“I’ll have a hamburger, hold the bun”
If you are on a grain free diet, it’s more than likely that you’ve spoken these words, either at a restaurant or backyard barbecue. A hamburger without a bun is more like a meat patty than a hamburger, though. It defeats the whole point of a handheld packet of meat and filling.
Here are 10 options that I’ve used to create grain free paleo hamburger buns. Feel free to mix your favorite bun with your favorite fillings. I hope you enjoy the ideas!
1. Paleo Sandwich Rounds
You’ll never guess the main ingredient in these easy grain free sandwich rounds: shredded carrot! They require only 5 minutes of prep.
Recipe: Paleo Sandwich Rounds from me
2. Plantain Sandwich Rounds
Without grains, dairy, nuts/seeds, coconut, and eggs, this recipe is fits the bill if you have numerous food restrictions. It’s a great bun for the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol.
Recipe: Plantain Sandwich Rounds from Delicious Obsessions
3. Sweet Potato Buns
A virtually one-ingredient way to make a paleo hamburger bun? Slice sweet potatoes with the skin on, then grill or bake. It pairs wonderfully with slighter sweeter meat, such as bison.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Sliders with Portobello, Red Pepper and Pesto from Our Four Forks
4. Paleo Hamburger Buns – with cashews
Cashews create a homemade, neutral-tasting nut flour for the base in these hamburger buns.
Recipe: Paleo Hamburger Buns from Against All Grain
5. Paleo Hamburger Buns – with coconut flour and tapioca flour
These are soft and hold up well to fillings. It’s an excellent nut-free option, featuring coconut (which is not a tree nut) and tapioca flour. You can find tapioca flour here or at most health food stores.
Recipe: Paleo Hamburger Buns from A Girl Worth Saving
6. Tomato Buns
Sun-ripened tomatoes can house your burger and accompaniments. You might wish to scoop out the seeds to make a less juicy bun.
Recipe: Tomato Buns from The Iron You
7. Portobello Mushroom Buns
Quickly roasted, portobellos make a meaty and “bready” paleo hamburger bun.
Recipe: Portobello Buns from The Iron You
8. Paleo Hamburger Buns – with coconut flour
A simple and tasty recipe featuring nutrient-dense coconut flour, eggs and butter.
Recipe: Coconut Flour Hamburger Buns from SCD Foodie
9. Paleo Hamburger Buns – with taro and coconut flour
This recipe uses cooked taro, a starchy root vegetable often found in Asian food markets. It’s an excellent grain free baking ingredient.
Recipe: Hamburger Buns from Studio Snacks
10. Butternut Flatbread
I love the versatility of these grain free flatbreads, which use a bit of grassfed gelatin for structure and a nutrient-boost. Use them for sandwiches, mini pizza crusts or hamburger buns.
Recipe: Grain Free Butternut Flatbread from me
Do you have any other ideas for bread-free hamburger buns? If you enjoy these ideas, please share with your friends and family!
Thank you for sharing! I just started my low carb/paleo lifestyle so am very excited about trying this. I did a 21 day sugar detox that really helped me get started. Here’s a link if anyone is interested http://www.lowcarbreviewsite.com/21-day-sugar-detox/
Tapioca and Sweet Potato aren’t exactly paleo. They’re starchy tubers. Tapioca – actually derived from cassava root. Anyway, both are a listed by Dr.Cordain as being on the “don’t eat” list. Just pointing that out.
I thought that sweet potato was eggplant and I thought…that’s interesting. Then I read it was sweet potato. It gave me an idea though…grilled eggplant “buns” I’m pretty sure it will work 🙂
I usually do lettuce as the buns, more like a burger wrap I guess. I’ve also used bell pepper halves, but really depends on the size of your patty and bell peppers. The bell pepper added a crunchiness that I was missing. 🙂
Thank you for the interesting hamburger ideas.
I read this article http://animal-welfare.org/worlds-best-burger/.
A foodie startup named Impossible Foods has made a delicious vegan burger that meat lovers will enjoy.
What other readers think about that?
just came across this, was linked from cookeatpaleo.com, love this! Plantain buns wow, sweet potato buns too, love all of these, though curious about tomato buns…thank you for all of these!
looking for thoughts and comments on when you order a burger without a bun. How would you prefer it. Do you wrap it in lettuce, lettuce on the side, build your own, wedge of lettuce? Whats the best way?
Best if they serve it like some do at restaurants, lettuce on bottom, second half on side.
MMM, looks nice! I am a vegan, so I like to cook something like this vegetable burger) Once, I made the vegetable dinner and used the best vegetable peeler from the review. It’s really good! Dinner was beautiful and even my husband ate it)
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