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These lettuce wrap burgers are the healthy, low-carb, and gluten-free answer to all your indulgent burger cravings. Load it up or keep it simple, either way, they’re a fun fresh twist on an old-fashioned hamburger!

Lettuce wrap burger on white plate.
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Easy and Juicy Bunless Burger

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy alternative to a nice juicy burger, you’ve come to the right spot. This lettuce wrap burger recipe is a healthy, portable(ish) easy lunch or a light dinner that does not skimp on all the things we love about a loaded and fabulous classic burger.

It’s a grilled hamburger with a simple salt and pepper seasoning, wrapped in crispy tender lettuce leaves, and topped with sliced tomato, sliced avocado, red onions, and whatever else you like. A slice of cheese for a cheeseburger perhaps? Load it up with as much drippy burger sauce as you’d like, or keep it simple and dainty. I mean, if you really want to go there, you could even eat it with a knife and a fork!

It’s very similar to a burger in a bowl, but not just without the hamburger bun, this time it’s without the bowl! Swap the beef for a turkey burger to keep it light or go the opposite direction and double stack your burger for days you’re extra hungry.

You hold it like a burger so you’ll never miss the bun. It’s low carb, gluten-free and simple to pull together in a pinch. A burger in a lettuce wrap is a yummy way to curb burger cravings while increasing your veggie intake. It’s a win for taste and health!

Burger patties on pan.

Best Type of Lettuce to Use

For this recipe, you want lettuce with leaves with a surface area big enough to wrap around and cup most of the burger and its toppings. When you’re making a burger salad, that’s a different story, but a lettuce burger needs to hold its own. Some good choices are iceberg, Romain, or Boston bibb. All are crispy, tasty, and flexible.

Vegetable toppings for burger.

Topping Ideas for a Lettuce Burger

Time to build the ultimate burger! Serve with the same sides you would as any burger. French fries are always a good idea!

Tips & Variations

  • To bake in the oven: To enjoy a baked hamburger, place burgers on a cooling rack sitting on a baking sheet lined with foil. Cook at 425ºF for 15 minutes or until the juices run clear. The internal temperature should read 155ºF.
  • Swap beef with ground lamb, chicken, or turkey.
  • For additional seasoning for the burger, use this hamburger seasoning.
  • Grab a bowl and have a burger in a bowl instead, especially if you’re at work!
  • Remove the extra grease on a paper towel once it’s cooked. Too much extra grease will cause everything to get too soggy and fall apart on you.
Lettuce wrap burger on white plate.

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Lettuce Wrap Burger

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These lettuce wrap burgers are the healthy, low-carb, and gluten-free answer to all your indulgent burger cravings. Load it up or keep it simple, either way, they're a fun fresh twist on an old-fashioned hamburger!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 1 pound ground beef , could sub for ground turkey
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Lettuce Wrap

  • 4 lettuce cups
  • 1 tomato , sliced

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, pickles, avocado, onions, bacon, burger sauce


    • Combine the hamburger, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl. Then form 4 patties and press a thumbprint into the center. Cook in a skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 155ºF. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to catch any extra grease.
    • While the hamburgers are cooling, prepare your desired toppings.
    • Divide the lettuce onto four plates. Once the hamburgers have slightly cooled, add to the top of lettuce. Then add desired toppings.
    • Serve while warm. Store leftover meat separate from the toppings.


    To bake in the oven:
    • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Then place a cooling rack on top of the foil wrapped pan.
    • Place burgers on rack and cook for 15 minutes, or until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 155°F. 
    Variation: For a delicious twist, add in pickled onions, caramelized onions or fajita veggies.  
    Nutrition Value does not include toppings. 


    Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 845mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5912IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 5mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American

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