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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1 slice Cheddar or American cheese
1 tablespoon ketchup
5 pickle slices
Lettuce and tomato
1 ounce soft goat cheese
A handful of spinach
4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
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2 tablespoons salsa
1 tablespoon light cream cheese
A few sprigs cilantro
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 roasted red pepper
Pickled carrots and onions (store-bought)
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1 tablespoon olive tapenade
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/4 cup fresh arugula
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
1 slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms, sauteed with nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 chopped scallions
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1 slice turkey bacon
1/2 slice reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
Several tomato slices
1 teaspoon hummus mixed with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
1 slice part-skim mozzarella
Fresh basil and oregano
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1 tablespoon blue cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/4 cup spinach or arugula
Sliced red onions
1 tablespoon light mayo mixed with 1 teaspoon chili sauce
Grilled onions and peppers
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