Salt Lake City: Protein House

Tags: healthy

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to eat a lot better and fuel my body, which for me looks like eating a ton of protein and veggies throughout the day. But I have this problem where as soon as I try to start doing this, all my mind can think is “burgers, burgers, burgers, burgers.” I don’t even eat burgers that much, so I have no idea why I crave them like crazy! Luckily, I stumbled upon Protein House: a new restaurant in Draper that can help me fuel that craving while still keeping me on the path I want to be on.

When my husband and I first stepped inside, we immediately noticed how clean and well designed it is. It’s designed to look like a crossfit gym with big garage doors, starch white lines, and inspirational block letters on the walls. I knew I was in the right place for getting and staying fit.

My eyes jumped straight to the burgers as I looked over the menu, since that was what we came for, after all. There were a lot of other tempting options though, like the chopped salad, the salmon bowl, and the yummy smoothies. I decided to go with the Protein House burger and Colby got the barbecue turkey burger. We watched a soccer game on one of their many TVs while we waited for our food.

The Protein House burger is a ground bison patty topped with four egg whites, fat free cheddar, lettuce and tomatoes. There’s also the option to get a gluten-free bun or an Ezekiel bun, but their default is a whole wheat one. As a side, I ordered the sweet potato sticks. The burger arrived in front of me and it was massive. I munched down on it and realized the four egg whites were a little too much for me – it sounds like a good punch of protein on paper but as someone with a lot of picky texture preferences, I couldn’t do it. I removed them, added a little mustard, and it was good to go! The bison burger was cooked well and the other toppings rounded it off perfectly. The sweet potato on the side was delicious as well and was really the perfect pairing.

Colby’s barbecue turkey burger, though, was the star of the show. Topped with fat free cheddar, Canadian bacon, barbecue sauce (of course), and a medley of peppers, red onions, and mushrooms, it was the best blend of flavors and the perfect healthy burger. We split both our meals and I was definitely wishing I had a little more of his.

I can’t wait to go back to Protein House and try some more of their tempting (and robust) options, but in the meantime, I’m happy to know I have a place to go if I’m feeling a burger that I won’t feel guilty about!

Protein House (12259 S 450 East, Suite B, Draper // 801.601.1238)

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