Finding delicious yet healthy burger recipes isn’t as easy as it should be.
We’re not certain exactly when the humble burger stopped being defined as just a greasy stack of beef and cheese—or, as Los Angeles superchef Roy Choi calls it, “the head of the snake,” the snake being our historically awful American diet. But we’re glad as hell it happened and that the better-burger trend is spreading: Colorado’s Larkburger chain turns out sustainably sourced tuna burgers; fresh-meat mecca Umami Burger uses black beans, turkey, and ahi tuna; Choi and partner Daniel Patterson just opened L.A.’s Locol, with its insanely delicious, wildly inventive veggie version; even Carl’s Jr., which gave the world the Tex-Mex Bacon Thickburger, now offers a low-cal turkey option.
So, mid-revolution, we sought out some of America’s best chefs to help us assemble the ultimate at-home burgers, each with fresh ingredients, low-fat protein, and a healthier bun. (Whether you add fries is up to you.)
Best Healthy Burger Recipes From Top Chefs
1. Best Turkey Burger Recipe
Store-bought turkey burgers are notoriously dry, but our version adds grilled onion for flavor and texture, tomato for richness and moisture, a dou ble shot of umami with soy and Worcestershire for savoriness, and is served on a toasty English muffin. But don’t overcook. “Most people cook turkey way past the point of no return,” says Chris Siversen, chef and owner of Burg in Newark, NJ. “If using thigh meat, it stays a little pink naturally, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s undercooked.”
Get the full turkey burger recipe here.
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