Build a healthy veggie burger!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 27, 2010

Last night, I was super tired when I got home from work, and I didn’t want to spend more than 20 min in the kitchen in order to make dinner. Fortunately, I had MorningStar Veggie Burgers in my freezer, which made for a super delicious, healthy and filling meal! Veggie burgers can be made to be either very healthy, or pretty unhealthy. Below are my suggestions on how to build a healthy burger. Enjoy! 🙂

Ingredients

  • Veggie burger patty – I like MorningStar Tomato and Basil Pizza Burgers the best. But any veggie burger that has 100-120 calories per burger, 3g fiber or more, and 9g protein or more is a good choice.
  • Whole wheat burger buns – I like Orowheat 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns – each bun has 180 calories, 6g fiber and 9g protein!
  • Ketchup
  • Baby spinach – this is a much better alternative to lettuce. Spinach has more fiber and healthy antioxidants!
  • Tomato slices
  • Diced Red onion – a better alternative to white onion (again the red color has healthy antioxidants). I also think red onion has more flavor.
  • Sliced Red bell peppers (optional) – if you want to add a bit of extra fiber/veggies to your burger, red bell peppers are a great option – they have a great crunchy texture and fiber

Directions

  1. Cook burgers according to package directions (I like grilling them on the stovetop – you don’t need any oil or anything – just a nonstick skillet!)
  2. Toast buns, and build your burger! Burger bun, veggie burger patty, onion, tomato, spinach, peppers, ketchup, salt/pepper to taste.

Dinner is served in 20 min!

Btw – using the products above, each burger would have about 300-325 calories, at least 10g fiber and 18-20g protein!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristi Rimkus March 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I love those veggies burgers. I used to eat them all the time when I first started Weight Watchers. Simple and delicious!

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Lazaro March 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Those veggie burgers are actually pretty good. Thanks for the tips.

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Lisa March 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

That is a very reasonable number of calories for dinner, especially as a woman since we should be eating ~1,600 instead of ~2,000 calories a day.

I should get a package for emergency use.

Another thing you can do with veggie burgers is use them as a salad topping instead of chicken.

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