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22 Insanely Delicious Burger Recipes for Summer

Nothing says summer like homemade burgers fresh off the grill.

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Turkey Burgers With Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Turkey Burger with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Both the turkey and the pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that our bodies use to produce serotonin and melatonin, which are key hormones that can help us snooze more soundly.

Get the burger recipe: Turkey Burger with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Lamb Burger

Extra-Juicy Moroccan Lamb Burger

Spiced lamb burgers are a delicious change from regular beef burgers, and the herbed feta topping makes these company-worthy.

Get the burger recipe: Extra-Juicy Moroccan Lamb Burger

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burger with avocado salsa

Beef Burger with Avocado Salsa

Topping this burger with avocado adds creaminess, and since it’s packed with monounsaturated fat, it can help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and keep blood glucose in check.

Get the burger recipe: Beef Burger with Avocado Salsa

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Turkey Burgers With Feta & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

These mouthwatering turkey burgers are a healthy summer BBQ hit.

Get the burger recipe: Turkey Burgers With Feta & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Beefed-Up Blue Cheese Burger

Mushrooms add fibre, protein and extra flavour to this Blue Cheese Burger.

Get the burger recipe: Beefed-Up Blue Cheese Burger

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herbed chicken burger

Herbed Chicken and Apple Burgers

This recipe will lighten up your burgers and add new flavour at the same time. First, use ground chicken instead of beef. Then, to boost the fibre and flavour, add grated apples, as well as fresh sage and thyme. Serve the burgers on whole-wheat buns spread with the sweet honey mustard sauce.

Get the burger recipe: Herbed Chicken and Apple Burgers

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mushroom burger

Knife and Fork Mushroom Burger

Eating this burger with a knife and fork means you’ll take more time to enjoy it. Button mushrooms promote immune function and are a good source of B2 and B3 vitamins. Plus, unlike a pan-fried meat burger, this bun-less option is low in saturated fat and high in fibre.

Get the burger recipe: Knife and Fork Mushroom Burger

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chicken burger with salsa

Chicken Burgers with Tropical Fruit Salsa

There’s no need to give up burgers just because you’re on a heart-smart diet. These juicy chicken burgers, topped with a Caribbean-inspired tropical fruit salsa, are absolutely delicious. Complete the meal with oven-baked chips.

Get the burger recipe: Chicken Burgers with Tropical Fruit Salsa

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lentil burgers

Greek Lentil Burgers

Need a quick, healthy meal? You can get these great lentil burgers on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Get the burger recipe: Greek Lentil Burgers

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bunless kiwi burger

Bunless Kiwi Burger

The so-called Kiwi burger is popular in New Zealand. It’s a beef burger topped with cheese, beets, pineapple, onion, tomato, lettuce and a fried egg. This healthier version is bunless, uses chicken, and skips the fried egg.

Get the burger recipe: Bunless Kiwi Burger

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thai turkey burger

Thai Turkey Burger

Looking for a healthier homemade burger recipe? Learn the secret for cooking up flavourful Thai-inspired turkey burgers with zesty peanut sauce. This is one burger that’ll make everyone flip!

Get the burger recipe: Thai Turkey Burger

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bison burger

Bison Burgers with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Bring variety to burger night with these tasty burgers made with ground bison.

Get the burger recipe: Bison Burgers with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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pork apple burgers

Pork and Apple Burgers with Chili Sauce

This lighter version, made with lean ground pork, apples and scallions is just as flavourful. Spread with a little sweet chili sauce for a spicy kick.

Get the burger recipe: Pork and Apple Burgers with Chili Sauce

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Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Oven-baked sweet potato fries make a tasty (and healthy) accompaniment to homemade turkey burgers.

Get the burger recipe: Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

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turkey burger

Open Faced Asian Turkey Burgers

Instead of regular soy sauce, use tamari sauce in this recipe. It has a smoother flavour (and contains little or no wheat). You’ll find it in most grocery and health food stores.

Get the burger recipe: Open Faced Asian Turkey Burgers

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vegan black bean burgers

Black Bean and Quinoa Vegan Burgers

Enjoy this healthy vegan black bean burger recipe created by holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy

Get the burger recipe: Black Bean and Quinoa Vegan Burgers

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Mouthwatering Lamb Burgers with Fruity Relish

Lamb Burgers with Fruity Relish

The advantage of making your own burgers is that you know exactly what’s in them. These lamb burgers look and taste better than the fast-food variety, while being a really healthy meal. A fruity relish of orange and raspberry adds a lovely fresh flavour.

Get the burger recipe: Lamb Burgers with Fruity Relish

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Grilled Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Boost your heart and brain health with the omega-3s in salmon.

Get the burger recipe: Grilled Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

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Mushroom and Beef Burgers

Swapping out half of the beef in these burgers for the ‘meaty’ consistency and taste of mushrooms results in a hefty calorie savings.

Get the burger recipe: Mushroom and Beef Burgers

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Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

While not technically a burger, this buffalo cauliflower sandwich will keep you just as satisfied.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

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The Ultimate Veggie Burger

A few simple ingredients make really tasty meat-free burgers. If you want to barbecue them, the best method is to cook the veggie burgers in advance and just heat them up over the coals, as this prevents them from sticking to the grill.

Get the burger recipe: The Ultimate Veggie Burger

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Grilled Chicken Bean Burgers with Tahini Slaw

Sandwich burgers with additional veggies, such as baby arugula and sliced tomato. For cheeseburgers, top burgers with thinly sliced Swiss or Cheddar cheese 1 minute before the end of grill time.

Get the burger recipe: Grilled Chicken Bean Burgers with Tahini Slaw

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