Cut The Calories And Serve Healthier Hamburgers By Making Your Own Patties

If you're hosting a barbecue, the last thing you may be thinking about is how healthy the food you're cooking up will be. The good news is that if you're buying minced beef, making your own patties and grilling them yourself, you're already doing your health a favour. Here's why.

When you buy pre-made hamburger patties, you're often getting burgers with lots of added fat and lower-quality beef. Eating Well Magazine also points out that the patties are generally too large per serving, contain too much saturated fat and often pack in close to 500 calories. Making your own, they note, lets you make more appropriate serving sizes.

We can follow that logic, but making your own patties offers another huge benefit: it gives you complete control over what goes into it and how much you make. Alton Brown touches on this topic in this episode of Good Eats, but making your own patties gives you a way to boost the flavour and quality of your burgers and make them healthier to eat. It's a win-win.

So if you're looking for an excuse to show off your cooking and your grilling skills the next time you fire up the grill, make your own burgers. For more healthy hamburger tips, hit the Eating Well link below. What do you think? Is it worth the extra time and effort? Share your thoughts and recipes in the comments below.

How to Cut 400 Calories from Your Burger [Eating Well]


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    I just buy the "extra trim beef" burgers from the Coles meat section. Low in fat, and only 196 calories each.

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