Tasty Clean-Living Burgers

How to have burgers on the Clean-Living Diet

Is this even possible? Burgers when on a diet? But we are not supposed to eat bread!

Who doesn’t like burgers? We all do, right? And there is absolutely no reason to miss out on burgers when on the Clean-Living Diet. It is super easy to still satisfy your cravings for the mix of meat, barbecue, crunch, salt and ketchup. It does not have to be difficult, but you will have to think differently.

Seriously, no bun?

Yes – no bun. Bread is high in carbs and will immediately spike your blood sugar levels. But trust me, you won’t miss it. The bun will be replaced with crunchy, green, delicious salad leaves. I highly recommend you try it and if it is a total “no go” for you, you can always make a batch of my Homemade Vegetable Buns and use them as bread replacement (recipe will be posted very soon).

My 9-year-old daughter Anna has, with time, built up a taste for the crunchiness of the salad leaves as replacement of the buns. You can too.

So easy and fast

You will be surprised how easy and delicious this burger recipe is. This will be ready to be served within 20-30 minutes!

Yesterday evening, we were very pushed for time as we had been on zoom calls with clients all afternoon and we knocked this up in no time at all.



Serves 3-4 persons:

  • 900 grams of organic grass feed minced veal or beef
  • 150 grams of organic bacon
  • 80 grams of sliced cheese (I use gruyere)
  • 2 big romaine salad heads or 24 lettuce leaves
  • 2 plum tomatoes cut into slices
  • Half a cucumber cut into slices
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • Salt to taste


Sugar free ketchup:

  • 50g Tomato paste
  • 50ml of water
  • 30ml Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of onion powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg


Sugar free ketchup:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium low temperature for 20-25 minutes, until the ketchup thickens
  3. Adjust the taste, by adding more salt and spices if desired.
  4. Cool, then place in an air-tight container and refrigerate.



  1. Shape the minced meat into 12 patties.
  2. Roast on a barbecue or on a pan until done. I like mine a little pink.
  3. 2 minutes before done add a piece of the cheese on top and let melt.



  1. Build your burger with 2 salad leaves, a meat pattie, ketchup, tomato, cucumber and bacon.
  2. Enjoy 🙂



  • Ketchup can be kept refrigerated for up to 10 days
  • Make sure to find a bacon with no additives and sugar. This is a tricky one, but it is doable. Ask at your local butcher or supermarket.
  • Especially sugar tends to come in many variations and is often added to bacon, sausages, cold cut meat etc.
  • Make sure to check the ingredient list and avoid anything you don’t know what is.
  • Here are some of the names that added sugars go under: Agave nectar, cane sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, malt syrup, sucrose, syrup and so on. The list is very long and as I mentioned before I recommend you avoid anything that you don’t know what is.


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