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6 Veggie-Based Buns For a Paleo-Friendly Burger

Tomato Buns

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If you’re low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, or just trying to cut back on bread, you don’t have to give up on burgers as a cookout staple, or even go the fork and knife route. When we read that a Japanese chain is serving their burgers on tomato halves (via the Wall Street Journal) we wondered what other veggie-based vehicles could sandwich a meat or veggie patty. We found five more that easily turn a hamburger from a summer indulgence to a Paleo-friendly, veggie-heavy, healthy dish. (No meat? No problem. Try one of our crazy-good veggie burgers.)

Photo: Mos Burger

Lettuce Buns

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If you've got a head of lettuce on hand, you could go go “protein-style,” which is what burger chain In-N-Out calls their burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun (captured here by I Like Food Too Much). (Slim down with The Best Protein-Eating Strategy for Weight Loss.)

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Portobello Mushroom Buns

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Cook up some Portobello mushroom caps, like Nom Nom Paleo, to serve as burger buns. (You can even do this in a convection toaster oven!)

Photo: Nom Nom Paleo

Sweet Potato Buns

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Another Paleo favorite: sweet potato “buns,” like these from Our Savory Life. Cook some sweet potato rounds in the same pan as the burgers, and you'll have a new way to bookend your favorite burger recipe.


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Grilled Zucchini Buns

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If you’re making smaller burgers, try sandwiching them between slices of grilled zucchini, like Simply Quinoa. And if you have extra zucchini, try one of these 12 sensational spiralized veggie recipes on the side.

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Grilled Pineapple Buns

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To go sweet, try sandwiching your burger between slices of pineapple. Keep it neat by wrapping your pineapple burger in lettuce, like FitViews

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