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Burger Bun Substitute

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Created May 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I hate the thought of using just lettuce leaves in place of the bun... is that the usual strategy? Or is there some bun-like substance that I could buy at the supermarket or some specialty store? Or a quick recipe that I could make at home? Something with almond flour, I'd guess?

I'm hoping to find something that I could buy, since I don't cook that much, but it might be worth it to prepare something for special occasions.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 02, 2010
at 05:32 PM

I just bought some for this purpose - but I don't know if I'll like it. A fork works for me!

89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

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on June 22, 2010
at 11:21 PM

Egg whites are amazing!!! It's incredible how versatile they are!

Bebc8909d95205d0f266c839304c7d3c

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on May 19, 2010
at 05:33 AM

Ahh yes, I used to get those cravings too. After a while, however, I began to associate bread with the sugar crashes, bloating, and other stuff that come afterward... those were things I used to think were normal. Now, the idea of bread is mostly unappealing to me, and it's easy enough to pass up. Thinking about home-made burgers wrapped in lettuce makes me drool though! The cool balance of the lettuce countering the heat of the burger is really great.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on May 18, 2010
at 01:55 AM

Oh golly! I avoid agave. I usually mention that I either leave it out or use stevia (to taste). Sorry that I forgot to mention that!

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 18, 2010
at 01:49 AM

Do you include the agave nectar that the recipe calls for, or use something else instead? I thought that agave nectar wasn't a "paleo-approved" food. Is it really better than sugar?

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on May 17, 2010
at 02:11 AM

If you cook them they get very juicy. I've done this and it's better raw.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on May 17, 2010
at 12:18 AM

Marina - the site isn't mine. That's a blog I found and I liked his recipes.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 16, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Very true, and def something to strive for, but sometimes it is hard to find the time. I also have the added challenge of limited kitchen privileges in my current housing situation.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on May 16, 2010
at 03:00 AM

I'll add this here since it's not really an answer to your question. I've found that I need to learn to cook my own food. I recognize that my dependence on buying food pre-made contributed to my long-term-though-departing corpulent condition. This morning, on Facebook, I wrote "I need to stop buying food. I need to start buying ingredients and making food." I need to tattoo that backwards on my forehead!

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 15, 2010
at 10:32 PM

Sorry! meant to add that we now do tacos the same way: meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes,salsa, refried beans, sour cream ... and a big spoon! (note: my hubby and kids are LC, not paleo)

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 15, 2010
at 07:20 PM

Looks great, thank you! I just wish these were available at stores, since I cook so rarely.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 15, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I love(d) pita bread! Will def have to try this at some point, once I psych myself up to cooking something that takes more than a quarter hour...

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 15, 2010
at 06:50 PM

I can see how lettuce leaves would work, and, don't get me wrong, I love lettuce and sometimes eat it all by itself. But I guess I was hoping for something bread-like. I'm one of those unfortunate people who adores bread and bread products like bagels and burger buns, and I didn't want to feel deprived of the full burger experience (as I've come to know it from childhood).

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 15, 2010
at 06:46 PM

Thanks Annika and Vivian - I'd have to cook the mushrooms first, right? I am curious about what that sort of burger would taste like.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on May 15, 2010
at 06:44 PM

Thanks Aaron, sounds simple enough for even a reluctant, novice cook like me... and I also saw the zucchini version on your site, which seems even better, since I have a hard time thinking of coconut and burger together...

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on May 15, 2010
at 06:42 PM

These look great! A definite must have!

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:01 PM

I like to make burgers with the "SoG Coconut Griddle Cakes" as buns. I add some spices - garlic - whatever you like to balance the coconut flavor out. There's a lot you can do with them. You could also probably mix almond-flour in to replace some coconut.

I made burgers with these, bacon, onion, and jalapenos last week. Delicious!

http://www.sonofgrok.com/2009/03/the-mcsog-breakfast-sandwich/

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on May 17, 2010
at 12:18 AM

Marina - the site isn't mine. That's a blog I found and I liked his recipes.

326ddac1e74e7e2d4dc7d0f4d0aacad0

(80)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:42 PM

These look great! A definite must have!

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:44 PM

Thanks Aaron, sounds simple enough for even a reluctant, novice cook like me... and I also saw the zucchini version on your site, which seems even better, since I have a hard time thinking of coconut and burger together...

