6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

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6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

Here’s your grilling game plan: Keep the meat lean, the buns optional—then add a kick with these healthy toppings and condiments.


  • 4 cups green cabbage, shredded, loosely packed (from about ½ head cabbage)
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper, sliced into very thin rings (wear gloves)
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup peanuts, skin on, toasted and ground
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded, and minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions: In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except salt and pepper. Then taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Yield: 4 cups


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