5 Better-For-You Burgers
Sure, you've had your fair share of burgers, but not quite like the way they're prepared in these five recipes. Subbing the beef for healthier alternatives such as lentils and black beans, these burgers ditch the meat but not the flavor.
Portobello Burgers with Roasted Peppers, Swiss, and Caramelized OnionsTransitioning to healthier eating is easier if you prepare familiar dishes with better ingredients. And protein- and potassium-rich portobello mushrooms topped with all the trimmings and sandwiched between multigrain English muffins are exactly that. This grilled "burger" will satisfy even the most devoted beef fans.
Wild-Mushroom Lentil Burgers Not only are lentils quick and easy to prepare, but they're also a great source of fiber. A study published in theArchives of Internal Medicineconfirmed that eating high-fiber foods like lentils can help stave off heart disease. Combined with shiitake mushrooms, cornmeal, and topped with roasted red peppers and goat cheese, this burger is another no-beef win.
Black Bean Burger Ok, so this recipe doesn't call for cheese, but it's packed with metabolism-boosting nutrients like omega-3s and monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) that are proven fat busters. Plus, black beans are higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, which makes them a practical (and tasty!) swap for meat.
Curry-Spiced Veggie Burger No cheese in this one either, but turmeric, a key curry ingredient, is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory and is believed to fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. And it includes antioxidant-rich walnuts and cholesterol- and sugar-lowering coriander. Did we mention that this one's ridicuously easy to make?
Mushroom and Chickpea Burger Pitas Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are rich in fiber and magnesium. Magnesium keeps your nerves and muscles toned, your bones strong, and your blood circulating steadily. Mix them in with ingredients like mushrooms, parsley, dill, and oats, and it'll be a long time before you go back to meat. Sprinkle with feta for a complete meatless Mediterranean meal.
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