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Gluten-Free Burger (So Easy!)

by Capri Lilly

Enjoy a juicy gluten-free burger made from scratch with 5 simple ingredients! These delicious, hearty burger patties are made without pesky fillers and binders like wheat and bread crumbs. It’s way better than any fast food restaurant burger! You can whip them up easily on the stovetop or grill them.

Want more tasty gluten-free burger recipes to try? Check out this Lamb Burger or Bison Burger next! If you want a plant-based option, try our Beet Quinoa Burger or Grilled Pineapple Beyond Burger Recipe. (Beyond burgers are 100% gluten-free!)

gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

Making gluten-free burgers is super easy and inherently it should be! If you purchase 100% ground beef, pork, lamb, chicken, or whichever meat you like, it does not contain gluten. However, many store-bought burger patties or burgers served at restaurants may contain gluten.

Is Ground Beef Gluten-Free? Yes! On its own, ground beef is completely gluten-free.

Are Burgers Usually Gluten-Free? Not necessarily. Many burgers contain hidden gluten-containing ingredients like soy sauce and breadcrumbs, or can be cross-contaminated with gluten-containing ingredients.

gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

Luckily, you can take all the guesswork out of determining if a burger is gluten-free by easily making your own. This is the best gluten-free hamburger recipe because it is simple, quick, easy, and tastes absolutely delicious! I guarantee you’ll love it.

Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe. Its:

  • Easily Customizable: Keep it simple and season with salt and pepper. Or you can go all out and add your favorite burger seasoning.
  • A Great source of protein: Lean ground beef is a great source of high-quality protein and just 3 ounces provide you with 22 grams of protein!
  • Versatile: Enjoy your burger on its own, or pair it with fries, turn it into a burger salad, or enjoy with your favorite vegetables.
  • Perfect for a quick meal: These burgers are ready in less than 30 minutes!
  • Diet Friendly: These burgers are Whole30 compliant, Keto, Paleo, and completely dairy-free!
ingredients shown lean ground beef coconut aminos egg 3 garlic cloves minced onion seasonings

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Lean Ground Beef: Use high-quality ground beef for the best flavor. (between 80%-85% lean is perfect)
  • Egg: Just one egg is needed to help bind the ingredients
  • Coconut Aminos: This gluten-free soy sauce alternative gives the burgers a delicious umami flavor.
  • Garlic and Onion: Optional, but adds delicious flavor
  • Spices: You’ll need Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Smoked Paprika, and any other seasoning you wish to add.

Optional Add-ins

  • Barbecue Sauce: Some people like to add bbq sauce to their burger patties for added flavor. You can use your favorite gluten-free barbecue sauce, or you can make your own using our 15-minute homemade barbecue sauce recipe.
  • Additional Spices: Add a mix of herbs and spices like parsley, oregano, chili powder, onion powder, or any of your favorite spice blends.
  • Almond Flour: almond flour makes the burger patty mixture firmer and further binds the ingredients. These burgers certainly don’t need it, but feel free to add almond flour if you like.
gluten free burger patties

How To Make Gluten-Free Burgers

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the burger patties.
  2. Divide the ground beef into 4-5 equal portions, form each into one-inch patties and place a shallow thumb-size indent in the center of the patties. Place the patties on a plate or baking sheet. Then, transfer the patties into the fridge to chill for at least 10 minutes (30 minutes, if time permits).
  3. Preheat a cast-iron skillet, griddle, or stainless-steel frying pan over medium-high heat. Heat the butter or cooking oil in the pan.
  4. Place the patties in the pan, being sure to leave a bit of space between each burger.
  5. Cook the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, until they’re cooked to your desired internal temperature is reached. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Serve burgers with your favorite gluten-free buns and toppings! Enjoy

Burger Cooking Time Suggestions:

  • Medium-rare (red in the middle): 6 minutes total, or 130 to 135°F
  • Medium (pink in the middle): 7 to 8 minutes total, 140 to 145°F
  • Medium-well (a smidge of pink in the middle): 9 minutes total, 150 to 155°F
  • Well-done (no pink): 10 minutes total, 160 to 165°
five fully cooked burger patties on a plate

Want To Grill These Burgers? Here’s What To Do:

  1. Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil.
  2. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes per side, depending on your desired doneness/internal temperature is reached.

