Lettuce-Wrap Burgers

Looking for a lighter way to enjoy your favorite burgers? Crunchy, Crisp, Romaine lettuce is a healthy and delicious compliment to hearty burgers.


  • 1 1/4 lbs lean grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 large Romaine lettuce leaves or hearts of Romaine leaves
  • yellow mustard
  • pickle slices

Makes 6


  1. Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large metal or glass mixing bowl combine beef and salt and gently mix, being careful not to over mix.
  3. Shape beef into 6 equal sized patties.
  4. Once grill is heated, grill patties for about 5 minutes per side or until their juices run clear.
  5. Wash lettuce leaves under cold water and pat dry with a clean cotton dish towel or paper towel. Tear larger leaves in half.
  6. Serve burgers hot, topped with a squirt of yellow mustard, one pickle slice and sandwiched between two good-sized pieces of lettuce.
  7. Notes: Grass-fed beef has less total fat, more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and more antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E than other types of beef. While you can opt to use conventional lean ground beef, grass-fed is preferable and tastes amazing. Be cautious of over-cooking grass-fed beef, which can make it tough. Since it is leaner, it often requires less cooking time.
  8. Tip: These burgers pair perfectly with my Sweet Potato Fries!

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 135
  • cholesterol: 61mg
  • potassium: 20mg
  • protein: 21.2g
  • saturated fat: 2.5g
  • sodium: 435mg
  • total carbohydrates: 0.7g
  • total fat: 5.4g
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