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The Alternative Burger: New ways to dig into an American tradition

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 am under Eat Well.
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Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Juicy, succulent burgers have long been a staple in the American diet. But that greasy double-stacked with cheese brings with it a ton of added calories that challenge your waistline.

Industrialized beef has had a pretty rough go lately.  First there was the study showing that even from moderate red meat consumption is bad for you.  Then came the news about “pink slime” (an ammonia-based filler added to ground beef) being used in school lunch and some fast food restaurants.

For the love of a good burger, it’s time we try some alternatives to this American tradition.  Put on your apron and test out some of these tasty beef-free burgers.   Whether you choose to make an all-veggie version or use an alternative meat – the options and flavor combinations are endless!

Here are a few delicious burger alternatives to get you started.

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers – High protein, high fiber, and incredibly quick and easy to make – these will soon become a family favorite.

CHOW Veggie Burgers – Grains, seeds, veggies, and herbs – this burger has nearly every non-meat ingredient you can think of.  Though the recipe is long, the taste is worth it.

Open-Faced Falafel Burgers – Eat these atop a Greek salad, or stuff into a pita for a true Falafel feel.

Crab Burgers with Red Pepper Dressing — The elegant taste of these crab meat patties prove that even a burger can be fancy!

Smoked Duck Buns with Peanut Sauce — For those looking to impress their guests with a unique and exotic taste, in burger form.

The Big Question:
What are your own favorite beef-free burgers?  Any recipes you’d like to share?