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6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on May 15, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Richard Nikoley recently posted about eating burgers "double down" style, with two burgers on the outside and the fixins in the middle. Then wrap the whole thing in paper. Link: http://freetheanimal.com/2010/05/if-its-good-enough-for-meatza-its-good-enough-for-a-double-down-burger.html

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on June 22, 2010
at 11:20 PM

Grilled Eggplant slices! :) A little messy but worth it because it's very good!

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8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 15, 2010
at 10:30 PM

Great Cthulhu! i can't even imagine a bun now, lol.

I make big ol' beef patties, toss 'em on a plate, smother with cheese, chili, shredded lettuce, mustard and grab a fork and go to town! I've even divorced my husband and 5 children from the notion of buns. We have both hamburgers and hotdogs as slabs of meat with fixins piled on top!

If I were you, I'd abandon the concept of "burgers on buns" and enjoy what has always been the VERY BEST of a burger anyway: The middle. :D

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 15, 2010
at 10:32 PM

Sorry! meant to add that we now do tacos the same way: meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes,salsa, refried beans, sour cream ... and a big spoon! (note: my hubby and kids are LC, not paleo)

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 15, 2010
at 07:20 PM

Looks great, thank you! I just wish these were available at stores, since I cook so rarely.

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8b8272191277eafed53a44f28273e5f7

(188)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:36 PM

Huge portobello mushrooms top and bottom make great burger transporters.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:46 PM

Thanks Annika and Vivian - I'd have to cook the mushrooms first, right? I am curious about what that sort of burger would taste like.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on May 17, 2010
at 02:11 AM

If you cook them they get very juicy. I've done this and it's better raw.

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Bebc8909d95205d0f266c839304c7d3c

on May 15, 2010
at 06:10 PM

I often use lettuce leaves. They work quite well actually. A rugged lettuce like romaine often fares better than softer leaf lettuce. The only problem is that lettuce is non-absorbent, so be prepared for juices to be dripping down your arm as you eat your burger. Sometimes a fork and knife is a good strategy for preventing wardrobe disasters. :)

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:50 PM

I can see how lettuce leaves would work, and, don't get me wrong, I love lettuce and sometimes eat it all by itself. But I guess I was hoping for something bread-like. I'm one of those unfortunate people who adores bread and bread products like bagels and burger buns, and I didn't want to feel deprived of the full burger experience (as I've come to know it from childhood).

Bebc8909d95205d0f266c839304c7d3c

(347)

on May 19, 2010
at 05:33 AM

Ahh yes, I used to get those cravings too. After a while, however, I began to associate bread with the sugar crashes, bloating, and other stuff that come afterward... those were things I used to think were normal. Now, the idea of bread is mostly unappealing to me, and it's easy enough to pass up. Thinking about home-made burgers wrapped in lettuce makes me drool though! The cool balance of the lettuce countering the heat of the burger is really great.

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16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on December 02, 2010
at 04:42 PM

I surround my burger pattie in other burger patties. TRIPLE DOWN!

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Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

(1356)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:34 PM

I've heard of people using portabella mushrooms as buns, but haven't tried it myself. I just use a fork.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 02, 2010
at 05:32 PM

I just bought some for this purpose - but I don't know if I'll like it. A fork works for me!

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92894924b5d2a542a650f3f778f53535

(130)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:01 PM

I use egg whites. I had a meringue failure a few weeks ago and it came out like a thick peta bread. Just whip a bunch of egg whites and bake it at 350 for 25/30 minutes and let it sit out and deflate. Little eggy tasting but the texture it pretty good. It's an idea anyway :P

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 15, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I love(d) pita bread! Will def have to try this at some point, once I psych myself up to cooking something that takes more than a quarter hour...

89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

(912)

on June 22, 2010
at 11:21 PM

Egg whites are amazing!!! It's incredible how versatile they are!

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on May 15, 2010
at 07:58 PM

When I want a bun, I sometimes use the almond-flour pancake recipe found here.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on May 18, 2010
at 01:49 AM

Do you include the agave nectar that the recipe calls for, or use something else instead? I thought that agave nectar wasn't a "paleo-approved" food. Is it really better than sugar?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on May 18, 2010
at 01:55 AM

Oh golly! I avoid agave. I usually mention that I either leave it out or use stevia (to taste). Sorry that I forgot to mention that!

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