Who doesn’t love burgers? We know we do. And generally, lots of delicious burgers you encounter can be gluten-free. There are, however, instances where gluten can creep in – and we’re not just talking about burger buns.
Many pre-made burger patties that we buy straight from the supermarket’s shelves can contain traces of gluten, as some manufacturers will use grains and wheat as a filler ingredient. In these cases, food producers will not be allowed to label their burgers as ‘100% beef’, so if you don’t see this clearly written on the product’s packaging, it’s fair to assume that there will be traces of gluten within the contents.
Also, restaurants can be tricky places to find gluten-free burgers. If it doesn’t say gluten-free on the menu, then always assume that there will be some traces, however big or small, within the recipe. But as we love going out for a burger and a shake from time to time, we have put together a list of the best places where you are guaranteed to find a delicious gluten-free burger:
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
This fast-food favourite caters extensively for those who want to sidestep gluten. GBK’s dedicated gluten-free menu has dozens of options, including beers, wines and shakes.
Honest Burgers, London
This hotspot in the capital has become to go-to place for coeliac suffers to grab a delicious burger. The restaurant’s gluten-free onion rings and beer selection are firm favourites with free-from fans.
Instead of burger buns, this restaurant chain offers customers tasty edamame beans and quinoa as a healthy and appetising gluten-free alternative.
However, the safest way to ensure that you’re eating gluten-free burgers is to make them yourself. So if you’re feeling adventurous, here are a couple of easy and mouth-watering gluten-free burger recipes:
Jamie Oliver’s Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Burgers
- 500g mince beef
- 1 diced onion
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp butter
- Salt and pepper
- Add oil and butter to a medium size pan over medium heat. Add onion and fry until soft. Add Dijon mustard and fry for 2 more minutes. Remove mix from pot and place in a small bowl to allow to cool.
- Add almost cool mixture to the beef mince in a large bowl. Combine using hands and add herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Add cornflour and combine with hands again.
- Shape the mix into burger patties (patties can be cooked instantly or stored in a fridge or freezer for a later date).
- Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and add patties. Fry until underneath is brown and a bit crispy. Turn and cook the other side until cooked through.
- Serve with salad, a gluten-free burger bun and enjoy!
One Green Planet’s Quinoa Veggie Burger
- 1 1/2 cup of quinoa (rinsed)
- 2 cups of vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 leaves of finely chopped kale
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Place the quinoa, vegetable stock, tomato sauce, kale, thyme and oregano in a pan. Heat on high until boiling then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the tomato paste, mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cool and then form the quinoa mixture into patties.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the patties and fry on each side for a few minutes until nicely heated through.
- Serve in a gluten-free burger bun with a side of tasty sweet potato fries!
Take a look at our other blog posts for delicious, simple gluten-free recipes and other tips!