It's only been pretty recently that I've started liking burgers again. I ate them a lot growing up, but then I went through my "I won't eat anything with fat" phase in high school and college, and hamburgers sort of went off my radar. Now I love a good burger every once in awhile (with blue cheese, and preferably from Spotted Pig), but what I've come to realize is that I actually prefer non-beef burgers.

It's not that I don't like the taste of hamburgers, it's just that I don't like the way I feel afterwards. So I've had fun creating new – and lighter – flavor combos, like chicken with zucchini, mint, and feta, or these cute little spiced lamb sliders with tzatkiki sauce, and my new favorite: lemongrass salmon burgers with avocado wasabi mayo. I love the clean, Asian flavors in these burgers, served with the creamy-spicy sauce. And best of all, I love that I don't feel heavy or bloated after eating it. This would be delicious with an aromatic Quincy white wine from the Loire Valley, or a dry rose from Provence. Hope this gets you excited for's just around the corner! :)


(Photos by Signe Birck; props from ABC Home.)