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A better burger: Making everything from the bun to your toppings healthier

MILWAUKEE -- Love a good burger? What if we told you you could make it healthier without sacrificing the flavor? Heather Ferber of Better Health by Heather joins Real Milwaukee to help us make a better burger.

Turkey burgers are an excellent alternative to beef burgers. These burgers are a great way to sneak in some white beans which boost fiber, antioxidants, and amylase inhibitors which help control blood sugars, oxidative stress and weight gain, respectively. Eventually you can increase the beans even a bit more.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey, organic/hormone free if possible
  • ¼ cup smashed white beans (cannellini, navy)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon flax
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, chopped
  • optional jalapeno, chopped

1. Smash beans in a small bowl
2. Mix smashed beans and ground turkey together
3. Mix all dried ingredients in a small bowl (cumin, garlic powder, paprika, flax, and sea salt)
4. Add mustard, tamari and water to dried ingredients and mix well.
5. Add seasoning mixture and chopped spinach to meat mixture and blend well.
6. Form into approximately 6 patties
7. Grill over medium heat
8. Serve on favorite sprouted buns with creative toppings

Topping Ideas:

  • Avocado, fresh cilantro and radish slices
  • Fresh sprouts (radish, watercress, broccoli)
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion
  •  Chili flakes
  • Vegan mayo + siracha sauce
  • Fried egg
  • Chimichurri sauce
  • Fermented veggies/kraut
  • Grilled onions with avocado
  • Grilled onions with mushrooms

Favorite Burger Buns

  • Angelic Bakehouse Sprouted Buns
  • Angelic Bakehouse Sprouted Dinner Rolls for smaller appetites