Burgers often get a bad rap. They’re chockfull of fat, sometimes packed full of sodium, and can be loaded with calories. But you can still enjoy this classic American favorite with a few modifications. Here’s how to make your burger healthy in 8 simple steps:

Meat Matters

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What the patty is made out of is one of the biggest factors to determining how healthy it will be. Stick with lean ground beef. While buying leaner ground beef (look for 5% extra lean or 90% lean beef at the grocery store) can often be more expensive, you can potentially save hundreds of calories and lots of fat, plus you’ll have a better tasting burger. If you have the time you can even grind the beef yourself.