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How to make cauliflower buns for the perfect low-carb burger

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It's easier than you think to make your burger low-carb, just make these cauliflower buns

This past year, cauliflower crust took over the web and print outlets. People were trying cauliflower-crust pizzas left and right, but they were missing out on another great possibility. Cue this amazing burger without the bun. That's right — I made cauliflower-crusted buns for this fun burger treat.

I highly recommend you eat it right away, with no reheating involved. Who likes a soggy heated bun, and cauliflower acts the same way. Also, it's more delicate than a bun, so get the fork and knife ready just in case.

It's easier than you think to make your burger low-carb, just make these cauliflower buns

Cauliflower burger buns recipe

Watching your carb intake? Try this low-carb, cauliflower-crusted burger with no bun. It looks the same as a regular burger but with more flavor.

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes  | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 meat patties
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 head lettuce


  1. Boil the cauliflower in the water until tender, and then drain. Place it into a food processor along with the egg, breadcrumbs, salt and cheese. Blend to a fine consistency.
  2. To a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Make a ball with the cauliflower about 1/4 cup in size, and place it into the hot oil. Gently smash it down to flatten it. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Repeat until all cauliflower crusts are made.
  3. While you are making the crusts, heat another skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties until brown or until internal temperatures reach 170 degrees F.
  4. To assemble the burgers, take 1 cauliflower crust, top it with meat, lettuce and tomato, and then top with another cauliflower crust.

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