there is little that 'lynx' can do that 'wget' cannot also do. 'curl' is also a useful utility. however, you are not clear about your needs. From your original post:
lynx -minimal -source "$URL"
all this does is to dump the source to stdout (on your screen). To mimic this with 'wget' or 'curl' :
# use '-' to write to stdout
wget -q "$URL" -O -
# writes to stdout by default
you will get the same result with any of these commands, and wget and curl have much better support for SSL. If this does not address your needs then be more clear with what you are trying to do.