The summertime is coming, and Fourth of July celebrations are sure to see us basking in the glory of the sunshine. Grilling is a perfect Fourth of July past time, and looking forward to a juicy burger hot off the grill often steals the show. I’m not one to be a party pooper – I know how important standing by the grill and drinking a beer is to some – so I won’t suggest ditching the burger completely. I will, however, suggest subbing your traditional burgers for one of these 5 healthy burgers for the Fourth of July. Options for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike round out this list, but theme is constant – save your calories for all the other treats present on the iconic Fourth of July spread.
Sun Dried Tomato Basil White Bean Burgers from Ari’s Menu. These burgers are perfect for the most sensitive eaters at your soiree. They are vegan and gluten free, and they don’t taste like cardboard – yay! Form them ahead of time and serve with a pesto sauce to give them an extra gourmet edge.
Bison Burgers with Cabernet Onions and Wisconsin Cheddar. As I’ve mentioned before, bison is an excellent alternative to beef – it’s leaner, tastier and generally more sustainably raised (depending on where you source your bison). These bison burgers will fancify any backyard BBQ.
Boursin Chicken Burgers with Leeks. I have to admit, this is really just an embellished chicken burger. Grill up a chicken breast, cover a whole wheat bun with Boursin (garlic and herb is my personal favorite) and add some fried leeks. Bacon is a nice touch, but takes away from the health factor.
Portobello Peach Burger. This burger is for adults only, it’s so fancy. Serve this if you’d like to take your Fourth of July party to the next level. You can also just look at the photos and recipes on Green Kitchen Stories.
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers. This wouldn’t be a healthy burger post without a beet burger. Protein, veggies, deliciousness, what’s not to love. Give this burger the same traditional treatment as your burgers are used to, the kids at the party might not even know the difference.
What’s your favorite Fourth of July burger? Let us know in the comments below!