If you are looking for inspiring healthy recipes for burgers to make for grilling season or to mix up family burger night then check out this collection of healthy, juicy and delicious burgers! From vegetarian bean burgers, and hamburgers made with beef and mushroom to grain-free burger bowls!

Burger night doesn’t have to be the same old hamburger beef patty on a bun anymore! Check out the burgers below and try one of these recipes tonight!

turkey burger with fontina and maple pickled onions

Tips For Making The Best Healthy Burgers

  1. Blend veggies into your meat of choice for added nutrition and to bulk up serving size.
  2. Try plant based burger options instead of meat, such as homemade bean burgers or a meat alternative like Beyond Beef.
  3. Try cooking the burgers on the grill or oven without added fat to reduce the calories and fat.
  4. Skip the cheese and add flavorful lower calorie ingredients like herbs and spices and condiments such as pickled onions or homemade ketchup to boost the flavor of your burgers for less calories and saturated fat.
  5. Skip the high calorie and fat side dishes and serve your burger with healthier side dishes such as Healthy Coleslaw or Baked Oven Fries. Try with Baked Sweet Potatoes instead or baked russets for more vitamins and nutrients. We have more healthy side dishes ideas below!

Fore more tips and great recipes check out these 12 healthy burger recipes below!

Healthy Side Dishes To Serve With Burgers

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve with these healthy burger recipes are classic cookout side dishes. Here are a few ideas. You can search all our side dishes here.

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turkey burger with fontina and maple pickled onions

12 Healthy Burger Recipes

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  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Burgers and 1 cup onions 1x


If you are looking for inspiring burger recipes, then check out this collection of healthy, juicy and delicious burgers! Our easy grilled Healthy Turkey Burger with Fontina and Maple Pickled Onions comes from my cookbook: Maple, 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup {2015, Quirk Books.} Serve these burgers with oven fries for a delicious and healthy twist on burger night!  



1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup dark maple syrup

1 tablespoon pickling spice* see ingredient note

1 teaspoon salt, divided

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1 small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced, preferably with a mandolin

1 pound lean ground turkey meat

2 ounces shredded Fontina cheese, about 1/2 cup

4 burger buns, preferably whole-wheat, toasted if desired

4 leaves green leaf lettuce


  1. Stir vinegar, syrup, pickling spice, ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Place onion in a medium heat-proof bowl or measuring cup. Strain the hot vinegar mixture through a fine-mesh sieve over the onions, and toss with a fork. Discard the solids from the sieve. Let onions cool in the pickling liquid until room temperature, stirring every once in a while, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile preheat grill to medium-high heat. Form turkey into 4 thin patties. Sprinkle both sides with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Oil grill rack and immediately add burgers. Cook until cooked about half way, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn over, divide Fontina among the burgers and continue cooking until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce. Top with the onions.


*Ingredient note: Pickling spice is a blend of sweet and spicy whole dried spices used in pickles and many canning recipes. Blends vary by brand but they often include whole allspice berries, bay leaf and mustard seeds. Find pickling spice in the spice section of large supermarkets or the bulk section of health food stores.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger, 1/4 cup onion
  • Calories: 341
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 29 g