There’s no need to avoid burgers altogether if you’re following a low cholesterol diet. In fact, some burger recipes can actually help to lower cholesterol if they contain ingredients like beans or chickpeas.
The key to healthy burgers is to use lean meats, like chicken, turkey, fish and extra lean beef mince, or plant-based ingredients, like beans and quinoa. It’s also important to avoid high fat toppings, like cheese, and use these cholesterol-friendly toppings instead:-
- Gherkin slices
- Houmous *
- Mashed avocado *
- Tomato ketchup
- Tomato salsa
* These are particularly good, because chickpeas and avocados are great for lowering cholesterol.
I also recommend sticking to cholesterol-lowering accompaniments, like these:-
- Wholemeal/wholegrain burger buns
- Sweet potato wedges
- Baked beans
- Bean salad with toasted seeds
Here are some delicious cholesterol-friendly burger recipes to try:-
1. Chicken Burgers
Chicken breast is a great choice for cholesterol-friendly burgers because it’s naturally low in saturated fat. Here are some delicious recipes to try:-
2. Turkey Burgers
Like chicken breast, turkey breast is low in saturated fat, making it a great option for cholesterol-friendly burgers. Make sure you buy turkey breast mince that has less than 1.5g saturated fat per 100g.
Try these cholesterol-friendly turkey burger recipes:-
3. Beef Burgers
People often avoid beef when lowering their cholesterol, but I eat extra lean beef mince once or twice a week and have kept my cholesterol low.
Extra lean beef mince contains 2.4g of saturated fat per 100g, which is higher than the recommended ‘<1.5g saturated fat per 100g’ for a low cholesterol diet, so I make sure that I stick to low fat foods for the rest of the day to balance it out.
Here are some delicious and healthy beef burger recipes to try:-
4. Fish Burgers
Oily fish, like salmon and fresh tuna, contains healthy fats that can help to raise ‘good’ cholesterol levels (HDL). White fish, like cod, doesn’t contain the same healthy fats, but is still good for a low cholesterol diet because it’s very low in saturated fat.
Here are some tasty cholesterol-friendly fish burger recipes:-
5. Vegan Burgers
Vegan burgers can be an excellent cholesterol-friendly meal choice because they tend to contain cholesterol-lowering ingredients, like beans, chickpeas and quinoa.
Here are some great vegan burger recipes to try:-
- Black bean burgers
- California burgers
- Falafel & tomato salsa burgers
- Quinoa & kidney bean burgers
- Spicy bean burgers
- Sun-dried tomato chickpea burgers
- Thai quinoa burgers