Recipes: Bunless Burgers

As discussed in Episode 14 of The Pagan Knitter podcast, my recipe for a bunless burger.

Bunless Homemade Burgers


  • 1lb/454grams ground meat (any of the following – chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, ostrich)
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, skin off, grated fine
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (homemade or store-bought, or finely crushed taco or potato chips)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • handful of fresh or dried herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram (play with combos of these)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • optional spices – cumin, garlic powder, fresh garlic (2 cloves, finely minced), paprika, chili powder

Burger supports:

  • Lettuce leaves (Romaine, Red or Green-leaf – you want large leaves for holding the patties)
  • Optional veggies to add to your burger: tomato slices, avocado slices, sprouts (alfalfa or sunflower), sauteed red onion, sauteed mushrooms, bell pepper, hot peppers, or others that you love in a regular burger.
  • Mayonaise, or other condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, relish.
  • Sliced cheese (for melting on patties)


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Use your hands or a spoon to thoroughly mix.
  • Form six or seven patties.
  • Cook on bbq or on stovetop in a frying pan, for seven to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Lay a large leaf of lettuce on a plate.  Spread any condiments onto leaf.  Place a cooked patty onto leaf, and top with other veggies.  Top with another large leaf.  Wrap loosely.  Consume (messy but tasty!).

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