Better for you burgers

Michele Borboa, MS

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Juicy and dripping with fat, classic burgers are a hefty load of calories. This Better for You Burger recipe showcases lean ground beef, smoky spices and whole wheat buns that will please the palate of the most avid burger lover. Try this healthy burger recipe tonight!

Healthy burger

Better for You Burger


  • 1 1/4 pounds extra lean beef Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Thin slices of Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Toppings of your choice


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together beef, salt and pepper, chipotle, green onions and garlic. Form into 4 patties.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Grill burgers for 4 minutes, flip, and grill an additional 4 minutes or until cooked to your desired doneness. Place cheese on the burgers, letting it melt slightly then transfer to the bottom halves of the burger buns. Serve with toppings of your choice.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at or give her a tweet at