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The Better Burger

Grilling doesn’t have to be off-limits in a wholesome diet. With a few healthy guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to burger bliss.

Basic better burger

Our “bigger is better” mentality has resulted in many supersized foods, including giant hamburger patties, often piled high with bacon, cheese, and other flavorizers. Delicious? Yes. Nutritious? Not so much. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip burgers altogether.

With a few tweaks, you can rethink the old paradigm with an eye toward nutrition and sustainability. It might be as simple as making a smaller, better-seasoned burger, or bulking up your beef patty with vegetables, or skipping the beef altogether and using other proteins in its place. Salmon, poultry, beans, and vegetables are tasty, if unexpected, alternatives. These recipes offer a starting point for exploring your burger options.

is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.

Photos by: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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