Lettuce Wrap Burger

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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!

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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!

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    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.

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    lettuce wrap burger on white plate

    Lettuce Wrap Burger

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Lettuce Wrap Burger
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 370
    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!

    Ingredients

    Burger

    • 1 pound ground beef , could sub for ground turkey
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Lettuce Wrap

    • 4 lettuce cups
    • 1 tomato , sliced

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

      Instructions

      • 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.
        burger patties on pan
      • While the hamburgers are cooling, prepare your desired toppings.
        vegetable toppings for burger
      • Divide the lettuce onto four plates. Once the hamburgers have slightly cooled, add to the top of lettuce. Then add desired toppings.
        building lettuce wrap burger on plate
      • Serve while warm. Store leftover meat separate from the toppings.
        lettuce wrap burger on white plate

      Notes

      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. 

      Nutrition

      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
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