50 Healthy Labor Day Recipes

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Looking for recipe ideas for your end of summer cookout or party? Here are over 50 healthy Labor Day recipes with everything from burgers and summer salads to desserts and drinks.

We’re nearing the end of summer, which means that Labor Day weekend is right around the corner!

I love a good Labor Day party. Pools, warm weather, friends and lots of yummy food… what more could you ask for?!

Collage of food photos: Greek pasta salad, turkey burger, frose and blueberry crumble.

Now that we have a pool at our house we’ll probably just have some friends and family over and grill out.

When it comes to eating healthy on Labor Day I’ve got you covered with over 50 healthy recipes to add to your Labor Day menu that are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers. And if you need even more inspo or tips, check out my Healthy Cookout Recipes post.

Side Dishes & Snacks

A white platter filled with a variety of fresh fruit with a yogurt fruit dip in the middle.
5 from 2 votes

Yogurt Fruit Dip

This 2-ingredient yogurt fruit dip is creamy, perfectly sweet and comes together in just 5 minutes. Serve it with your favorite fruit for a healthy snack or dessert! 
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A plate of watermelon fries served with a yogurt dip.
5 from 1 vote

Watermelon Fries

These watermelon fries are served with a 2-ingredient yogurt dip for the perfect summertime snack that's refreshing and easy to make. 
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A bowl of black bean dip surrounded by tortilla chips.
4.50 from 14 votes

Easy Black Bean Dip

Healthy and easy black bean dip that takes only 15 minutes to make. It's the perfect appetizer or snack served with veggies and tortilla chips for game day. It's creamy, packed with flavor and vegan!
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An overhead view of a serving bowl of guacamole.
5 from 4 votes

Guacamole

The best guacamole recipe made with avocado, grape tomatoes, garlic, red onion, jalapeño, fresh lime juice and cilantro. It comes together quickly and is the perfect appetizer with chips or topping for tacos, burritos and so much more.
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Roasted zucchini and squash on a white plate with a metal spoon.
4.41 from 82 votes

Roasted Zucchini and Squash

The perfect summer side dish, this roasted zucchini and squash recipe is healthy, easy to make and so flavorful. Vegan and gluten-free.
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Plate of grilled sweet potato wedges on a plate, topped with fresh herbs. A creamy dipping sauce is to the side.
3.94 from 32 votes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

These easy grilled sweet potato wedges are the perfect veggie side and pair well with just about any grilled protein, especially burgers!
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Serving bowl of apple cider vinegar coleslaw.
3.79 from 88 votes

Vinegar Coleslaw

A quick and easy vinegar-based coleslaw with shredded cabbage and carrots. It's flavorful, mayo-free and packed with nutrients.
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Bowl of fruit salad with strawberries, clementines, kiwi, grapes, blueberries and pineapple. Fruit salad is topped with lime zest.
4.62 from 18 votes

Easy Fruit Salad

This colorful fruit salad combines ripe strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges with a hint of lime.
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Bowl of pineapple salsa next to a bowl of plantain chips, cilantro sprigs and a slice of lime.
4.88 from 8 votes

Pineapple Salsa

This sweet and fresh pineapple salsa is so easy to make! Pair it with tortilla chips for a flavorful appetizer or use as a topping for tacos, grilled chicken or fish.
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Serving bowl with black bean and corn salad. Spoon is in the bowl.
4.02 from 104 votes

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Meet your new go-to cookout dish! This colorful black bean and corn salad is super healthy and takes only minutes to prepare.
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Easy corn salsa served in a blue bowl with crispy tortilla chips scattered around the bowl.
5 from 4 votes

Easy Corn Salsa

This easy corn salsa tastes like Chipotle's corn salsa and comes together in a flash using a bag of frozen sweet yellow corn. It's delicious served as a snack with tortilla chips or as a topping on your favorite Mexican dish.
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Salads

Greek pasta salad in a large white bowl with wooden serving spoons to the side.
5 from 3 votes

Greek Pasta Salad

This easy greek pasta salad is loaded with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives and feta cheese all tossed in a homemade greek dressing. It's the perfect make ahead side for all your summer potlucks!
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Serving bowl with ranch pasta salad with broccoli, peppers and cucumber.
3.79 from 157 votes

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad

This creamy ranch pasta salad is the perfect side dish! Cooked pasta is tossed with veggies and coated in a creamy homemade ranch dressing with fresh herbs.
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Tri-colored potato salad with shallots and spinach in a white bowl with a purple napkin and gold spoon.
5 from 7 votes

