Burger Deconstructed

fullsizeoutput_345b.jpegFor those of us who suffer through the gluten-free life, we have limited options when it comes to fast food, minus the “Unwich” from Jimmy’s Johns.

Sometimes a girl just wants a good ole hamburger!!

So here I have deconstructed one and made it Southwestern!!!


I started with a pound of grass-feed ground beef.fullsizeoutput_3440.jpegfullsizeoutput_3441.jpegTo the beef, I added 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.

I proceeded to mix all of the seasonings into the meat using my hands.  I divided the meat into four equal parts and made 4 patties.fullsizeoutput_3442.jpegI placed them in the fridge until I was ready to cook them.fullsizeoutput_3443.jpegI then measured 1 cup of fire-roast corn (found in the frozen foods section).  fullsizeoutput_3445.jpegI heated a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and added 1 tsp. olive oil.  I cooked the corn for about 5 minutes, stirring every now and then.  I added a healthy pinch of salt.  I set this a side.fullsizeoutput_3444.jpegI then opened a can of black beans.  I drained them and rinsed them.  I set these aside, too.fullsizeoutput_3446.jpegI then made the dressing.  This took some tweaking.  fullsizeoutput_3447I started with these ingredients but added mayonnaise to final product.fullsizeoutput_345cHere’s my final dressing:  1 tbsp. chopped cilantro, 4 tbsp. olive oil, the zest and juice of 1 lime, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. mayo, 1/4+1/8 tsp. salt and fresh ground black pepper.

fullsizeoutput_3451.jpegI placed all the ingredients in a jar and shook until everything was incorporated.

I then cooked the burger patties for 3 minutes on both sides over medium-high heat on my stove, using a griddle pan.  Any pan would work.fullsizeoutput_3448.jpegI sliced in half 1 pint of tomatoes.  I shredded 1 cup of pepper jack cheese.  I cubed 1 avocado. And, I diced 1/4 purple onion.  We are almost ready to get this party started….It’s your turn!fullsizeoutput_3449.jpegStarting with one large head of Bibb lettuce (washed and dried of course).

This recipe makes four individual salads.  Divide all the ingredients equally.IMG_0385.JPGPlate the lettuce on 4 plates, tearing the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.fullsizeoutput_3452.jpegAdd the tomatoes.fullsizeoutput_3453.jpegThe onions and corn…fullsizeoutput_3455.jpegThe beans…IMG_0390.JPGThe avocado…IMG_0391.JPGThe cheese…IMG_0392.JPGAnd top with a burger patty.IMG_0393.JPGDrizzle dressing all over and enjoy this burger, deconstructed!IMG_0394.JPG


(makes 4 salads)

Time: 20-30 minutes


1 pound ground beef

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. chipotle powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper

Mix all ingredients together and make 4 patties of equal size.  Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side.


1 cup of frozen, fire roasted corn

1 tsp. olive oil

1 healthy pinch of salt

Heat oil over medium high heat in a skillet.  Add corn and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add salt an stir.


1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

4 tbsp. olive oil

zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. mayonnaise

1/4+1/8 tsp. salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar and shake well.


1 head of Bibb lettuce

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/4 purple onion, minced


1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 avocado, cubed

1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese

burger patties


Arrange all ingredients, except dressing, equally among 4 plates.  Drizzle each plate with dressing.

Enjoy!fullsizeoutput_3458.jpegBon appetite!

Do you have any gluten-free fast food recipes you’d like to share??? We would love for you to!!!



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