It’s officially backyard BBQ season, but we don’t have to compromise our eating habits to have a good time. To kick off this festive weekend I’ve rounded up some of the best homemade burgers I could find. Each of these burgers are made with whole-food ingredients and are beaming with all the right summer flavors. Everything from traditional beef burgers, to salmon or turkey and even simple, delicious veggies burgers. No matter your preference, you’re sure to find a mouthwatering burger in this mix. So grab a refreshing beverage and find your favorite patty to grill up this weekend. Happy 4th of July!
Meal Prep Tips
- Make the patties ahead of time and save yourself some day-of stress. Ground beef, turkey and seafood burgers will hold for 1-2 days in the fridge. Veggie burgers will hold for 3-4 days.
- Form the perfect patty with this burger press. It will ensure each burger is cooked evenly throughout.
- If you do choose to make the burgers day-of, separate them with parchment paper and pop them into the freezer for about 5 minutes before grilling. This will help the patties keep their form and stay extra juicy.
If you’re like me and outdoor space is limited, you can easily make these burgers right in the kitchen. I like to use my cast iron skillet or grill pan to get a good sear and crisp up the outside edge of the burger. Then, I finish cooking the patties in the oven at about 400 degrees until cooked through.
Beef + Lamb Burgers
Healthy Hummus Burgers – Abbey Sharp, RD of Abbey’s Kitchen
Italian Meatloaf Hamburgers – Regan Jones, RD of Healthy Aperture
Cheesy Beef and Black Bean Burgers – Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD of Janice Cooks
Lamb Sliders with Herbed Greek Yogurt Sauce – Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Island Turkey Burgers with Jalapeno Guacamole – Jamie Vespa, RD of Dishing Out Health
Walnut Pesto Turkey Burgers – Kelli Shallal, RD of Hungry Hobby
Greek Turkey Burgers – Ann Dunaway Teh, MS, RD of My Menu Pal
California Turkey Burgers — Erica Julson, RD of Erica Julson Nutrition
Bring this side dish to your next backyard BBQ
Salmon + Tuna Burgers
Grilled Fresh Salmon Burgers – Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN of Nutritioulicious
Crispy Tuna Veggie Sliders – Sarah Schlichter of Bucket List Tummy
Salmon Quinoa Burgers – Kaleigh McMordie, RDN of The Lively Table
Not grilling burgers? No prob.
Hawaiian Veggie Burgers – Alexandra Caspero Lenz, RD of Delish Knowledge
Pepper, Kale and Quinoa Burgers – Lauren Harris-Pincus of Nutrition Starring YOU
Farro and White Bean Veggie Burgers – Sharon Palmer, RDN of Plant-Powered Dietitian
Meatless Monday Veggie Burgers – Nazima Qureshi, RD 0f Nutrition by Nazima
Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burgers with “Blue Cheese” Dressing – Kara Lydon, RD, LDN of The Foodie Dietitian
Speaking of veggies. Do you get enough produce on your plate? Try these tips for incorporating more veggies at each meal