Healthy Potato Salad

Instead of mayo and eggs we’re using a red wine vinegar dressing, sun-dried tomatoes, shallots and spinach to create a flavorful vegan potato salad.
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Bowl of clean eating penne pasta salad mixed with basil, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. Next to the bowl are fresh basil leaves and a wooden mixing spoon.
3.91 from 61 votes

Healthy Pasta Salad

This lightened-up pasta salad is made with cucumbers, tomatoes and a basil balsamic dressing. It's mayo-free, gluten-free and vegan but still super delicious!
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Serving bowl of gluten free caprese pasta salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a balsamic vinaigrette.
3.93 from 14 votes

Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese pasta salad made healthy with protein-packed chickpea rotini, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula, fresh basil and a delicious homemade balsamic dressing. 
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Bird's eye view photo of a bowl of Mexican Street Corn Salad topped with lime and fresh cilantro. Bowl is resting on a striped napkin and next to a gold spoon and bowl of cheese.
4.53 from 155 votes

Mexican Street Corn Salad

An easy lightened-up Mexican street corn salad that can be made with fresh or frozen corn. This salad is creamy, delicious and perfect for summer cookouts.
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Close up photo of a caprese salad, slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella topped with balsamic, pepper and basil.
3.95 from 20 votes

Easy Caprese Salad

This easy caprese salad layers juicy tomato slices with fresh mozzarella and basil. It’s lovely paired with crusty bread for an appetizer or grilled protein for a meal.
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A bowl of poppyseed chicken pasta salad. A spoon rests in the bowl.
5 from 18 votes

Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad

Poppy seed chicken pasta salad makes for the perfect summer side or easy dinner with bowtie pasta, chicken, sweet grapes and crunchy almonds all in a creamy poppy seed dressing.
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Close up photo of a tomato cucumber salad in a serving bowl.
3.95 from 20 votes

Roasted Tomato Salad

This roasted tomato salad combines roasted and fresh tomatoes with cucumber, feta and basil for as summery salad that’s so flavorful and refreshing.
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Lemon orzo salad with fresh lemon slices in a white bowl with metal serving spoons.
5 from 5 votes

Lemon Orzo Salad

This easy lemon orzo salad is loaded with fresh veggies and herbs and tossed in a simple lemon dressing. It comes together in 20 minutes and makes for the perfect side dish or light lunch. 
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A cucumber salad in a white bowl with sliced cucumbers, red onion, and a vinaigrette.
5 from 14 votes

Easy Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad combines crisp cucumber slices with red onion tossed in a simple vinegar dressing. It's refreshing, easy to make and the perfect summer side dish.
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Serving bowl with three bean salad, a salad made with chickpeas, kidney beans, onion and green beans.
4.08 from 54 votes

Three Bean Salad

With this three bean salad, green beans, chickpeas and kidney beans are marinated in a naturally sweetened vinaigrette that almost pickles the beans and makes them taste so good!
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Chicken fajita pasta salad in a large bowl.
5 from 5 votes

Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad

This chicken fajita pasta salad is packed with flavorful sautéed veggies, fresh tomatoes and shredded chicken all tossed in a cilantro lime dressing. Perfect for meal prep or as a side for summer parties.
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Creamy cucumber salad in a large white bowl.
5 from 5 votes

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad combines crisp cucumbers, red onion and fresh dill all tossed together in a simple Greek yogurt dressing. It's the perfect summer side dish for potlucks or BBQs.
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A bowl with summer berry salad. A fork rests on bowl.
4.04 from 58 votes

Summer Berry Salad

This summer berry salad is loaded with spinach, fresh berries, candied walnuts and feta cheese all tossed in a light white balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's the perfect side dish for the 4th of July.
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A broccoli salad in a large white bowl.
4.56 from 52 votes

Classic Broccoli Salad

This easy broccoli salad combines fresh broccoli with raisins, sunflower seeds and bacon all tossed in a creamy Greek yogurt dressing. It's the perfect side dish for potlucks and summer cookouts!
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Main Meals

One vegan Sloppy Joe on a whole wheat bun topped with coleslaw.
5 from 6 votes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Enjoy a plant-based version of a childhood classic with these vegan sloppy joes. Lentils simmer in a sweet and smoky tomato sauce and then are piled on a bun for a quick and easy meatless meal that everyone will love!
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Plate with 4 bbq chicken breasts and a bowl of homemade bbq sauce.
4.70 from 10 votes

BBQ Chicken Breasts

Here's how to make BBQ chicken breasts that turn out juicy and delicious. No grill? No problem! See my options for making this recipe with a grill pan or in the oven.
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4.60 from 32 votes

