Splurge or Save on These Summer Burgers

PHOTO: DBGB's restaurant offers a "menage à trois" Burger dish, including 3 different burgers, The Yankee, The French and the Piggy, New York City, July 25, 2012.
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Juicy burgers are a staple of summer cuisine. Topped with cheese or bacon, they can often add unwanted calories to your daily diet.

We've collected some of our favorite splurge-worthy and diet-friendly burger recipes. Can you guess which burger is which?

marX Restaurant

PHOTO: The Southwestern Burger and Salmon Burger are served at Marx restaurant, New York City, July 20, 2012.
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The Southwestern Burger vs. the Salmon Burger

One burger packs 1,322 calories while the other has 656. Click to see which is the splurge and which is the save.

marX Restaurant

PHOTO: The Southwestern Burger is a great splurge option at MARX restaurant, served with truffle parmesan french fries and blueberry cocktail, July 20 2012.
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Splurge: Southwestern Burger (1,322 calories)

This spicy cheese and avocado burger on a brioche bun is a burger completely worth the splurge.

8 oz grass-fed sirloin
4 oz spicy pepper-jack cheese
2 pcs romaine lettuce
2 slices tomato
1 tsp chipotle ketchup
2 tsp pico de gallo
1/2 avocado
4 oz brioche bun

After grilling, top the sirloin patty with cheese. Place on brioche bun. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, pico de gallo and avocado.

Recipe courtesy marX Restaurant.

marX Restaurant

PHOTO: The Salmon burger is a healthier option served at Marx restaurant with a side salad and Apple Martini, July 20, 2012.
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Save: Salmon Burger (656 calories)

Lightly breaded and fresh, this salmon burger is healthful and satisfying.

6 oz Scottish salmon patty
1/8 cup red bell pepper
1/8 cup yellow bell pepper
1/8 cup green bell pepper
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 oz whole wheat bun

Combine the salmon patty with the peppers, bread crumbs, soy sauce and lemon juice. Grill the patty and place on a whole wheat bun.

*Opt out of the dill aioli to save an additional 200-300 calories.
Recipe courtesy marX Restaurant.

David Burke at Bloomingdales

PHOTO: David Burke's Double Juicey Burkey and Veggie Burger are served at his Bloomingdale's location in New York City , July 25, 2012.
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Juicy Burkey vs. Veggie Burger

One burger 450 calories while the other fetches 1,256 calories. Click to see which one is the splurge and which is the save.

David Burke at Bloomingdales

PHOTO: David Burke's Double Juicey Burkey Burger is served at his Bloomingdale's location in New York City, July 25, 2012.
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Splurge: The Double Juicy Burkey Burger (1,256 calories)

This double burger is not for the faint of heart. Make sure you're nice and hungry before biting into this one.

10 oz Black Angus ground beef
2 sliced cheddar cheese
2 oz caramelized onion
2 oz bacon
Salt and pepper
1 brioche bun

Sliced one medium white onion in a small sauté pan with medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, add onions cooked down until golden brown, about 15 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cool it down

For the burger : Divide the ground beef into 5 oz patties, press it down and add one sliced of cheese, then onion and bacon pieces. Add one more slice of cheese on top, close the burger. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a griddle , sear the burger on both sides, cook it in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes on one side, then on the other side for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes so the blood doesn't run out all over. Serve with a brioche bun and some fries.

Recipe courtesy David Burke at Bloomingdales.

db Bloomingdales

PHOTO: David Burke's Veggie Burger is served at his Bloomingdale's location in New York City, July 25, 2012.
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Save: The Veggie Burger (450 calories)

db Bloomingdales creates their homemade veggie burgers with chickpeas, beans, spinach, garlic and onions. Panko bread crumbs hold the mixture together.

Place your favorite veggie burger on a whole wheat bun and top with fresh veggies.

Recipe courtesy David Burke at Bloomingdales.

Burger & Barrel

PHOTO: Burger and Barrel Winepub's Veggie burger and Smash burger are served with one of their signature wines, July 25, 2012, New York City.
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The Bash Burger vs. The Veggie

One burger has 905 calories while the other has 404 calories. Click to see which burger is the splurge and which is the save.

