Healthy Makeovers: Burgers and Pulled Pork
By Caitlyn Diimig
Burgers and pulled pork are summer sandwich staples. If you're looking for a slimmed-down version of these classic sammies, start here. Craving the decadent original? Start here, too!
Burgers: Indulge vs. Go Healthy
Indulge: Jack 'n' Coke Burgers
"Here in the South, we've got lots to offer. For example, one of our traditional drinks just happens to be a Jack and Coke®. Try out this thick, juicy, and satisfying burger flavored with whiskey and cola. It'll leave ya talkin' with a drawl and sayin' y'all." — bamackc
Go Healthy: Better-For-You Burgers
"I like to add chopped mushrooms to lean meats, such as bison, when making burgers—it helps keep the patties moist and delicious. For even more flavor, I add some onions, Cheddar cheese, and a touch of smoky spice to make these burgers complete." — ChristineM
The Better-For-You-Burger has 14 fewer grams of fat and 604 fewer milligrams of sodium. Here's how we did it:
- Subbing lean bison for fatty beef cuts major calories. Adding portobello mushrooms to the bison ensures patties are juicy.
- Omitting toppers such as cheese and bacon keeps saturated fat down. Instead, opt for heart-healthy fat from avocados.
- Skipping pretzel buns saves on sodium. Whole-wheat buns provide extra good-for-you fiber.
Pulled Pork: Indulge vs. Go Healthy
Indulge: Pulled Pork Texas Toast Sandwiches
"This is so easy and very tasty. Serve on buns with French fries or potato chips." — KMB233
Go Healthy: Healthier Pulled Pork Sandwiches
"Some easy tricks to making healthier pulled pork sandwiches include using a leaner cut of meat, choosing a lower-calorie barbecue sauce, and serving your sandwiches with smaller buns and a lower-fat coleslaw. To top it all off, this recipe is made in the slow cooker, so it doesn't get easier than this!" — Cook Right
The Healthier Pulled Pork Sandwiches have half the fat and 417 fewer milligrams of sodium. Here's how we did it:
- Opting for lean pork shoulder instead of country-style ribs lowers the total fat and saturated fat.
- Using a lower-calorie barbecue sauce makes all the difference. Look for a sauce with less than 50 calories per 2 tablespoons. Vinegar-based sauces are a safe bet..
- Serving your sandwiches slider-style on small buns with healthful coleslaw rather than on large buttery Texas toast with pickles keeps sodium from skyrocketing..
More: Check out our collection of healthy makeover recipes.
This article originally appeared in Allrecipes Magazine