These juicy burgers skip the traditional bread bun in favor of a savory grain-free cauliflower bun that contains a bit of Cheddar cheese. A mixture of onions, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce gives the burger patties tons of flavor, and the addition of a tangy special sauce completes the package for a burger with serious personality. Note: If you would like to make these burgers gluten-free, be sure to check the ingredients for the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to make sure they’re gluten-free.
Cauliflower Buns Recipe
5 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 pound)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Place cauliflower in a food processor; process until very finely grated. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover loosely and microwave on High for 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Transfer the cauliflower to a clean kitchen towel and wring out all excess moisture. Return to the bowl. Add cheese and egg; stir until thoroughly combined. Use a ¼-cup measure to distribute the batter into 8 portions on the prepared pan. Pat each into a 3-inch circle.
Bake until browned and crispy around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Equipment: Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Classic Beef Burgers Recipe
½ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon canola oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided
2 tablespoons ketchup, divided
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon ground pepper
4 slices tomato
4 leaves green-leaf lettuce
4 Cauliflower Buns (see Associated Recipes)
Combine onion, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon ketchup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon ketchup, mayonnaise, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add beef, Worcestershire and pepper to the onion mixture and gently combine without overmixing. Form into four 4-inch patties.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Assemble the burgers on buns with the ketchup mixture, tomato and lettuce.