Turkey Burger

These juicy turkey burgers are made with ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce and a blend of seasonings. They're loaded with flavor and easy to make on the grill or stovetop.
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A salmon burger on a wire rack.
5 from 5 votes

Salmon Burgers

Here's how to make the best salmon burgers. They come together in under 30 minutes for an easy dinner and are loaded with flavor especially when topped with a delicious herb sauce.
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Black bean burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard and pickles.
3.90 from 38 votes

Easy Black Bean Burgers

These vegan black bean burgers are loaded with flavor, easy to make and hold together super well!
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Chicken burgers cooking in a grill pan on the stove.
4.25 from 49 votes

Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers

Cilantro lime chicken burgers that are packed with refreshing flavor! The perfect summer main dish. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 
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Open salmon burger with avocado cilantro, sriracha mayo, and purple onion.
4.12 from 9 votes

Teriyaki Salmon Burgers

These fresh salmon burgers are such a delicious and easy summer meal. Top your burger with Sriracha mayo and avocado slices for added creaminess and a hint of spice! Can be served with a bun or lettuce wrap.
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Stack of three tempeh burgers on buns.
4.36 from 34 votes

Tempeh Veggie Burgers

A delicious veggie burger that’s made with tempeh and holds together so well you can cook it on the grill! Added bonus, it’s packed with plant-based protein.
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Spinach and feta turkey burger on a bun with avocado, onions, tomatoes and sprouts.
4.47 from 62 votes

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

These spinach and feta turkey burgers are quick and easy to prepare and taste delicious grilled and served on a bun with your favorite burger toppings.
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Jackfruit bbq sandwich topped with cabbage.
3.89 from 45 votes

BBQ Jackfruit

These BBQ jackfruit sandwiches are loaded with BBQ flavor and the texture of shredded jackfruit makes for an amazing shredded meat substitute.
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Two well-seasoned chicken breasts on a grill pan with grill marks
4.20 from 141 votes

Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken

This simple apple cider vinegar chicken is my go-to recipe when making grilled chicken because it’s easy, versatile and delicious! Enjoy right away or use the grilled chicken for meal prep throughout the week.
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Overhead plate of grilled shrimp on a plate with lemon wedges.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Shrimp

The best grilled shrimp recipe. It’s easy, flavorful and comes together in a matter of minutes! Just marinate the shrimp, toss it on the grill and let it cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
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A plate of grilled rosemary chicken skewers.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Chunks of chicken are marinated in a light apple cider vinaigrette, threaded onto sturdy rosemary sprigs and grilled to perfection. This process makes for healthy and flavorful chicken, as well as, a stunning presentation that’s sure to impress friends and family.
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Desserts

Blueberry crumble in a pie dish with a metal spoon and three scoops of vanilla ice cream.
4.42 from 161 votes

Healthy Blueberry Crumble

A delicious and healthy blueberry crumble that can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries and is topped with an oatmeal pecan crumble. It's naturally sweetened, gluten-free + vegan.
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Overhead photo of a zucchini brownie on a sheet of parchment paper.
4.89 from 18 votes

Zucchini Brownies

Sneak veggies into your dessert with these healthy zucchini brownies that are made with almond and oat flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. They're moist, fudgy, oil-free and gluten-free.
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Ice cream scooper scooping a serving of banana ice cream from a loaf pan.
4.67 from 9 votes

One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Homemade banana ice cream made with one simple ingredient – frozen bananas! No ice cream maker needed. Just blend until creamy and serve.
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Hand holding a square of frozen yogurt bark topped with berries.
4 from 218 votes

Frozen Yogurt Bark

This frozen yogurt bark with berries and coconut is the perfect refreshing snack. It’s so easy to whip up, healthy and packed with protein. You’ll want a batch in your freezer at all times.
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A stack of black bean brownies.
4.65 from 183 votes

Black Bean Brownies

These gluten-free black bean brownies are so fudgy and delicious. No one will be able to tell that they're flourless and made with beans!
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A tray of ice with greek yogurt popsicles laying on top.
5 from 8 votes

Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Make healthy Greek yogurt popsicles with just 3 simple ingredients: Greek yogurt, honey and fresh fruit. They're refreshing, easy to make and the perfect summertime treat that both kids and adults will love!
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Frozen cottage cheese bark with dark chocolate and granola cut into squares and served on a white plate.
4.91 from 22 votes

Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark

This frozen cottage cheese bark with peanut butter, chocolate and granola is the perfect refreshing treat. It's healthy, creamy, easy to whip up and packed with protein.
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Frozen banana snickers on a baking tray with parchment paper.
5 from 5 votes

