Friday, July 25, 2014

Lettuce wrap Burgers

When I found out I had to go gluten free due to the stomach aches and the migraines, it was cool at first but after a while, I started to panic. There were things I loved so much that I couldn't eat anymore. And one of those things was a burger! Omg...I loved burgers. There is something about the bun and the meat and cheese and all the condiments that just melt together in your mouth. So when the harsh reality stepped in, I freaked out. Not until recently, did grocery stores stock gluten free buns. But with that said, I only have ever had a few gluten free buns I have liked. Most of them just aren't that good so again I was a dilemma. Well my husband being the best husband in the world, came up with a way for me to eat burgers and be able to watch the calorie and carb in take.
Let me introduce you to my husbands Lettuce Wrap Burger!
Is your mouth drooling yet?
These are really simple to make and you can make it how ever you like. Since there are so many ways to make a burger, I wont bore you on how to cook your meat and what condiments to use. I will just show you the steps my husband goes through. And each time, he makes them different. Sometimes there's tomato, pickles and thousand island dressing. Sometimes its Ketchup and pickles and cheese. The varieties are endless so gather up whatever you like in your burger and lets start!
Gather whatever kind of beef you like, we like to use the leanest kind we can find. Cut your meat into 4 different sections and pound the crap out of them. Make them so flat. If you don't want 2 patties, then you can pound them to the size you want to make.

Then add any kind of seasonings you like. We love seasoning at my house and a really good meat patty, to me, is full of flavor and seasonings. These are the kind my husband likes to use.

Then on either your grill or a nice large sprayed pan, cook your meat. This is where you come in. Everyone likes their meat cooked a certain way so you cook your meat how ever you prefer. We like medium to medium well at my house.
Ok here comes the hardest part to all of this. The making of the actual lettuce wrap. My husband had to do it a few times to master it. So don't get upset if you can't get it wrapped just perfect. It will still taste great!
Pull 2 large lettuce leafs off and place them like this.

Place one of your meat patties in the lettuce as so.

Place whatever you would like on it. This one was thousand island and a tomato on one patty and ketchup and a tomato on the other patty.

Then repeat your step for the next patty. If you only use one patty, then you are ready for the next step.

Take the other lettuce leaf and place it on top. Then you kind of wrap it like a present. Just keep folding the sides around until one side is closed and one side is open. Make sure the ends of the lettuce (the part of the lettuce where it was attached to the stem) are together. That should be the closed side. I really hope this makes sense.

The thing about this is that it doesn't have to be perfect or pretty. It is going to get messy but thats the best thing. Once you bite into it, you really don't care that it's messy. If you are having a hard time wrapping it, my husband says you can use either foil or parchment paper to help you.


The ingredients you will need are:
1 lb of ground beef
a head of lettuce
Any condiments you would like
a stovetop pan or your grill
cooking spray
cutting board
When I eat a burger, I like to have a crisp Angry Orchard Cider with it. I found this recipe that I love and wanted to share it with you. It's a take on a margarita! Or a beer-rita ;)
Angry Orcha-Rita:
In a pint glass, rimmed with salt, combine over ice, 1.5oz tequila, 1/2oz triple sec and fill with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
I got this recipe off of their website so if you love Angry Orchard and are looking for a way to have some fun with it, head on over and see all of their yummy recipes.
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