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Thinking Outside the Bun

One of the staples of a typical summer barbeque has to be the delicious grilled hamburger, and with that, a delectable hearty bun. Unfortunately, for those with Type 2 diabetes, a standard hamburger bun (which is high in carbohydrates and low in dietary fiber) can wreak havoc on blood sugar levels. The good news is, there are several changes you can make to improve your daily carb count and better manage your blood glucose levels. One of our community members let us know that he trouble with hamburger buns. While traditional buns aren’t always the best option for people with Type 2 diabetes, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a burger every once in a while.

One of our moderators, Kelly Dabel, who is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, provided some great suggestions for finding alternatives to the standard burger bun.

Kelly Dabel

Have you tried whole wheat buns? I’d recommend searching for a hamburger bun that is a smaller more reasonable size, about the size of the palm of your hand. Many options in the market today are large and more like two portions. Also, look at the fiber content on the label. If you can find one with at least 5 grams of fiber that is great as the fiber will help prevent your blood sugar from spiking too quickly. Another tasty alternative is to try wrapping your patty in lettuce or eating it on top of a fresh green salad. Please note the nutrition facts for this recipe is ONLY for the burger. The 6 grams total carbohydrate here does not include a bun, so factor that in when you are counting your carbs for this meal. Most men do well with about 60 grams of carbohydrate at dinner. Take care!

Do you have any tips or tricks for enjoying that delicious burger? What about other suggestions for maintaining your blood sugar levels when confronted with barbeque/picnic food? Please share with us in the comments!