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Healthy Burger Recipes

Updated on March 23, 2010

South of the Border Taco Burgers

1 pound ground sirloin or ground round

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano

cayenne pepper, to your taste

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or 20 grinds of the pepper mill

1/2 cup tomato sauce

4 slices-2% fat monterey jack cheese

4 hamburger buns

4 Tablespoons salsa

In a large bowl, mix the ground meat with the chopped onion, paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir in tomato sauce and shape into 4 patties.

Broil for about 5 minutes on each side, longer for well done.

Take burgers out of the broiler when done. Lay 1 slice cheese on each burger. Put back under broiler until cheese melts. (It won't take long so don't walk away.)

Place burgers on buns. Top with salsa.

Florida Red Snapper Burgers

You will need a food processor to make these burgers. Makes 6.


1 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets, fresh or frozen, thawed

1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1 garlic clove

2 teaspoons jerk seasoning (chilies, thyme, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and  onions.)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/2 small onion

1/3 cup bread crumbs

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro

1 slice lettuce per burger

1 slice fresh pineapple per burger

In a large bowl combine egg, onion, bread crumbs, cilantro, jerk seasoning, garlic and salt.

In your food processor, grind red snapper until finely chopped. Add to mixture in bowl. After mixing well, make 6 burgers.

Use a grill pan or griddle to cook burgers. Cook about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with lettuce and a slice of fresh pineapple on a Kaiser roll.

Pizza Slider Turkey Burgers

Sliders are mini-burgers about the size of small dinner rolls. We used to buy these sized burgers at White Castle and Crystal Burger.

1 lb. ground turkey breast, shaped into 8 patties

1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup marinara sauce


8 baby slider buns or 8 small dinner rolls (Pepperidge Farms makes slider buns)

Broil or grill turkey patties for 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked. Add sauce on top and cheese until melted. Top with a slice of lettuce.


1 medium onion chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tablespoon basil

1 Tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1 teaspoon sugar

4 shakes red pepper flakes

Heat a large skillet and add 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Saute the onion, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme and bay leaf until onion is softened. Add the tomatoes and paste. Mix well. Cook on low heat about 30 minutes. Add sugar. Shake in the red pepper flakes.


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      judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you Izzie. I hope your assignment was a success!

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      Izzie 6 years ago

      thanks so much for your great Florida Red Snapper Burger recipe, I'm using it in my cooking assignment! thanks for posting!

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      judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks. Hope that you try these soon.

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      Kamran100 6 years ago

      yummy...great recipes..looking very delicious. nice hub!

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks so much. I have enjoyed your recipes as well.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      While I was here....just had to say fantastic recipes - I love fish burgers and now I'm getting hungry for one! Thanks for the great recipes.

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      judydianne 8 years ago

      playathome, you can use small dinner rolls. Thank you for the comments.

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      Playathome2 8 years ago

      I love the slider idea, but where can you locte those mini buns? I have looked at my local market and walmart. NO go

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Harper, thank you so much. I think you will like this burger.

      Please stop by again.

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      HarperSmith 8 years ago

      Just what I need health burgers. The South of the Border Taco Burgers sounds fantastic.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Sounds great, Larry! Let know how you like them!

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Judy, Judy, Judy....What am I going to do with you...Now I have to make ALL of these delicious burgers...I'm a BBQ guy and love burgers ( my friends call me the mad chef of the BBQ ) now I have some alternatives to my standard ( and much cherished ) BlueBurgers...Thank you, dear one...Larry

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I do! I will write a hub about wild rice tomorrow, Blu Ink.

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      Blu Ink 8 years ago

      Wow these sound delicious. Do you have any recipes for wild rice?

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, everyone for the nice comments!

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      The Steve 8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      All of these look good! :)

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      The Red Snapper is new to me. It looks awesome!

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      mmmmm they all sound delicious, but I have to agree with Rob that the Red Snapper Burger looks very tasty!


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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Rob, that burger is my favorite! I've also made it with salmon and it's just as good! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rob Dee 8 years ago from Florida

      Yummy! The Red Snapper Burger sounds good.....