National Hamburger Day is May 28th, and grilling season is upon us which means you might be tempted to have a burger at your next cookout. We asked Kritikaa Agnani, a Gold’s Gym registered dietitian, to share all the juicy hamburger hacks you need for a healthier version of the classic summertime favorite.
Hamburgers can be high in calories and saturated fat. By swapping out ingredients or reducing the number of add-ons, you can make your burger a lot friendlier to your waistline and heart health without sacrificing flavor.
Four Hacks for a Healthy Burger:
- Swap out the beef for turkey: Replace a beef patty with ground turkey, which is lower in saturated fat. If you really want a beef patty, get beef that’s 93 percent lean.
- Load up on veggies: Ditch the bun and put your patty on a bed of greens for a burger salad. If you want to stay traditional, opt for a whole wheat bun instead of a white bun. Your blood sugar will thank you.
- Don’t be cheesy: Try cheeses that are low in saturated fat. Cheese is a high-calorie food that is relatively low in nutritional value.
- Use this and not that: Skip the bacon and try “tempeh bacon,” which is even more hearty!” says Aganani. Tempeh also has other benefits—it’s high in nutrients such as potassium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.