Burger & Barrel

PHOTO: Burger and Barrel Winepub's Smash burger is served with one of their signature red wines, July 25, 2012, New York City.
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Splurge: The Bash Burger (905 calories)

Bacon jam? Special sauce? This burger is something we'd like to splurge on every day.

6 six-ounce burger patties
6 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6 Soft Brioche Buns
1 cup special sauce (recipe below)
1 cup bacon jam
2 kosher dill pickles, sliced thinly
Black pepper
Salt

For the jam:
12 strips thick-sliced bacon
4 Spanish onions, cut in half, dice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 sprig of thyme
Salt
Pepper
Canola oil

For the sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
¾ cup ketchup
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ tablespoon sriracha
Salt
White pepper

Season patties generously with salt and pepper. Put burgers on the grill and add one teaspoon Dijon mustard on pattie while grilling. Grill burgers to desired temperature. While burgers are cooking, toast brioche buns. Dress both sides of bun with 1 tablespoon special sauce. Melt American cheese on top of burgers. Dollop warm bacon jam on top of burgers. Slice in half and serve.

For the jam:
Cut bacon into ¼ inch lardons, and render over low heat with a ¼ cup of water for 20-25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess grease. Reserve the fat for cooking the onions. Cut onions into ½ inch dice, and sweat over low heat in a medium saucepan with 2 tablespoons bacon fat and 1 tablespoon canola oil for 20-25 minutes, until onions are translucent and lightly caramelized. Remove onions from pan and reserve for later use. In a food processor, pulse bacon lardons until they reach a course consistency. Fold chopped bacon into caramelized onions, add white wine vinegar and steep 1 sprig of thyme in bacon jam. Season to taste after preparing bacon jam as the bacon will lend a good amount of saltiness to the jam. Remove thyme when reheating.

For the sauce:
Blend all ingredients in a food processor, season to taste and reserve for serving.

Recipe courtesy Burger and Barrel.

Burger & Barrel

PHOTO: Burger and Barrel Winepub's Veggie burger is served with one of their signature white wines, July 25, 2012, New York City.
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Save: Veggie Burger (404 calories)

This chickpea burger puts the boxed veggie burgers to shame. Slather some homemade tzatziki on the patty for a cool flavor combo.

3 pounds chickpeas
1 carrot
1 onion
2 celery stalk
6 garlic cloves
9 oz onion
6 oz carrot
6 oz celery
3 pc garlic
1 oz parsley
6 oz flour
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano, dried
1 teaspoon basil, dried
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
3 teaspoons salt
6 eggs

For the tzatziki sauce:
1 lg cucumber, small dice
½ red onion, small dice
1oz dill sprigs, fine chop
6 oz sour cream
8 oz yoghurt
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch black pepper
1 lemon juiced

For the veggie burger:
Soak 3# chickpeas in water overnight. Drain chickpeas in china cap to remove any extra water. Place chickpeas in large pot and cover with fresh cold water. Add carrot, onion, celery and garlic cloves to chickpeas. Bring to boil and stir every 5 minutes until soft. Remove from liquid and let cool at room temperature. Remove carrot, onion and celery but leave garlic. In food processor, blend 9 oz. onion, 6 oz. carrots, 6 oz. celery, 3 pcs. garlic and 1 oz parsley with cooked chickpeas in batches. Make sure NOT to blend completely smooth. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Form into 5 oz. patties or roll into balls. Best when made the day before.
For the tzatziki:
Mix All ingredients and adjust seasoning

Recipe courtesy Burger and Barrel.

bareburger

PHOTO: The Mediterranean lamb burger in a lettuce wrap and the Supreme Beef burger served with fries and Onion rings are served at Bare Burger, Astoria Queens, New York, July 25 ,2012.
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The Supreme vs. Mediterranean

One burger 930 calories while the other has 597. Click to see which burger is the splurge and which is the save.

bareburger

PHOTO: The Supreme Beef burgerseen here on a brioche bun with a side of Onion Rings and French fries, and a lionshead lager beer, is served at Bare Burger, Astoria Queens, July 25, 2012.
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Splurge: Bareburger Supreme (930 calories)

Say the word "bacon" and "burger" in the same sentence and we'll come running. Top it with french fries and onion rings and we'll start sprinting.

