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6 New Burger Twists Under 500 Calories

6 New Burger Twists Under 500 Calories

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Improve on a summer staple by adding innovative sauces and toppings to transform this barbecue favorite into a surprisingly sophisticated meal. These fresh takes from Makani Gerardi, the executive chef and cofounder of Pono Burger in Santa Monica, CA, will keep you grilling all season long. 

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Bison Burger with Spicy Black Bean Chili

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Peppers and a black-bean topper give your backyard burger a spicy kick, while bison is surprisingly lean and juicy.

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Turkey Burger with Ponzu Carrot and Cucumber Ribbons

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Ponzu, a Japanese version of vinaigrette, adds a spicy, citrusy twist to an otherwise traditional turkey burger.

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Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Burger

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This veggie burger recipe is healthy and deceivingly easy to make. Simply marinate these meaty mushrooms in a sweet-tart vinigrette for a flavorful and low-calorie dish that even carnivores can enjoy.

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Char Siu Pork Burger with Cilantro Asian Slaw

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This fresh and healthy take on traditional Chinese char siu pork is bursting with sweet and savory flavors. It looks impressive but only takes 22 minutes to prepare!

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Chile-Mint Mahimahi Burger

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In peak season during the spring and summer months, mahimahi makes the perfect addition to your next backyard barbecue. Grill it for a few minutes before adding the bold, tropical vinaigrette from this recipe and serve with extra salad on the side for the ultimate healthy Hawaiiain experience.

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Beef Burger with Strawberry Compote and Caramelized Onions

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Nothing tastes like summer quite like strawberries, so we added them to this savory beef burger recipe for a mega-boost of sweet and sensational flavor. Top it off with caramelized onions for a killer combination that will have everyone crediting you as the most creative chef of the season!

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