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Five healthy burger toppings

Five healthy burger toppings

A burger doesn’t have to be draped in bacon or cheddar to be extra tasty. Our in-house food experts recommend the five healthy toppings shown below, and recommend trying them not just with beef, but also with veggie burgers as well as with ground turkey, bison, chicken, lamb, or fish. Those options often contain fewer calories and fat than beef.


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Mango chutney. For about 30 calories per tablespoon, you’ll add a flavorful kick to lamb burgers.

Kimchi. These Korean pickled vegetables add a fat-free, pungent kick, especially on beef and poultry burgers. (See our advice on what to look for in ground turkey.)

Fire-roasted red bell pepper. You’ll get a shot of vitamins A and C at less than 5 calories per tablespoon.

Chimichurri sauce. Its spicy blend of onion, garlic, parsley, vinegar, and olive oil wakes up any type of burger for just 50 calories a tablespoon.

Tzatziki sauce. You can buy this spicy yogurt sauce ready-made or DIY. It’s great on lamb burgers and is only 15 calories a tablespoon.

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in ShopSmart Magazine

–Ciara Rafferty

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