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Bunless Buffalo Sauce Burger
with celery and carrot sticks

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

These burgers, with a creamy, savory, spicy (or not) sauce, were a request from a number of community members that we featured in 2018. They are a fun paleo-friendly twist on a classic burger and great for warmer weather served with simple raw vegetables for dipping in extra sauce.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Bunless Buffalo Sauce Burger:
  • Beef, ground - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 4 leaves
Carrot and Celery Sticks:
  • Celery (opt) - 3 stalks, sliced into sticks for dipping
  • Carrots - 8 oz, sliced into sticks for dipping (sub baby carrots)
Spicy Lemon ‘Buffalo’ Sauce:
  • Green onions - 1 stalk, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Mayonnaise - 1/4 cup (look for a paleo-friendly version)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce of choice - 2 tsp, more or less, to taste

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make spicy lemon ‘buffalo’ sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) Chop green onions. Combine mayonnaise, green onions (white and green parts), and lemon juice. Add hot sauce to taste. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Celery / Carrots - Slice into sticks. If prepping ahead, combine and soak them in cold water in the fridge to help them stay crisp. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make burgers - Combine beef with aminos, salt, and pepper. Form into 1" / 2.5 cm thick patties and make a depression in the center with your thumb (this will prevent them from rounding in the middle as they cook). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Onions / Lettuce leaves - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 500F / 260C, keeping one part of the grill with direct heat and one part with indirect heat. Clean grates and brush with some cooking oil.
  2. Grill burger patties for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat. Move patties to indirect heat, close the grill, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, and 5 to 6 minutes for well-done.
  3. Set burger patties aside, covered, to rest for 5 minutes. (Note: If you would like, you can grill the onion slices while the burger patties rest.)
  4. Divide lettuce leaves between serving plates. Top with burger patties and onion slices. Drizzle some of the sauce over top. Serve any remaining sauce with celery and carrot sticks for dipping. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make spicy lemon ‘buffalo’ sauce - Chop green onions. Combine mayonnaise, green onions (white and green parts), and lemon juice. Add hot sauce to taste. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Celery / Carrots - Slice into sticks. If prepping ahead, combine and soak them in cold water in the fridge to help them stay crisp. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make burgers - Combine beef with aminos, salt, and pepper. Form into 1" / 2.5 cm thick patties and make a depression in the center with your thumb (this will prevent them from rounding in the middle as they cook). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Onions / Lettuce leaves - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush pan with some cooking oil and then sear burger patties on both sides for about 2 minutes per side. Lower heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, and 5 to 6 minutes for well-done.
  2. Set burger patties aside, covered, to rest for 5 minutes. (Note: If you would like, you can sear the onion slices while the burger patties rest.)
  3. Divide lettuce leaves between serving plates. Top with burger patties and onion slices. Drizzle some of the sauce over top. Serve any remaining sauce with celery and carrot sticks for dipping. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (27)
Gluten-free (2)
No ratings yet.
Paleo (0)
Vegetarian (5)

15 reviews

Good basic burger though nothing too special. Easy to make. Used feta instead of blue cheese.

By: Vickie
Posted: Oct 04, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

In 3 years, I think this was our least favorite meal we’ve made.

By: Megan
Posted: Aug 31, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Easy meal that feels fancy!

By: Kate
Posted: Jul 17, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I loved the buffalo sauce (I used goat cheese instead of blue.)

By: Chelsea
Posted: Jul 11, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

Another delicious meal. Great flavors and the burgers were perfectly cooked because of the very detailed instructions and the ise of indirect heat. We like our burgers with no pink but using traditional grilling methods makes the edges more charred than we like (even though they are thin patties) . Using this method, we were able to have thicker patties like the picture and they were perfectly done without dry charred edges! Amazing! Thank you Jess!

By: Mindy
Posted: Jul 09, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

That sauce is the bomb! I used 2.5 Tbsps of hot sauce. I think the patty would have been just as good with just salt and pepper.

By: Lynn
Posted: Jul 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful