Change to Making Healthier Burgers
Nearly all of us are concerned with eating healthier at some point in our lives and one of the classic all-time favorites that we all love to eat is a burger.
So how can we make eating burgers healthier?
There are a number of different ways to serve up a burger with all of them tasting pretty darn tasty, but which ones are the most popular; chicken, turkey or beef?
It is the amount of calories and the fat content that makes the most difference when you are trying to be healthy or watch your weight.
Fat and Calorie Comparison Based On 8 Ounce Portion
• Beef – 349 calories
• Chicken – 275 calories
• Turkey – 238 calories
• Beef – 17 grams
• Chicken – 6 grams
• Turkey – 4 grams
• Beef – 46 grams
• Chicken – 51 grams
• Turkey – 39 grams
If you take into account these 3 comparisons it is clear the see that the chicken and the turkey are the 2 that make for the healthiest burgers.
But it is not just the content of the burger, but also the way that you cook it that also makes a big difference to the amount of fat and calories.
If you grill or broil them, this means that a lot of the fat drips away hence why BBQ’s are so popular.
You can also try adding crumbled tofu to the meat mixture as when you are using extra lean beef it can dry out as it doesn’t contain a lot of fat.
Adding the extra tofu will help it to stay moist.
Load Up On Veggies
If you pile your burger high with lettuce, onion, tomatoes, mushrooms etc they are going to help you fill up meaning that you will eat less meat but still get a nice variety of flavors in your burger.
The bun can also be the thing that adds a lot of calories to your burger.
If you can eat a whole wheat bun rather than a white one, this is going to reduce your risk of heart disease by 20% as well as providing you with a lot more fiber and generally being healthier for you.
If you are being really good you should try and have a lettuce wrap rather than a bread bun and this will greatly reduce the amount of carbs you are eating.
Be careful when it comes to your dressings as these can be extremely calorific and also deceiving.
Whilst low calorie mayonnaise and other dressings contain less calories, they also contain other ingredients that are not found in real mayo.
A lot of these will contain “modified” corn starch, lime peel for thickeners and phosphoric acid.
It is worth considering the fact that there is very little calorie difference between light mayo and normal may, so you may be better off just going for the normal mayo as it is made from natural ingredients.
If you are being really healthy you can purchase Canola Oil mayonnaise as it has 0 saturated fat as well as fat free dressings such as Thousand Island.
Healthy Cheese Choices
If you are going to add cheese to your burger make sure it is skim cheese so that the fat content is lowered.