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.

“Disclaimer: We are huge fans of kimchi. Traditionally, this spicy Korean condiment ferments for days—or longer— in a cool, dark place. Here is a quick version that is very, very tasty. But nobody would accuse it of being traditional.” —Andy and Chris


  • ½ small head Napa cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, sliced into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 1 red onion, julienned
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic paste, sambal, or Sriracha
  • 2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let sit out for 4 hours. Mix again. Refrigerate until needed and up to 1 week.

Yield: About 12 cups


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