As Gigi Hadid says, “Eat clean to stay fit; have a burger to stay sane.” And today, that is exactly what we plan to do! These burgers are the right way to do cheat day. Filled with all your favorite foods, from goat’s cheese to guacamole, these recipes are sure to hit the spot when you’re needing a gourmet cheat day. Throw together some home made fries, or a green salad for your side, grab a bun and get ready to cheat at your diet for one, glorious meal. Enjoy!


1. Blue Cheese and Crispy Fried Onion Burgers

This recipe is just too good to be true! It has everything we love and so much more. Burgers taste better when they’re made at home to start with, so when you add all these special toppings, nothing can beat it!  Photos By: Jo Cooks

2. Mushroom Beef Burger

Mushrooms are just SO good on a burger. Make this simple yet memorable recipe to fill your belly with a whole pile of tasty goodness and get you in the mood for summertime! Photos By: A Healthy Life For Me


3. Halloumi Burgers with Sticky Cheese Sauce

Getting tired of the same old burger? This Halloumi burger will surprise your tastebuds in the best way possible. You’ll never make the same old burger after this with all the inspiration hidden within this recipe. Photos By: Kitchen Sanctuary


4. Mexican Guacamole Burgers

Who doesn’t love a little guac? I actively look for recipes that require guacamole just as an excuse to eat more of it. And with all those healthy fats, why wouldn’t you want to eat more? This burger is packed with the good stuff and pairs well with some nacho chips and salsa. Photos By: Tastes of Lizzy T

5. Fried Mozzarella and Sun Dried Tomato Burgers

This fancy schmancy burger is the perfect little treat for a day where you’re too tired to get dressed up to go out for a fancy supper, but are still wanting that gourmet meal for cheat day. Photos By: Foodie With Family


6. Bacon Jam Burger with Gruyere Cheese

Bacon. Jam. Yes, it’s a thing and it’s calling your name along with all the other delicious toppings on this fluffy burger bun. Don’t forget to pair with your favorite summer drink for a perfect TGIF meal. Photos By: Foxvalley Foodie


7. Balsamic Caramelized Onion Turkey Burgers

If you want to master one topping that goes well on any kind of meat or meal, it’s balsamic caramelized onions. They taste incredible on anything, but they truly take your burger to the next level. Photos By: The Foodie and the Fix


8. Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

No ketchup here! Get your teriyaki fix with this sweet burger that is packed with pineapple and a whole lot of sauce. These burgers will be a crowd favorite from dinner parties to BBQ’s and have guests asking for seconds. Photos By: Recipe Runner

9. Loaded Beef Hamburgers

It has everything! Topped off with a fried egg and an amazing beef patty, you can’t go wrong here. Add whatever sauces you wish to make this meal your own. Photos By: Recipe Tin Eats

10. Bacon Burgers with Bourbon Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

So much deliciousness in one bun. The creamy goat cheese contrasts so well with the thick beef patty and ever so sweet onions. The arugula adds a fresh twist to create your ultimate cheat day burger that is simple yet exciting. Photos By: Recipe Runner

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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