Cheeseburgers on Lettuce “Buns”

Have you ever been to Red Robin and had their lettuce buns?  Basically, instead of a bun, they mound iceberg lettuce on both sides of the burger.  It’s not a lettuce wrap though.  It really is like a lettuce “bun”.  If you have never tried it and there’s a Red Robin near you, I highly recommend it!  In fact, the lettuce “bun” was my inspiration for this recipe.  It’s a simple burger topped with cheddar cheese placed between two mounds of crunchy lettuce.  You really don’t even miss the bun.  And you feel much less guilty after eating it!

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Start by making the burgers…

  • Place 1 pound of ground beef into a large bowl.

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  • Add some worcestershire sauce.  (I just eyeballed it.  It was probably about 2 tablespoons.)  The sauce adds great flavor and keeps the burgers moist.

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  • Sprinkle in about 1 tablespoon of grill seasoning.
  • Mix, but don’t overmix!
  • Form the meat into 4 patties, making an indent in the middle of each to trap all of the juices.
  • Place on your Cuisinart Griddler (or grill or grillpan), set to medium-high heat.

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  • Grill, flipping once, until cooked to your liking.  (I prefer medium-well.)
  • While the burgers cook, cut up a head of iceberg lettuce into bun-sized pieces.

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  • After you cut the lettuce, carefully rinse each piece and lay on paper towels to dry.

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  • A couple of minutes before the burgers are ready, add a slice of cheese to each.  (I used a nice sharp cheddar.)

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Serve the burgers on top of the lettuce buns with some extra napkins.  It can get a little messy, especially if you use ketchup!  Enjoy!

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