Instead of going out for an overpriced burger, here is what I propose...Buy a box of Trader Joe's frozen turkey burger patties. Any other plain turkey or beef patty would work well here, but these are what I've been using. Each patty is a nearly perfect portion of protein (22g). And the ingredients are simple: turkey, kosher salt, rosemary extract.
While you can of course grill the patties and make burgers, I've found a tastier alternative. Add them to vegetable salads! This is not just another lettuce salad, but a more calculated concoction of veggies, herbs, and spices.
For the basic dressing stir together: 1tbs olive oil, 1tbs vinegar or citrus juice, 1/4tsp dried thyme (basil, oregano, chili powder, cumin would be tasty as well).
For the veggies pick any three of the following and thinly slice about 2-3 cups worth: Fennel, Red Onion, Cucumber, Celery, Radish, Zucchini, Carrots, Bell Pepper, Asparagus, Jicama.
After the burger is done cooking cut it up into bite size pieces and add it to the veggies and dressing. This dish travels well; take it to work and you'll be then envy of everyone ordering out.
For a creamy version, use a tablespoon of real mayonnaise such as Hain or Lemonaise, add a table spoon of stone ground mustard and several good dashes of curry powder. Top this one with some chopped nuts or green onion. For anyone who's a vegetarian, this same idea can be done with canned tuna or salmon, 3 hardboiled eggs, or even extra firm tofu/ tempeh.
Some men and very tall or active women may need to cook up two patties for a lunch or supper, but one patty should suffice for most people's breakfast. Just sprinkle on a little extra rosemary and black pepper for a quick breakfast "sausage." Eat right away, or pack it up with leftover steamed cauliflower and carrots for a commuter friendly breakfast. Either way, you are well fueled and ready to face the day!