Colby jack
onion rings
maple bacon
lettuce
chopped french fries
ground beef

Grill your burger and add the colby jack cheese. Top with maple bacon, onion rings, lettuce and chopped french fries.

Recipe courtesy bareburger.

bareburger

PHOTO: The Mediterranean lamb burger served on a lettuce wrap with a side house salad is served at Bare Burger, Astoria Queens, July 25, 2012.
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Save: Mediterranean (597 calories)

This Mediterranean burger is a wrapped in lettuce so you don't have to worry about those pesky carbs.

cucumber-mint yogurt
lettuce
cucumber
tomato
apple smoked onions
ground lamb
iceberg lettuce wrap

Cook the ground lamb burger. Top with cucumber-mint yogurt and vegetables. Wrap in iceberg lettuce.

Recipe courtesy bareburger.

BLT Burger

PHOTO: The Maytag Blue, and Herbed Turkey Burger are served at BLT Burger in Chelsea section of New York, seen here June 27, 2012.
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Maytag vs. Turkey burger

One burger boasts 808 calories while the other has 500. Can you guess which is the splurge and which is the save?

BLT Burger

PHOTO: The Maytag Blue Burger is one of BLT Burger's most popular burger, filled with Blue Cheese, Mushroom and grilled onions.
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Splurge: Maytag Blue Burger (808 calories)

Red wine mushrooms and caramelized onions put this blue cheese burger in a league of its own.

6 oz. beef patty
Maytag Blue Cheese
1/2 lb sliced onion
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon shallot chopped
1 tablespoon garlic chopped
2 quart sliced button mushroom
1 cup Madeira wine (deglaze)
Brioche bun

Caramelize sliced onions in a pot until chestnut brown (DO NOT BURN). When the onions are 75% caramelized, add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and reduce until syrupy. For the Madeira mushrooms: Sauté shallots, garlic and mushrooms until the mushrooms start to caramelize. Deglaze with the Madeira wine and cook down until the mushrooms are glazed but not dry.

Place the cooked beef patty on a brioche bun with blue cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms.

Recipe courtesy BLT burger.

BLT Burger

PHOTO: The Herbed Turkey Burger is served at BLT Burger located in the Chelsea section of New York, seen here, June 27, 2012.
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Save: Turkey Burger (500 calories)

BLT burger's ground turkey burger is seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Apple, fennel and onions are mixed into the patty for additional flavor. Use the herb mayo recipe below to top your burger.
2 egg yolks
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
6 oz lemon juice, strained
24 oz grape seed or blended oil
2 tablespoon salt
3/4 cup parsley (tightly packed)
3/4 cup cilantro (tightly packed)
3/4 cup tarragon (tightly packed)

Procedure: In a food processor combine the egg yolks, Dijon mustard, garlic, lemon juice and salt and start processing. Slowly drizzle in the grape seed oil until emulsified. Place the mayo into a bowl. Finely chop the herbs and fold them into the mayo.

Recipe courtesy BLT burger.

DBGB

PHOTO: DBGB's restaurant offers a "menage à trois" Burger dish, including 3 different burgers, The Yankee, The French and the Piggy, New York City, July 25, 2012.
Tiffany Hagler-Geard/ABC NEWS
The Yankee vs. the Piggie

One burger boasts 1,200 calories while the other has 900. Can you guess which is the splurge and which is the save?

DBGB

PHOTO: DBGB's restaurant offers a Burger called The Piggy, served in the  New York City location, July 25, 2012.
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Splurge: The Piggie (1,200 calories)

This splurge-worthy sandwich from DBGB is the perfect combination of pulled pork sandwich meets ultimate burger.

ground beef
bbq pulled pork
jalapeno mayonnaise
coleslaw
brioche bun

Grill your burger and top it with spicy mayonnaise. Place coleslaw on the bun and then top with the burger and pulled pork.

Recipe courtesy DBGB.

DBGB

PHOTO: DBGB's restaurant offers a Burger called The Yankee, served in the  New York City location, July 25, 2012.
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Save: The Yankee (900 calories)

Who ever thought a cheddar cheese and bacon burger would be the wiser choice?

ground beef
bacon
cheddar cheese
tomato
lettuce
brioche bun

Grill the burger and top with cheddar cheese. Place on the brioche bun and add bacon. Top with tomato and lettuce.

Recipe courtesy DBGB.

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