There’s nothing like a perfectly executed burger for lunch or dinner. But many people can’t enjoy a traditional burger because they don’t eat red meat or any meat at all. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to the standard beef burger, and whether you are exploring them for health or ethical reasons, or if you just want to try something new, these are some great ideas for your next burger night.
Nobody would mistake a turkey burger for a regular beef burger, but with the proper seasonings, you can make a juicy and flavorful burger with even the leanest turkey meat. Consider pairing with smoked gouda to make for a richer flavor profile.
Salmon is a delicious and healthy fish loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, but you don’t have to limit yourself to simple salmon filets. Processing salmon pieces with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, garlic, and lemon juice makes for a tasty base, while adding panko breadcrumbs keeps these patties firm and cohesive.
This is about as close as you can get to a beef burger without going with the real deal Bison has a rich, meaty flavor, similar in profile and consistency to beef. However, it is higher in protein and lower in fat, making it leaner which gives it a lighter feel. If you want all the flavor without the lethargic after-effects, bison may just be the way to go.
We didn’t forget about the vegetarians! While the market for meat alternatives is quickly expanding, many of the top-rated meatless burgers are expensive and difficult to emulate at home. Mushrooms, however, can make for an easy burger that is both earthy and meaty. Finely chop some mushrooms and add your favorite seasonings – we recommend thyme, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Combine with breadcrumbs and eggs and form your patties. For a vegan mushroom burger, replace the eggs with flaxseed meal.