Build A Healthier Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Fans of fast food restaurants (and western bacon cheeseburgers) often enjoy them for their wide varieties. They seem to come up with unique taste combinations that are not often found any place else. They also come with a premium price, and may not be the healthiest choice for many folks. But these signature meals can be made easily at home, and can be a bit healthier when done this way. Here, for example, are some tips for creating a healthier version of a western bacon cheeseburger.

A good burger begins and ends, of course, with the meat. But many types of hamburger meat are not going to be very healthy. You can get better results with different types of ground meat with a bit of effort. If you must have beef, be sure to get the leanest type you can find. Yes, the fat gives it flavor, but too much fat is not worth the risk, and flavor can be enhanced using exciting spices. If you want to go even further, consider using ground turkey meat for the patty. It tastes good and is much better for you.

Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Then consider the bun. This is where much of the flavor comes from, as the bun comprises most of the meal. Use something other than plain white flour buns, for both health purposes and for variety. Use something with whole grains, or at least with whole wheat. Flavored buns are nice to try, and for this particular hamburger, an onion flavored roll works very well.

For bacon, again there is turkey bacon. While not quite as tasty as pork bacon, it is serviceable and will satisfy most palates. If using regular bacon, just be sure to cook it well, making the strips nice and crispy. Then blot them well with paper towels in order to remove as much of the grease as possible. You will still retain the flavor, but will be able to eliminate much of the fat content by doing so.

These types of burgers usually come with onion rings, too. These are breaded and deep-fried, making them both fat laden and difficult to cook at home. For a very good substitute, simple use grilled onions instead. You can sauté some in a pan with some light cooking oil, or you can grill them on the bar-be-cue for even better flavor. Use large slices of raw, white onions, dab a bit of oil or butter on them, and cook them right over the coals. This is low fat and great tasting.

And finally, the whole thing gets topped off with bar-be-cue sauce. Here is an element with very little fat, so just choose the type you like best. You can get varieties with too much sugar in them, but most will be fine. For best results, use a brand that is sharp and tangy tasting. This is what gives the western bacon cheeseburger its kick, and most of the unique flavor. Toast the buns, too, and pile it all together for a healthy take on fast food.

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