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Healthy Memorial Day Burger Ideas Straight From a Chef

It's burger season!
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This Memorial Day we have so many reasons to celebrate. Thankfully we can once again resume gathering with friends and family over good food and plenty of cheer. Nothing kicks off summer like a delicious burger, complete with all the toppings! And while I have nothing but love for a juicy beef burger, it's nice to switch things up a little and lean into the abundance of produce the season has to offer. These three healthy Memorial Day burger recipes will change the way you think about burgers. The addition of veggies inside and on top adds flavor, texture, and moisture. But no burger is complete without condiments and these all have unique combos that go way beyond ketchup and pickles!

They're so easy to make and even better when you make them ahead. I like to freeze them so I have them on hand all summer long. Making your own patties is not only healthier because you're in control of what you put in them, but they're also more affordable since convenience foods can really add up. Ultimately, these burgers bring home the flavor and that's what really counts. So no matter how you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, take the time to surround yourself with delicious, wholesome food that you can indulge in and feel good about starting with these bountiful burgers!

After, be sure to check out our list of our other 60 Best Healthy Memorial Day Recipes!

Beef & Shroom Burger with Grilled Vidalias & Buffalo Blue Cheese

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Claudia Sidoti/ Eat This, Not That!

Looking for a way to eat more vegetables but still eat the foods you love, like a juicy burger? This beef and shroom burger recipe has you mixing together beef with different types of mushrooms, pulsed to perfection. The secret ingredients? Add in a little Worcestershire sauce and buffalo hot sauce for a savory and spicy kick to your usual burger! Top it with grilled Vidalia onions and buffalo blue cheese and any other fresh veggies you desire.

Get the recipe for our Beef & Shroom Burgers.

Quinoa, Green Chile & Cheddar Burgers with Southwest Broccoli Slaw

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Claudia Sidoti/ Eat This, Not That!

You don't have to endlessly browse the frozen food aisle for a vegetarian burger this summer when we have the perfect quinoa burger recipe right here! This quinoa burger is mixed with fresh vegetables, green chiles, chickpeas, egg, oats, and cheese, making for the ultimate cheesy and flavorful vegetarian burger that instantly rivals all the other burgers on the grill. Top this quinoa burger with a homemade southwestern broccoli slaw on a toasty bun, or enjoy it with a side salad for extra vegetable goodness!

Get the recipe for our Quinoa, Green Chile & Cheddar Burgers.

Honey Miso Salmon & Spinach Burgers with Watercress, Pickled Ginger & Cucumbers

salmon burger
Claudia Sidoti/ Eat This, Not That!

Between the savory fish, the sour pickles, and the sweet honey miso, your taste buds will be doing a little dance when you bite into this salmon and spinach burger. Top with pickled and fresh veggies on a toasted brioche bun, this salmon and spinach burger is going to be the hit of your summer backyard cookout.

Get our recipe for Honey Miso Salmon & Spinach Burgers.

For even more burger ideas, check out our list of 13+ Best Healthy Hamburger Recipes.

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Claudia Sidoti
Claudia Sidoti's deep connection with food began in her grandmother’s kitchen and landed her in the kitchens of Food Network as the Test Kitchen Director. Read more about Claudia