Burgers Don’t Have to Be Boring

I always have trouble with ground beef. I tend to stick to 93% but then I get stuck: there are about four options for where I go from there. Chili, burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf? Usually, I stick to the American standby – hamburgers. And I don’t usually mix it up much, maybe worsterchire or sriracha.
Today we had an excess of tomatoes and you probably do too. Maybe not from your garden, but they’re pretty cheap from the farmer’s market right now. We made some salsa. Nothing special, not a recipe… it was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. We didn’t have enough chips leaving us with plenty of leftovers. What to do? Salsa burgers.
The main reason I don’t have a picture was that these were just too good. And so easy. Just take some burgers and mix in some salsa! They were restaurant quality with literally no effort. Yum! Plus if you’re following Weight Watchers the salsa adds zero points. We topped it off with some pepper jack cheese and then I ate it with a fork. No added carbs from an oversized bun!

Other ideas for hamburger mix-ins:

  • Olive tapenade
  • Crumbled cheese like feta or bleu cheese
  • Chopped onions
  • Mustard
  • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Black beans if you want to cut down on your meat intake
  • Apples work well in turkey burgers
  • There are also a variety of seasonings that can transform your burger, from cajun to curry!

Burger toppings that won’t hurt your waistline:

  • Tzatziki sauce
  • Olive tapenade
  • Mustard
  • Any variety of veggies: onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms…
  • Avocadoes are a great alternative for mayonnaise
  • Guacamole
  • A mini-caprese salad: tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil