Build a Better Burger — One That Won’t Bust Your Diet

Are you grilling this weekend? An average cheeseburger packs 319 calories and 18-23 grams of fat. You can build yourself a better burger with these great swaps.

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Trade the White Bun for:

  • 100% whole wheat or whole grain bun
  • Portobello mushroom caps
  • Sturdy lettuce or cabbage leaves

Pick a Prime Patty:

  • Upgrade your beef to a 96% lean cut.
  • Swap beef for lean turkey.
  • Mix chopped veggies into your patty for some extra flavor and fiber.
  • Trade in your patty for a portobello mushroom cap or a veggie burger

Trim Down the Trimmings:

  • Choose full flavor but low-fat: mustard, ketchup, relish, and salsa pack as much flavor as mayo with much lower sodium, fat, and calories.
  • Load up on fresh veggies, like tomatoes, onion, and pickle slices.
  • Trade out full fat cheese for a low-fat variety or avocado slices.

By Ilise “Baker Babe” Reilly, manager of Lucille Roberts Jamaica.

Ilise "Baker Babe" Reilly

Ilise Reilly is the General Manager of Lucille Roberts Fifth Avenue, where she sees first hand the struggles and misconceptions members have with food and exercise. "Exercise burns calories, but if you don't change your eating habits, you will never lose weight!" is commonly heard in her discussions. A "foodie" herself, Ilise has been making over her favorite recipes for years, to make them more nutritional, and has used her love of both food and fitness to compile recipes the fuel the body. " Abs are made in the kitchen," she says, "and I want to help you get yours!"

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