The classic picture of a burger goes a little like this: warm bun, lettuce and tomato, cheese, and a juicy, greasy beef patty (or something along those lines). While I love a classic burger every so often, that same formula can taste a little repetitive if you eat it too often. Plus, fatty ground beef (what the best burgers are made of) and cheese are both high in saturated fat, which is fine in small quantities but shouldn’t make up the bulk of your fat intake.
There are so many ways to switch up that classic burger formula, the easiest of which is swapping beef for a leaner meat or a hearty vegetarian patty. And the swap doesn’t have to mean cutting back on taste, despite any reservations you might have about a so-called burger with no beef. Switching up your burger can actually open you up to brand new toppings and flavor combinations.
Now, that’s not to say that you should never indulge in an old-school burger, or that red meat is inherently bad. There’s just so much more to a burger than beef, and these 12 creations are here to prove it.
1. Avocado Chicken Burgers
Avocado lovers, this one’s for you—cubes of avocado are mixed right in with the chicken to form these juicy patties.