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18 Hamburger Bun Alternatives So Good You Won't Miss the Bread

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Bun-free burgers

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Bun-free burgers

When we were kids, there was nothing better than a good, old-fashioned burger bun, but it's safe to say that white bread is totally out of style now. Gone are the days when we could bite into a hamburger on a bun without a care in the world — we've got our health to worry about now, people!

Whether you're trying to ditch carbs or just eat cleaner, you're going to dig these hamburger bun alternatives.

Originally published July 2016. Updated April 2017.

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Portobello buns

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Portobello buns

These juicy burgers are nestled between roasted portobello caps.

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Mushroom buns

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Mushroom buns

Smaller mushroom buns make this petite fried egg sandwich look even more delicious.

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Sweet potato slider buns

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Sweet potato slider buns

Whether you keep it vegetarian or swap out the veggies for meat, these sweet potato slider buns will be a hit.

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Truffle mac and cheese bun

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Truffle mac and cheese bun

Sometimes it feels good to go totally over the top, like with these truffle mac and cheese bun burgers.

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Sliced zucchini buns

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Sliced zucchini buns

These juicy herbed turkey burgers with zucchini buns are a flavorful, low-cal option for your next barbecue.

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Paleo plantain buns

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Paleo plantain buns

These soy-free vegan burgers are served between Paleo-friendly plantain buns.

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Bunless fiesta burgers

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Bunless fiesta burgers

Sometimes you don't need any bun. These low-carb, bunless fiesta burgers are totally tasty on their own.

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Bread cheese buns

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Bread cheese buns

These bread cheese buns just might kill you, but hey, at least they're gluten-free.

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Tomato buns

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Tomato buns

Juicy late-summer tomatoes make a perfect Paleo burger bun, and avocado makes them extra tasty.

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Mini bunless cheeseburgers

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Mini bunless cheeseburgers

These bunless burger skewers with Thousand Island dip are a fun, gluten-free appetizer for any party.

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Spiralized veggie buns

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Spiralized veggie buns

Sick of veggie noodles but still in love with your spiralizer? Then check out this recipe for spiralized buns.

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Lettuce buns

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Lettuce buns

Crispy, cool lettuce is the perfect gluten-free bun for these decadent bacon, Swiss and avocado burgers.

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Egg noodle buns

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Egg noodle buns

Ramen's great and everything, but these stroganoff burgers are sandwiched between tasty egg noodle buns.

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‘Everything bagel’ cauliflower buns

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‘Everything bagel’ cauliflower buns

These refined flour-free cauliflower buns get an extra boost of flavor thanks to everything bagel seasoning.

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Thai sticky rice buns

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Thai sticky rice buns

If you're gluten-free but still craving carbs, then these Thai sticky rice burger buns are the way to go.

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Burger wraps

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Burger wraps

Creative and gluten-free, rice paper burger buns are also much easier to eat.

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Bacon buns

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Bacon buns

Save this one for a special treat, but yes, the bacon bun tastes even better than it looks.

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