It wasn’t that long ago that the thought of a burger without a bun sounded as strange as not eating bread on a daily basis. But now I’d rather eat my burger grain-free (you’ll see why when you read this recipe!), and bread is only a once-in-a-while thing. (It’s really got to be worth it now.) I’m not always great overall at eating low-carb or paleo or grain-free or whatever you want to call it, but I get a little better here and there all the time. Figuring out recipes like this make it easy!
By the way, my kids are brutally honest with me and let me know that my picture above was not a good one. But if you could’ve seen the first picture I took of this, you’d think this one was a gem…
I didn’t know if I should call this post “Grain-free Hamburger” or “Hamburger Salad” or “Bunless Burger Bonanza“, which do you like best?
The following is for one big serving. (I happily pig out on this whole thing myself.)
- Grill or fry hamburgers, we like them both ways. (Sources for healthy grass-fed meat.) You might like to chop up an onion to mix into your meat before cooking like we do. We also buy pastured ground beef that has heart ground up with it for more nutrients. There’s no taste difference, not even a little. Don’t forget to sprinkle with sea salt and pepper for best flavor. Either melt a piece of cheese on top of your burger, or just add some shredded cheese as you’re putting the rest of the ingredients together below.
- Secret Ingredient: This truly makes the burger DREAMY… In the meantime, in a small frying pan sauté a whole chopped onion with 4 T. butter, moving the pieces around often, until onions are nice and golden brown. (I like them really golden brown.) This takes less time if your heat is on the medium-high side, but don’t leave them or it burns quickly. (You never want to eat burnt food due to the formation of free-radicals which can cause cancer.) You could also add a splash of balsamic vinegar to caramelize the onions even more, yum!
Add the following to a nice-sized salad bowl and toss together:
- A few handfuls of romaine lettuce, torn.
- Your cooked hamburger, cut into bite-sized pieces.
- About half of a tomato, cut into bite-sized pieces.
- One ripe avocado, chopped.
- One dill pickle, chopped.
- The browned onions. This gives it such a yummy crunch!
- Shredded cheddar cheese.
- Anything else good that I forgot?
Add a squirt or two of organic ketchup, a dollop of homemade mayo, and however much mustard you like, then toss together. (Pretty easy salad dressing, eh?) My friend, Megan, came over and had this with me and she wanted Ancho chili mayo on hers.
I can’t wait to hear if you love this as much as I do!