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Chicken Quinoa Burger Showdown: Hardgainer vs Lean Beach Body

About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 191
Protein 24g
Fat 7g
Carbs 6g
Total Time

Here’s a healthy burger recipe to jumpstart your summer or seasonal grilling. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate quinoa into recipes like burgers and even meatloaf because it is an easy way to boost the overall macronutrient content with a quality food that is high vitamins and minerals.

Have you ever tried a burger using just veggies? If not, let today be the day. Forgo the bread and try the lean (low-carb) portobello mushroom cap, or  thick, muscle-building sweet potato.

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Chicken Quinoa Burger Showdown: Hardgainer vs Lean Beach Body

Ingredients

for a least 5 patties:

  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup red onions
  • garlic clove
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • seasonings: 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprika (optional), 1/2 tbsp sea salt, pepper

Remember to load up your burger with:

  • fresh avocado slices
  • lettuce or hearty greens
  • tomatoes
  • low sodium BBQ sauce
  • mustard
Steps

Lean (low-carb) burger bun: 2 portobello mushroom caps

  • Approximate macros for just burger & bun: 235 calories, 28g protein, 15g carbs, 7g fat

Hardgainer (hi-carb) burger bun: ~360g sweet potato (with 2 chicken quinoa patties)

  • Approximate macros for just burger & bun: 695 calories, 51g protein, 108g carbs, 18g fat

Available in the FitMenCook app

Open this recipe in the FitMenCook app to add the ingredients to your shopping list, scale the recipe and track your calories. Enjoy!

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Calories
191
Protein
24g
Fat
7g
Carbs
6g
Sodium
-
Fiber
-
Sugar
-
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.