I used to be embarrassed every time I ordered a burger without a bun at a restaurant. Even now as it’s become increasingly more common to go “bun-less” a pang of disappointment runs through me when I receive a burger patty on top of a pale green slice of iceberg lettuce.
In Boston, there is only one place to go if you want a bun-less burger, and that place is Grass Fed. A small burger joint with strong values, this place only uses 100% grass-fed beef from a Maine Co-op of small cattle farms between 5-500 cows.
The Burger in the Grass features on of their signature grass-fed burger patties over a bed of mixed greens, piled high with fresh tomatoes, homemade pickles, a tower of crisp bacon and – of course- the Grass Fed Special Sauce.
Unfortunately, Grass Fed is a bit of a hike from my apartment and it always seems to have a line out the door, so I decided to recreate this restaurant favorite for a back yard barbecue a few weeks ago. We did it just like the original with a grass-fed burger patty over a bed of mixed greens, with fresh tomatoes, crisp bacon and my Paleo Burger Sauce.
- 2½ tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 pound grass-fed beef
- 4 cup mixed greens
- 4 strips cooked bacon
- 1 tomato, sliced
- Paleo Burger Sauce
- Combine all seasoning ingredients together and store in an air tight container
- Turn on the grill or preheat the stovetop
- Add 2 tbsp of seasoning to the ground beef and mix well so that it is evenly distributed
- Form beef into four even patties
- Place patties on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes per side
- Add 1 cup of mixed greens onto each plate
- Layer the tomato slices, burger patty and bacon on top of the mixed greens
- Drizzle with Paleo Burger Sauce