Heart Healthy Foods: BMI Burger Recipes

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Another weekend, another tailgate! This week, we’re sharing a great recipe where heart healthy foods meet game day classics. So fire up the grill (or skillet) and get ready to win at tailgating with these BMI burgers.

BMI Burgers


Makes 9 burgers: 1 pound ground chuck, divided into 1 ¾ oz portions.


  1. Gently shape ground beef into 3-inch patties about ½ inch thick. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Preheat cast iron skillet over medium heat. Season top side of burger with BMI seasoning and make a small dent in the center of the burger. Place the burger seasoned side down in skillet and season the other side of the burger. Cook 3 minutes, then flip and cook 3 minutes more. The center of the burger should be at 160 degrees. If using cheese, you may place it on top of the burger and allow it to melt for about 20 seconds. Remove from skillet and transfer to paper towel-lined plate.
  3. To assemble, place burger on one piece of cloud bread and add desired toppings. Add favorite toppings and sauce of choice, top with cloud bread and enjoy!

Nutrition info per burger and 2 pieces of cloud bread: 108 calories, 9 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrates

BMI Seasoning 


1 tablespoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Mix together and store in an airtight container.
  2. Great on meats, veggies and more!

BMI Aioli


  • ½ cup mayonnaise (Duke’s used for recipe testing)
  • ¼ cup Creole Mustard (Zatarain’s)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Nutrition info per 1 tablespoon: 76 calories, 0 carbohydrates

BMI Burger Sauce


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar free ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Dill relish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Nutrition info per 1 tablespoon: 60 calories, 0 carbohydrates

Cloud Bread

Makes about 22 pieces


  • 3 room temperature eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line two aluminum baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine egg yolks and cream cheese in a bowl; beat on high speed until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl using clean beaters, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites gently until combined.
  6. Using a 1 ½ oz measuring scoop, drop onto parchment paper about one inch apart.
  7. Bake about 28 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool completely before removing from parchment paper. These work best when made the day before.
  9. To store, place in a parchment lined airtight container. Do not stack as they will stick together. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition info per piece: 16 calories, 1 gram protein, 0 grams carbohydrates

Various toppings

  • Boston lettuce
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Sautéed onions
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Sugar-free Ketchup (G Hughes used for recipe testing)

Looking for other great heart healthy foods and meals? Check out our full heart healthy recipe page on our blog. You can also follow our culinary team for more great ideas!