Burgers are pretty much the unofficial food of summer. But they’re not always kind to our waistline. An easy place to cut back is the bun. (Who really looks forward to that slightly stale bread, anyway?) We’ve rounded up 11 tasty bun alternatives.
Sweet Potato Falafel Burger and Avocado Bun
Open wide. (No one’s judging if you use a fork and knife, though.)
Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Burger Served “Bunless”
Ripe summer beefsteak tomato slices > bread.
You could also just use the entire tomato as a bun. That works, too.
Cajun Burgers with Sweet Potato Buns
Just like sandwiching your burger between two giant sweet potato fries.
Marinated Portobello Cashew Cheese Burgers with Herbs & Tomatoes
The exact shape and size as a classic bun—but twice as juicy.
Cauliflower Crust Hamburgers
Cauliflower, how do we love thee? But seriously, you can be turned into anything.
Chicken Katsu Sushi Burger
OK, so this recipe replaces carbs with carbs. But sushi-rice buns surrounding Japanese-style fried chicken is totally not boring.
Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers
It’s almost like pineapple was designed to go on hamburgers.
Cheeseburger Salad Bowls
Meet the deconstructed burger. It’s basically modern art.
The Italiano Burger with Zucchini Bun
This drool-worthy cheesy vegan eggplant burger is lodged between two spiralized buns.
Bunless Moroccan Lamb Burger with Pickled Beets & Tzatziki
Opt for sturdy, wide leaves like romaine or Boston lettuce.