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Bunless Breakfast Burger

Bunless Breakfast Burger by Keto Flavor Fix

Bunless Breakfast Burger

Categories: Afternoon Snack, American, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch

Bunless Breakfast Burger

Recipe by Keto Flavor FixCourse: American, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch


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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

  • romaine lettuce leaves

  • tomato slices (fresh, ripe)

  • pickle slices (fermented are best! probiotic bonus points)

  • cheddar cheese (grassfed, – or another cheese of choice, Trader Joe’s has an amazing option from New Zealand that comes pre-sliced for sandwiches!)

  • red onions (thinly sliced)

  • mayonnaise (avocado oil)

  • Dijon mustard

  • sesame seeds (for that sesame bun vibe)

  • salt

  • pepper

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or another high heat oil for searing)

  • cooked bacon

  • avocado


  • Divide beef into 4 equal parts. Form into patties that are about 3/4 of an inch thick, without overworking and smashing the ground beef too much. You will want it to maintain some of the texture of the grind.
  • Season the exterior fairly generously with salt and pepper, the same way you would season a steak before pan frying. This helps create a nice brown crust on the outside of the burgers.
  • Press a little dimple into the center of the patty, so they stay fairly flat when cooking and don’t dome up and shrink in size. 
  • Preheat a large skillet (cast iron works best) to medium high heat. When skillet is hot, add about 1 tbsp avocado oil and two of the burgers. Cook for about 3 minutes, without moving them, on each side. Rotate the pan half way through each side to ensure they brown evenly. You may cook them a little more or a little less depending on exactly how thick your burgers are and how you like them cooked. 3 minutes on each side is for a burger that is about medium in temp. 
  • If using cheese place sliced cheese on the burger after flipping to the second side to melt. (Or if you forget like I did, you can microwave a slice of cheese on your burger for about 20 seconds right before serving.)
  • Move to a plate to rest for a minute or two before serving. 
  • For assembly: On a plate start with a base of crunchy romaine, top with smashed avocado and then add your burger patty.
  • Top with red onions, pickles (bonus points for fermented pickles!), fresh tomato slices, bacon, and if you’re really feeling fancy, a sunny side up egg.
  • Sprinkle with a few sesame seeds to pull in the flavor of a seeded hamburger bun!
  • Serve with a side of homemade avocado oil mayo, mustard, and ketchup if that’s your style. Dig in with a knife and fork, or you can also use a few more romaine leaves on top to sandwich this meaty goodness. 


  • Don’t overwork the meat.
  • Dimple the center of the patty.
  • Season like you would season a steak.
  • Sear hot and don’t touch until it’s time to flip ’em.

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