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Chicken Quinoa Burger Showdown: Hardgainer vs Lean Beach Body

Chicken Quinoa Burger Showdown: Hardgainer vs Lean Beach Body

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Here’s a healthy burger recipe to jumpstart your summer or seasonal grilling. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate quinoa into recipes like burgers and even meatloaf because it is an easy way to boost the overall macronutrient content with a quality food that is high vitamins and minerals.

Have you ever tried a burger using just veggies? If not, let today be the day. Forgo the bread and try the lean (low-carb) portobello mushroom cap, or  thick, muscle-building sweet potato.

Burger ingredients for a least 5 patties:

  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup red onions
  • garlic clove
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • seasonings: 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprika (optional), 1/2 tbsp sea salt, pepper

Remember to load up your burger with:

  • fresh avocado slices
  • lettuce or hearty greens
  • tomatoes
  • low sodium BBQ sauce
  • mustard

Approximate macros for 1 of 5 patties:

191 calories, 24g protein, 6g carbs, 7g fat

Lean (low-carb) burger bun: 2 portobello mushroom caps

  • Approximate macros for just burger & bun: 235 calories, 28g protein, 15g carbs, 7g fat

Hardgainer (hi-carb) burger bun: ~360g sweet potato (with 2 chicken quinoa patties)

  • Approximate macros for just burger & bun: 695 calories, 51g protein, 108g carbs, 18g fat

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