoa Salad from Amy Gorin:

Ok, prunes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're thinking salad toppings, but these are such an awesome sub for dried cranberries or other fruit in a salad! They lend a chewy texture and sweet flavor to the already diverse salad components that make this dish a party in your mouth! 

 

 

Grilled Zucchini with Mint, Lemon & Feta from Erica Julson:

These look gorgeous and are such a bright, zesty, simple, yet incredibly tasty dish to prepare for a big group in no time flat on the grill! Lemon, mint, and tangy feta are some of my favorite Summer flavors! 

 

 

 

Potato Lentil & Beet Salad from Triad To Wellness:

The color of this dish makes it extra festive and fun! The perfect way to update that boring white potato salad on your table.  

 

 

 

Guamamol-eggs! Guacamole + Eggs = Guacamol-eggs! No one will miss those mayonnaise-y items that look congealed and crusty after about 20 minutes in the sun! These guacamole filled egg halves will be gone well before the 20 minute time mark! Even if they do sit out longer, they'll still be safe and delectable enough to devour! 

 

 

Now, off with you to play with some new ingredients in the kitchen and enjoy your summer parties! I want to hear how it goes!

If you try any of these recipes, tag the appropriate recipe-creator on social media channels to show us your handiwork! I'm at @jeannereillyrd! 

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