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)

Can't get enough of Mediterranean flavors? Check out these healthy Mediterranean recipes from SparkRecipes.com!

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)

For more meal ideas like this one, check out our healthy Mexican food recipes at SparkRecipes.com!

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

Love Asian flavor? Check out these healthy Asian recipes at SparkRecipes.com!

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

For more cheesy Italian ideas, see our healthy Italian recipes at SparkRecipes.com!

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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7/22/2013 6:24:26 AM

My eating plan includes all foods in moderation. I don't go out of my way to eat fries but if I wanted some for a special treat I would not hesitate to add them to my food tracker. And in general I don't eat bread anymore (of any sort, whole wheat or or otherwise) but I don't hold it against anyone if they decide to eat a white bun. Folks need to remember that SparkPeople is about small steps, individuality and moderation. Not everyone is going to be fanatical about this stuff.


5/26/2013 5:51:55 PM

After reading the comments I reviewed the pictures. The first time through I didn't see the fries. Guess I just looked at the recipes and incorporating my own substitutes (home raised beef lean as can be, homegrown veggies, no ketchup if I don't like it)!
Thanks for the ideas!!


5/23/2013 11:20:39 AM

The article is for 100 calorie burger TOPPINGS, not 100 calorie burgers. The meat, bread, and sides are all additional calories you have to add up yourself.


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5/9/2013 3:15:00 PM

People, no one is MAKING you include a white bread bun. Whatever happened to being independent.


5/9/2013 7:37:18 AM

Many of these burgers are pictured on a bun and many of them are pictured with FRENCH FRIES. Hello!


5/9/2013 2:52:41 AM

Missing the best...grilled pineapple slice.


5/8/2013 4:13:50 PM

Sliced avocado and mushrooms! Yum!


5/8/2013 2:31:21 PM

8MOREB4's SparkPage
Burgers for Mothers's day! Got some ideas. yum!


5/8/2013 2:21:21 PM

NSPIXIE's SparkPage
I'm sorry, many of these pictures do not look like the description of the ingredients.

And why on a diet site would someone's photograph include French Fries that are NOT in the description? Are you trying to sabotage people?

Please, someone who can, review these pictures to ensure that they actually match the description and do not have extra added high-calorie items.

Plain burger plus your toppings is what you should be showing with maybe a side of salad. If it isn't in your description you shouldn't put it in the photo!



5/8/2013 12:29:30 PM

GABIBEAR's SparkPage
I really like some of those ideas!


5/8/2013 11:46:10 AM

well darn if I don't want a burger now! yummy ideas.


5/8/2013 11:27:36 AM

hey, a 300 calorie burger is not too shaby...


5/8/2013 10:42:00 AM

AUNTB63's SparkPage
Love the new ideas. And for those who were really looking at the pix a lot of these do not have white buns.....I only use wheat or multi grain, but there are some low cal white out there worth looking for.

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