Storage and Rewarming

Store any leftover burgers without toppings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the burgers in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until warm. You can also rewarm the burgers on the stove or in the air fryer. Air Fryer at 350°F for about 2 minutes, or until warm.

gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

Tips For Making Juicy Burgers

  • Do not overwork the meat when making the patties. The more you handle the meat before cooking, the tougher the finished burger.
  • If time permits, transfer the mixture into the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This helps the burgers get a nice sear and remain tender and juicy on the inside while cooking.
  • Do not move the patties around a bunch or flip them several times when cooking.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan: Work in batches if necessary.
  • Cast-Iron Works Best: When making burgers on the stovetop, cast iron works best to get the perfect sear and caramelized outer layer.
  • Pro Tip: When preparing the patties, make a small indentation in the center of the patty with your thumb. When you are grilling the patties, stick an ice cube in the center. This will add a bit of extra moisture to the patties.
  • Frozen Patties: If using frozen burger patties, you will need to add additional cooking time per side.
gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

Common Questions and FAQs:

What Temperature Are Burgers Done?

The USDA recommends that any ground meat be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160°F to destroy any harmful bacteria and to ensure the meat is safe for consumption. Cooking to the temp of 160°F will result in well-done burgers.

Are Burger Buns Gluten-Free?

Typical burger buns do contain gluten as they are generally made out of wheat flour. If you want a gluten-free bun, be sure to purchase one clearly labeled gluten-free. Alternatively, you can use lettuce wraps as buns.

Does Cheese Have Gluten?

100 perfect natural cheeses do not typically contain gluten. However, processed cheese may contain gluten-based ingredients to improve its texture, shape, and taste.

gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

Healthy Substitutes For Buns:

There are many ways you can enjoy your burger without the traditional burger bun. Here are a few tasty ways to replace your burger bun:

  • Lettuce Wraps (aka protein style!)
  • Large Portobello Mushrooms
  • Sliced Eggplant Dials (like this Grilled Garlic Herb Eggplant)
  • Sliced Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Or enjoy it bunless!

What To Eat With Your Gluten-Free Burger

gluten free burger on a gluten free bun served with sweet potato fries

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Gluten-Free Burger Recipe (So Easy!)

Enjoy a juicy gluten-free burger made from scratch with 5 simple ingredients! These delicious, hearty burger patties are made without pesky fillers and binders like wheat and bread crumbs. It's way better than any fast food restaurant burger! You can whip them up easily on the stovetop or grill them.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Onion, finely chopped optional
  • 3 Garlic Cloves or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper more or less to taste

Optional Add-ins

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the burger patties.
  • Divide the ground beef into 4-5 equal portions, form each into one-inch patties and place a shallow thumb-size indent in the center of the patties.
  • Place the patties on a plate or baking sheet. Then, transfer the patties into the fridge to chill for at least 10 minutes (30 minutes, if time permits).
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet, griddle, or stainless-steel frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is warm, heat the butter or cooking oil in the pan.
  • Cook the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, until they’re cooked to your desired internal temperature is reached. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Serve burgers with your favorite gluten-free buns and toppings! Enjoy

Notes

(Recipe makes 4-5 burgers, depending on the size of the patties)

Burger Cooking Time Suggestions:

  • Medium-rare (red in the middle): 6 minutes total, or 130 to 135°F
  • Medium (pink in the middle): 7 to 8 minutes total, 140 to 145°F
  • Medium-well (a smidge of pink in the middle): 9 minutes total, 150 to 155°F
  • Well-done (no pink): 10 minutes total, 160 to 165°

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 28.4g | Fat: 13.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.4g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg

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