To most people, a healthy hamburger is an oxymoron, but we are here to change that. We realize that it’s impossible to resist a burger. Good, bad, ugly, greasy, it doesn’t matter.

Hamburgers have a hold over our lives in ways we will never understand and even though it’s not the healthiest of options, there’s nothing that can be a substitute when you are craving one. But for runners, the guilt of having a greasy burger may be too much to overcome, but that doesn’t mean you should relegate the burger to your ‘sin list’. There’s a way out for you, yet.

We love food enough to crack open a recipe where you won’t feel even the slightest pang of guilt while scarfing down one of these. Just make sure you follow the recipe, and it’s likely to tide you over till the next burger craving, without adding any guilty calories.

What do you need? (Serves 4)

  • 300-350g extra-lean ground meat (beef or lamb)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices reduced-fat cheddar
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/2 lettuce leaves
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • How do you make it?

  • Mix the meat, chopped onions, chili sauce and mustard to form a mixture, and mould them into four 1-inch-thick patties, or to a size that you prefer.
  • Broil 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium to well-done burgers. Top each burger with a slice of the low-fat cheddar right before removing from the oven. Transfer burgers onto the buns, top with lettuce and tomato and serve.

    Wasn’t that easy?! And in case you’re getting anxious about the calorie damage and the nutritional value, put an end to your worries. This easy and delicious burger only has 259 calories, 7g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 22g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 1g of fiber. So yes, it’s simple, well-rounded, tasty and above all, should make you feel much better despite the calorie stigma that’s usually associated with a burger.

    You can even experiment with the toppings and use chopped avocado or sauteed mushrooms for a different flavour profile. And you know what goes great with a burger? Yes, how about a serving of fries. But don’t worry, we have you covered there too, with this healthy take on French Fries.

    This is what you call having your hamburger and eating it too! Bon appètit, FirstRunners!

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