Loaded Lean Beef Burger Bowls – 4 Ways!

These delicious burger bowls have a recipe to fit any craving. Teriyaki is full of tropical Asian flavors with green onion and grilled pineapple. Greek offers chewy farro and herby Mediterranean flavors. The burrito burger bowl has smoky Mexican flavor, and the cheeseburger bowl is full of classic burger toppings like cheddar cheese and pickles. Each bowl is high in protein from the lean ground beef and contain healthy fats like avocado and Greek yogurt for a balanced meal that satisfies every time! 

 

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We know what you’re probably thinking right now, “But where are the buns? Burgers aren’t complete without buns!” Yes, we will never argue the fact that a burger is always delicious when served on a bun, always! But if you’re part of our premium group, you know that one of our goals for 2021 was to include more plants in our diet. No, not house plants, plants as in veggies! 

Eating more plants in the summertime is usually pretty easy for us because, hello, big salads! But sometimes, we aren’t in the mood for a salad and are looking for something more substantial that includes a lean source of protein, carbs, veggies, and heart-healthy fats to carry us through the day. That’s where these lean beef burger bowls come into play! 

Each bowl contains a serving of grains (carbs), at least two different veggies, sometimes fruit, and a 4 ounce serving of lean beef protein. We went with a lean beef burger in these recipes because burgers just hit different in the summertime! 

A 3 oz cooked portion of lean beef (approx. 4 ounces raw) contains 10 essential nutrients and just 170 calories! If you’re wondering what type of beef is considered lean, check this out! 

A cut of fresh meat is considered “lean” when it contains less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per 100 grams (3½ oz) uncooked portion. This amount is equivalent to a 3 oz (85 grams) cooked portion known as the RACC (Reference Amount Customarily Consumed).

Per 100 grams:

  • Less than 10 grams of total fat
  • 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat
  • Less than 95 mg of cholesterol

In these burger recipes, we used 93% lean ground beef. Buying Ground Beef that’s 93% lean (or leaner), provides great flavor and convenience in a lean package.

Other lean beef protein options include:

TOP SIRLOIN STEAK

This versatile steak can be used in a multitude of ways. Whether cubed for kabobs, sliced into strips for stir-fry, or grilled straight up as a steak, you can count on Top Sirloin for good value and great flavor. 

STRIP STEAK (TOP LOIN STEAK)

With nicknames like New York Strip or Kansas City Steak, you’ve probably enjoyed a Strip Steak at home or at a restaurant! Delicious beefy taste and lots of mealtime versatility make this cut a popular choice! 

TENDERLOIN STEAK

There’s a good reason it’s called the Tenderloin. This steak ranks as the #1 most tender! It has a delicate beef flavor that can’t be beaten! 

So, when you go bold and make recipes like these burger bowls that contain lean beef and several plants, you are getting the health benefits from both! You’re getting the 10 essential nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron, and B vitamins that support a heart-healthy lifestyle from the beef, plus fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and lots of textures from the fruits and veggies! It’s a combination that wins every time! 

So, whether you’re a carnivore who is trying to include more plants in their diet or someone who is looking for alternative ways to add more lean protein to their weekly menu, these lean beef burger bowls, with FOUR options, are the best place to start! 

Here’s to enjoying the best flavors of summer burgers all year long in a balanced and nutritious way! Let’s dive into the recipes! Each recipe below serves four. Feel free to make half of two recipes one week or rotate through the recipes by week. Heck, you can also turn these lean beef burger bowls into a “build your own” bowl station at your next summer BBQ and give your guests endless options for creating something they like! Plus, you’d be teaching them about building a better-for-you lean beef + plant-based meal. We will take that as a win any day! 

 

The Greek Burger Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

For Burgers

  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef  
  • ¼ cup finely chopped white onion  
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano  
  • ½ tsp dried dill 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder  
  • ½ tsp black pepper  

For Serving 

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped 
  • ½ cup chopped parsley  
  • 2 cups uncooked farro, cooked according to package directions  
  • 1 pita, toasted and sliced into 8 wedges  
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt  
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice  
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • 1/8 tsp cracked pepper  

 

The Burrito Burger Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

For Burgers 

  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef  
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 2 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano  
  • 1 tsp sea salt  

For Serving 

  • ½  cups uncooked instant brown rice, cooked according to package directions  
  • 1 cup pico de gallo  
  • 1/2 cup prepared guacamole  
  • 1 cup drained black beans  
  • 1/2 cup salsa  

 

The Teriyaki Burger Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

For Burgers 

  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef  
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce  
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion  

For Serving 

  • ½ cups uncooked instant white or jasmine rice, cooked according to package directions  
  • 1 tbsp olive oil  
  • 8 pineapple slices  
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped red onion  
  • 2 cups chopped leafy lettuce  
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews  
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce  

 

The Deconstructed Cheeseburger Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

For Burgers 

  • 1 lb. ground beef 
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp paprika  
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder  
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder  
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper  

For Serving  

  • ½ cups uncooked quinoa, cooked according to package directions  
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce 
  • 1 cup chopped tomato 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese  
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickles 
  • 1/2 a medium avocado, sliced  
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard  
  • 2 tbsp honey  

 

Greek Burger Bowl Ingredients

Loaded Lean Beef Burger Bowls - 4 Ways!

