Build a better burger.
“To have a more healthful pregame party, you don’t even have to abandon the burger,” says Dulan. We think that’s great news, since tailgating often becomes one giant burger waft, making it tough to resist a juicy patty hot off the grill. Just make sure to buy lean or extra-lean ground beef. Dulan likes Laura’s Lean Ground Sirloin, which is 96 percent fat free and has 140 calories, 24 grams of protein, and 4.5 grams of fat per 4-ounce serving. Experiment by mixing diced garlic, onions, chili powder, and different herbs in with your patties, and serve them on whole-wheat buns instead of white buns for added fiber. As for burger size, “don’t go bigger than one-third pound,” Dulan says. And while sliders might sound like a good way to eat less meat, they definitely won’t be if you eat two or three mini burgers – with a bun on each – which winds up being more calories than one regular-size burger.Back to top