By Allrecipes Magazine
May 30, 2019
healthy hamburgers

Which ‘Wich?

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

"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

jack n coke burgers
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"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

better for you burgers
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Healthy Tricks

The Better-For-You-Burger has 14 fewer grams of fat and 604 fewer milligrams of sodium. Here's how we did it:

  1. Subbing lean bison for fatty beef cuts major calories. Adding portobello mushrooms to the bison ensures patties are juicy.
  2. Omitting toppers such as cheese and bacon keeps saturated fat down. Instead, opt for heart-healthy fat from avocados.
  3. Skipping pretzel buns saves on sodium. Whole-wheat buns provide extra good-for-you fiber.

Pulled Pork: Indulge vs. Go Healthy

"This is so easy and very tasty. Serve on buns with French fries or potato chips." — KMB233

texas toast pulled pork
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"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

healthier pulled pork
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Healthy Tricks

The Healthier Pulled Pork Sandwiches have half the fat and 417 fewer milligrams of sodium. Here's how we did it:

  1. Opting for lean pork shoulder instead of country-style ribs lowers the total fat and saturated fat.
  2. 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..
  3. 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