These delicious burger bowls have a recipe to fit any craving. Teriyaki is full of tropical Asian flavors with green onion and grilled pineapple. Greek offers chewy farro and herby Mediterranean flavors. The burrito bowl has smoky Mexican flavor and cheeseburger is full of classic burger toppings like cheddar cheese and pickles. Each bowl is not only high in protein from the lean ground beef, but also contains healthy fats like avocado and Greek yogurt for a nutritious meal that satisfies! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, dinner, lean beef, lunch
Servings: 4 meals
Author: Meal Prep on Fleek

Ingredients

Greek Burger Bowl

    For Burgers

    • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
    • ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • ½ tsp dried dill
    • ½ tsp garlic powder
    • ½ tsp black pepper

    For Serving

    • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
    • 1 cup cucumber peeled and chopped
    • ½ cup chopped parsley
    • 2 cups uncooked farro cooked according to package directions
    • 1 pita toasted and sliced into 8 wedges
    • ½ cup Greek yogurt
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • ½ tsp sea salt
    • 1/8 tsp cracked pepper

    Burrito Burger Bowl

      For Burgers

      • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
      • 1 tbsp cumin
      • 2 tsp chili powder
      • 1 tsp dried oregano
      • 1 tsp sea salt

      For Serving

      • 1 ½ cups uncooked instant brown rice cooked according to package directions
      • 1 cup pico de gallo
      • 1/2 cup prepared guacamole
      • 1 cup drained black beans
      • 1/2 cup salsa

      Teriyaki Burger Bowl

        For Burgers

        • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
        • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
        • 1/4 cup minced green onion

        For Serving

        • 1 ½ cups uncooked instant white or jasmine rice cooked according to package directions
        • 1 tbsp olive oil
        • 8 pineapple slices
        • 1 cup coarsely chopped red onion
        • 2 cups chopped leafy lettuce
        • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
        • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

        Deconstructed Cheeseburger Bowl

          For Burgers

          • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
          • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
          • 1 tsp paprika
          • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
          • 1/2 tsp onion powder
          • 1/2 tsp black pepper

          For Serving

          • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa cooked according to package directions
          • 2 cups shredded lettuce
          • 1 cup chopped tomato
          • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
          • 1/4 cup sliced pickles
          • 1/2 medium avocado sliced
          • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
          • 2 tbsp honey

          Instructions

          Greek Burger Bowl

          • Combine ingredients for burgers in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Divide into 4 equal burger patties.
          • Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray. Cook burgers for 7-8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Cook until an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
          • Stir together yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Divide sauce between small sauce cups.
          • Divide cooked farro between 4 meal prep containers. Top each with 1 burger patty, cucumber, tomato, parsley and 2 pita wedges.

          Burrito Burger Bowl

          • Combine ingredients for burgers in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Divide into 4 equal burger patties.
          • Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray. Cook burgers for 7-8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Cook until an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
          • Divide cooked brown rice between 4 meal prep containers. Top each with a burger patty, pico de gallo, guacamole and black beans. Divide salsa between 4 small sauce cups.

          Teriyaki Burger Bowl

          • Combine ingredients for burgers in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Divide into 4 equal burger patties.
          • Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray. Cook burgers for 7-8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Cook until an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
          • Remove burgers from grill. Drizzle pineapple and red onion with olive oil and place on grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
          • Divide cooked rice between 4 meal prep containers. Top each with a burger patty. Add pineapple slices, red onion, lettuce and cashews. Divide teriyaki sauce between small sauce cups.

          Deconstructed Cheeseburger Bowl

          • Combine ingredients for burgers in a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Divide into 4 equal burger patties.
          • Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray. Cook burgers for 7-8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Cook until an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
          • Divide quinoa between 4 meal prep containers. Top each with a burger patty. Add lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sliced pickles, and sliced avocado.
          • Stir together honey and mustard in a small bowl and divide between 4 small sauce cups.

          Notes

          *Please note that each of these recipes makes FOUR meals! We suggest making one recipe per week! 
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