13 Ways to Top Your Burger for 100 Calories or Less

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13 Ways to Top Your Burger for 100 Calories or Less

Eating a hot burger fresh off the grill is one of the many pleasures of summer. But look out--those patties are often piled high with extra calories and fat. Lighten up your next cookout with these smarter ways to dress up your burger.

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The Classic: 100 Calories

1 slice Cheddar or American cheese
1 tablespoon ketchup
5 pickle slices
Lettuce and tomato

Mediterranean: 100 Calories

1 ounce soft goat cheese
A handful of spinach
4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)

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Creamy and Spicy: 45 Calories

2 tablespoons salsa
1 tablespoon light cream cheese
A few sprigs cilantro

Mexi-cado: 80 Calories

1/4 avocado, sliced
1 roasted red pepper
Pickled carrots and onions (store-bought)

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Olive Love: 80 Calories

1 tablespoon olive tapenade
1 tablespoon chopped red onion

Sneaky Salad: 40 Calories

1/4 cup fresh arugula
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette

Swiss and 'Shrooms: 100 Calories

1 slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms, sauteed with nonstick cooking spray

Asian Influence: 45 Calories

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 chopped scallions

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Bacon Cheeseburger: 80 Calories

1 slice turkey bacon
1/2 slice reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
Several tomato slices

Creamy BBQ: 75 Calories

1 teaspoon hummus mixed with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce

Caprese: 80 Calories

1 slice part-skim mozzarella
Sliced tomatoes
Fresh basil and oregano

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Red, White, Blue & Green: 85 Calories

1 tablespoon blue cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/4 cup spinach or arugula
Sliced red onions

Hot 'n Spicy: 100 Calories

1 tablespoon light mayo mixed with 1 teaspoon chili sauce
Grilled onions and peppers

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7/3/2015 6:12:07 AM

Although this information is all about the toppings, and I have been eating my burger without the bun/bread, the pictures tell the story--It also provides other bread alternatives to the Almighty burger! Thanks!


4/27/2015 3:23:31 AM

Many of these ideas sound like they'd be great on a chicken breast or veggie burger too! Thanks for the ideas!


4/15/2015 5:53:57 PM

PAMM81's SparkPage
Definitely some tasty options!


4/15/2015 8:30:48 AM

This is good as far as calories go but you also need to watch sodium intake. Those condiments have approximately 800mg of sodium which climbs to over 1,000mg if you count the hamburger and bun. Two burgers and you have pretty well hit your daily allowance of sodium.

If your going to trumpet something like this should show all the nutritional values.


8/24/2014 9:52:40 PM

Looks delicious, will definetely make it.


8/23/2014 10:20:17 AM

Making me hungry again.


7/20/2014 6:54:44 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Thanks but no thanks. I love just a plain juicy burger with extra onions and pickles.


7/17/2014 12:08:21 PM

This is fantastic!


7/17/2014 3:33:46 AM

Very nice and now I am very HUNGRY!


5/25/2014 4:34:59 PM

SNOWYOGA's SparkPage
Oh my gosh these look so good! Can't wait to try some


5/24/2014 11:51:52 PM



5/24/2014 7:01:57 PM

Looks delicious


8/29/2013 2:37:02 PM

LEAL536's SparkPage
I also generally skip the bun. I have found, however, that if I want a bun, I choose to use the "thins" that are so readily available now. I load my burger with lots of fresh veggies too.


8/27/2013 9:16:48 AM

A restaurant around here has been marketing a fiesta veggie burger - a boca patty with refried beans and salsa (and I think a dollop of sour cream) on top. It sounded gross at first, but the more I think about it the more I think I need to make one of my own!


8/27/2013 8:25:26 AM

love lots of these 100 cal toppings!!

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