Over the past few years, I have eliminated most, if not all, of the unhealthy foods that my family used to eat. We no longer eat anything fried, we reduced the size of our main dish while increasing the sizes of our vegetable portions, and we make sure that anything we consume contains only real, unprocessed ingredients. Another change we made was reducing the amount of red meat we eat. Because red meat is high in saturated fat (and Mr. Real Food needs to watch his cholesterol levels), I try replacing it every chance I get with chicken, fish or a vegetarian dish.
But every now and then I want a burger. You know the kind I mean – a thick, juicy patty in a freshly baked bun, loaded with my favorite ingredients. I’ll admit that I do indulge in a burger from time to time, but it’s pretty rare.
Fortunately, I was able to find the perfect replacement!
As I was loading up my basket at Costco, I discovered Trident Seafoods® Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers in the freezer section and thought they would be perfect as a burger replacement.
I have to admit though that I’m not a huge fan of fish. Since fish is such a healthy option because of the heart healthy Omega-3s, I am usually willing to try different types at least once. And if it doesn’t have a fishy taste, I will eat it again. I guess you could say I am a picky fish eater 🙂
I usually stick with salmon since my entire family enjoys it and it’s quick and easy to cook. I had never tried Alaskan Pollock before so I read up on it. I discovered that Alaskan Pollock has a mild flavor similar to cod and provides all of the benefits of seafood. Like I mentioned earlier, fish is naturally packed with healthy Omega-3s, which can significantly improve heart health, brain function, mental health, vision, and memory. According to the American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic, and alaskaseafood.org, studies have shown that these healthy fats can help fight diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and possibly even cancer. They have significantly less fat, calories and cholesterol than beef burgers, making them an excellent alternative to beef burgers.
In all honesty, I know that a lot of people (sometimes including me) make food decisions based on time and ease of preparation. We’re all busy, right? And sometimes it’s challenging to get a healthy meal on the table.
These Alaskan Pollock California burgers contain all of the goodness of a regular hamburger. And just like a beef burger, these burgers can be grilled, baked in the oven or pan fried. Since the heat index here is above 100 degrees these days, I decided to pan fry them. It only takes about 5 minutes on each side and you’re ready to eat!
To make these burgers, I heated a little oil in my skillet and added the burgers. I cooked them for 5 minutes on each side.
After the burgers were done, I added some spinach to a bun in place of lettuce since spinach is packed with so many more nutrients than lettuce. I topped the spinach with a burger, added some guacamole and onion sprouts. That’s seriously all there is to it!
I served the burgers with oven baked sweet potato fries because all burgers should be served with fries! The entire meal couldn’t be easier and my family loved it!
I was so amazed at how delicious the burgers were that I’ll be experimenting with other recipes. They would be perfect in wraps or sliced and added to a salad. You could even serve them alone with some guacamole and veggies for a low carb meal. The possibilities are endless – with or without the bun!
Alaskan Pollock California Burger
4 Trident Alaskan Pollock Burgers
4 hamburger buns
1 cup guacamole
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in skillet.
Add patties to skillet, cooking on each side for about 5 minutes.
Place spinach on hamburger bun.
Top with burger, guacamole, and onion sprouts.
Enjoy with a side of baked sweet potato fries!