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Bunless Burger on Plate with Feta and Glaze

Bunless Beef Burgers w/ Arugula, Feta, and Balsamic Glaze

These gluten-free, juicy beef burgers are served bunless! The meaty mounds are served atop fresh arugula, fresh feta cheese, and a homemade balsamic glaze that you and your family will love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


For the Burgers, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh ground beef, about 80/20 fat ratio
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced

For the Balsamic Glaze, you will need:

  • 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (Omit for Keto version)
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia (For Keto version only)
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • 2-3 cups fresh arugula, washed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4-6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • cherry tomatoes on the vine


  • Begin by getting the meat ready for the bunless burgers. In a bowl, add the ground beef, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix lightly with a fork to combine completely. I like to use a fork because the heat from your hands can melt the fat in the beef, leading to less juicy burgers.
  • Once the meat is fully combined, portion 4 nicely-sized burger patties. Set them on a plate and set them aside.
  • Cook your burgers using a cast-iron pan indoors or use your outdoor grill.
  • Using a cast-iron pan: Heat the pan to medium heat. Do not grease the cast-iron, as there is plenty of fat inside the burger meat. Allow the pan to get hot, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add your burgers to the pan and cook 6-7 minutes per side, depending on thickness. My burgers were about ¾-inch thick.
  • Using the grill: Heat your charcoal and add it to one side of the grill to create a hot and cold side. Or, turn your gas burner to medium heat. Sear the burgers and cook 6-7 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  • While the burgers are cooking, make the Balsamic Glaze. Add the balsamic and maple syrup (or liquid stevia for Keto version only) to a small saucepan. Bring it to a simmer and allow it to reduce over low heat for 10 minutes until the glaze becomes thicker and syrupy. Remove from the heat and set aside, but do not allow the glaze to cool! It will get too thick and need to be reheated.
  • Add your arugula to a bowl and toss it with olive oil and lemon juice. Add the arugula to a plate. Top with a burger. Drizzle the Balsamic Glaze over the burger and the arugula. Top with feta.
  • Adorn the plate with some fresh cherry tomatoes and serve.
Keyword Bunless Beef Burgers w/ Arugula, Feta, and Balsamic Glaze, Bunless Burgers, Gluten-free
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