Frozen Banana Snickers

Bananas are coated in a layer of peanut butter and date caramel then topped with chocolate and chopped peanuts to make these healthy frozen banana snickers. They're the perfect refreshing summer treat! Vegan, dairy-free + gluten-free.
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Chocolate strawberry banana yogurt clusters on a white plate with one of them split in half to see the inside of the cluster.
5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Yogurt Clusters

These chocolate strawberry banana yogurt clusters are my take on the viral TikTok recipe. Made with just 7 simple ingredients, they're easy to make and the perfect healthy dessert to keep stocked in your freezer all summer long! 
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Greek yogurt tart decorated with strawberries and blueberries. A striped dish towel, sliced strawberries, and blueberries surround the tart. A slice is cut for one piece in the tart.
3.80 from 24 votes

Healthy Greek Yogurt Berry Tart

The BEST healthy summertime dessert! This tart starts with a crystallized ginger and almond meal grain-free crust, is filled with creamy Greek yogurt and then piled high with loads of fresh berries.
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Four vegan blueberry cheesecake bars stacked on top of each other.
5 from 10 votes

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

These vegan blueberry cheesecake bars combine a creamy cashew and coconut filling with a date pecan crust and a blueberry swirl topping. They're no bake, gluten-free and absolutely delicious!
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Slice of avocado lime tart on a plate with a fork and topped with lime zest and a lime slice.
4.42 from 86 votes

Lime and Avocado Tart

This lime and avocado tart has a creamy avocado coconut filling with a coconut pecan crust. It’s super easy to make, vegan and gluten-free!
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Up close shot of peach crisp in a bowl with a gold spoon on the side.
4.33 from 83 votes

Healthy Peach Crisp

Healthy peach crisp made with fresh peaches and topped with an oatmeal pecan crumble topping that's gets nice and crispy. 
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Drinks

Paloma cocktail with ice and a lime wedge and a rim of salt.
4.14 from 69 votes

Skinny Paloma (no sugar added)

A lightened up skinny Paloma made with freshly juiced grapefruit, tequila, lime juice and sparkling water.
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Two glasses with strawberry frosé. Each one has a strawberry on the rim.
4.73 from 11 votes

Strawberry Frosé

Say hello to your new favorite summer cocktail! Strawberry Frosé, aka frozen rosé, made with 4 ingredients, no refined sugar and less than 200 calories per drink.
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Two glasses filled with vodka cranberry over ice. Each has been topped with a slice of lime and a few whole cranberries.
4.05 from 61 votes

Vodka Cranberry

A light holiday cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and fizzy sparkling water. Toss a few cranberries on top for a festive drink you’ll want to enjoy all season.
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A clear glass containing a skinny mojito. There is a sprig of mint inside the glass alongside of a lime wedge. Extra mint leaves and lime are around the glass on the counter.
4.38 from 8 votes

Skinny Mojito

This skinny Mojito is made with fresh lime juice, white rum, mint leaves and sparkling water. It's light and refreshing, low in calories and has no added sugar!
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A glass of white wine sangria centered in the frame with two glasses behind it on either side out of focus. A pitcher is also out of focus in the background. There are strawberries, limes, and mint leaves scattered around the glass along with crushed ice.
3.96 from 43 votes

White Wine Sangria

This white wine sangria is easy to whip up and even easier to drink! It's crisp, refreshing and loaded with fresh fruit. Trust me, you'll want to serve this at every party!
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Two skinny piña coladas in glass cups with blue polka dot paper straws.
4.06 from 19 votes

Skinny Piña Colada

This Skinny Piña Colada recipe with real pineapple, coconut water and coconut rum is made with only four ingredients. Serve frozen or on the rocks for a lighter version of this tropical cocktail. 
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I hope these ideas are helpful! Have a safe (and delicious) Labor Day Weekend!

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Labor Day Recipes + The Best Turkey Burger

Here are over 50 healthy Labor Day recipes with everything from the best turkey burgers to summer salads, desserts and drinks.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb ground turkey, I used 93% lean
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or tamari
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Toppings of choice: Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onion, ketchup, mustard

Instructions 

  • Mix together turkey, egg, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Using your hands, form mixture into 5 patties.
  • Cook on preheated grill or grill pan until no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Serve immediately on bun with toppings of choice.

Notes

  • Worcestershire sauce: If you don’t have worcestershire sauce on hand you can use soy sauce or tamari. 
  • Low carb option: Serve the burger on lettuce leaves instead of a bun or serve the burger over a salad. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 273mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: labor day recipes
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