Have you ever tried a veggie burger? Some of you may turn your nose up to them but hear me out. You can have an amazing burger experience without all that fat and cholesterol clogging your arteries.
One of my husband’s favorite places to eat is a little grimy diner called Twisted Burger in Grayslake, IL. I call it grimy only because it is so popular, they have trouble keeping the floors clean 😉 I’m not being cheeky here, it’s packed all the time.
Why is it so popular? Well, it’s local and we love neighborhood spots, right? And they have the craziest burger options… that taste great! The minus side? It’s a heart attack on a plate:
What you are witnessing here is a “Twisted Burger.” It’s the actual name of the burger. This is their description:
I actually ordered it by mistake because I got distracted, like a goldfish, and forgot what I was going to order. So this massive burger came to the table and as the waitress placed it in front of me, Tim started laughing. The flavors were great but it was too much and the rest of the day I had a constant sluggish feeling. So, I thought– what if I create this Twisted Burger my way… and this is what I came up with.
See, that looks appetizing to me. Here’s what I did:
I switched out some of the ingredients. Instead of cheese, I used mashed ripe avocado. That gives the creamy texture of cheese without all the bad fat. If you are on a “healthy eating plan,” like me (especially after that last burger), use just enough avocado to satisfy the texture of creaminess. Avocado is good for you and has good fat but it’s still high in calories. I switched the fried egg out for sautéed mushrooms. I got rid of the bacon– settle down! You can add fake bacon or turkey bacon or baco bits if you really need that flavor. I left it out completely because there is already a lot going on here. I added lettuce from my garden, tomato, and red onion. Instead of fresh jalapeños, I added Giardiniera (because I like it) and I replaced the burgers with 1 veggie burger. I like boca burgers and I plop them on a paper plate (to absorb excess oil from patty) and microwave it for 2 minutes because my microwave is pretty wonky. Once assembled, I drizzled BBQ sauce on it. It was delicious!!
AND I didn’t feel sluggish the rest of the day. Try it out if you can. I promise you’ll like it!