100-Calorie Burger Toppings: Are They Worth It?

Adriana Velez | Aug 13, 2012 Food & Party

hamburgerWant to indulge in a hamburger but worried about all the extra calories from those toppings? Why are you eating a hamburger if you're worried about calories in the first place?!? Maybe you should stick with a simple lean, grilled steak. A hamburger is meat ground with fat -- that's the whole point!

Okay. You get that. But you want a burger anyway. Well alrighty then, I found this fun article showing eight different 100-calorie burger toppings that all sound tasty. But as promising as these combos all look I'd suggest a few tweaks. Let's take a look at my top five.

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  • Most Flavor for the Least Work



    Sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and spinach. As tasty as all these toppings sound I have to say, most of them look pretty labor-intensive. This combo looks like the quickest path to big flavor. BUT: Sun-dried tomatoes are usually so chewy and hard to bite through. I recommend slicing them up first. But really, it's SUMMER. You should just use a super-fresh locally-grown tomato.

  • Messiest


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    Poached egg, salsa, lettuce, queso fresco. Okay, this seems like a good idea. But have you ever eaten an egg on a hamburger? Messy, egg-yolky mess. And then you add salsa on top of that and I just don't know. I think there's potential for watery goo. Fried would work a little bit better, but might tip you over 100 calories. Unless you're an egg-poaching pro who can get the yolk exactly so skip the egg and just go with the salsa, lettuce and cheese.


  • Most Boring



    Lettuce, tomato, slice of cheddar, pickles, ketchup. I love the classics as much as the next person. But did you really need a slideshow to tell you about these toppings? Pickles, really, you don't say!

  • Proof that a Hamburger Is Not a Salad



    Mozzarella, tomato slices, basil, olive oil. Okay, this is supposed to be like a Carese salad, and that's appealing. But drizzle olive oil over the toppings? Really? That just sounds messy and unnecessary. Unless you have an incredible (and probably expensive), sharp, peppery olive oil you're going to lose the flavor with all the other flavors going on here and just end up with greasy hands and slippery tomatoes.

  • Most Adventurous


    Avocado slices, mango salsa, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese. This is my favorite combo! I love avocado on a hamburger -- and mango salsa a tropical sweet-tart flavor. I wouldn't muck up those fresh flavors with cheese, and really you could skip the cilantro, too, if your salsa already has it.

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