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Build a Better Burger: 10 Healthy Burger Recipes

The burger is getting a summer makeover, just in time for your next backyard bash. We've added creative toppings and fresh veggies to the usual between-the-bun basics that will taste anything but boring. All that's missing? Extra fat and calories -- making these our best bikini-approved, healthiest burgers ever!

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Chicken Parm Burgers

Made with Italian seasonings, marinara sauce, and provolone cheese and stuffed with zucchini, this healthy burger offers comfort food flavors without the guilt -- or time in the kitchen!

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Black Bean Nacho Burgers

Perfect for any summer fiesta, this flavor-packed veggie burger is better than a trip to your favorite Mexican joint. Packed with salsa, cheese, and tortillas, even the most die-hard carnivores won't miss the meat.

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Skillet-Seared Chickpea Burgers

Chickpeas, bulgur, and veggies keep this meatless patty healthy, while the cumin and cayenne keep things interesting. Serve in a pita with our zesty yogurt sauce for a falafel feel.

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Perfect Summer Burgers

You could easily substitute chicken or turkey for the beef in this recipe, made moist and flavorful with red peppers, carrots, and onion.

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California Turkey Burger

Dry, flavorless turkey burgers are a thing of the past with the addition of creamy yogurt and zesty Worcestershire sauce. Add farm-fresh tomato and avocado for a West Coast vibe.

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Grilled Lamb and Bulgur Burgers

Earthy flavors like thyme and coriander balance the lamb in this Mediterranean-inspired recipe, which is perfect topped with crisp cucumber and our tangy, tzatziki-like sauce.

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Hoisin Burgers with Asian Slaw

Soy sauce and sesame seeds make this bun-filler an international delight. Make the cabbage slaw in advance and layer with cucumbers for a perfect crunch.

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The Ultimate Burger

This is it: the classic, no-frills burger you've been longing for. Made with minimal seasonings and one secret ingredient, this may become your go-to summer favorite.

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Onion-Turkey Joes

Stop stressing about your turkey burgers falling apart by making these super simple Sloppy Joes, which rely on steak sauce for its kick of flavor. Ready in less than 15 minutes, this recipe is perfect for last-minute company.

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Pulled Chicken Sliders

Healthier than pulled pork, these BBQ sliders are a cinch to make in your slow cooker so you won't break a sweat in the kitchen. We love the soy-ginger flavor of the chicken paired with sweet rolls for a perfectly balanced bite.
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, July 2013.

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