How to Serve a Hamburger Without a Bun


Hamburger buns make eating a hamburger by hand less messy, but they also add carbohydrate calories. The number of calories will vary according to bun size and brand, but may be from 150 to 215 calories or more. If you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, or choose not to eat the burger with a bun for any other reason, there are bun-free ways to serve the burger.

Things You'll Need

  • Dinner plate
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Napkin
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spoons
  • Small bowls
  • Set out a clean dinner plate. Wash one iceberg lettuce leaf in cool water, and pat dry. Place this in the center of the plate.

  • Wash at least two more lettuce leaves and place them on one side of the plate. Slice a tomato. Place at least one tomato slice next to the lettuce leaves.

  • Slice an onion. Place several onion slices on the side of the plate opposite the tomato slices.

  • Place the cooked hamburger patty in the center of the plate on the single lettuce leaf.

  • Place either whole bottles of ketchup and mustard nearby, or pour some in small bowls and place a spoon in each bowl.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can place another large lettuce leaf on top of the burger, to act as the top bun, if you'd prefer to eat the hamburger with your hands rather than with a fork.
  • Condiments may be added or subtracted according to personal taste.
  • The hamburger should be served as soon as possible after cooking so that it does not get cold.

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