These are the best gluten free burgers! Better than any burger restaurant or fast food burger, these gluten free hamburgers are so juicy, tender, and full of favour. They are healthy and easy to make with lean ground beef, onion, almond flour and ketchup. No matter how you like to cook your burgers I've included grilling, frying and air fryer directions.
Why you will love this recipe:
- These homemade burgers are juicy and tender and loaded with flavour.
- They are quick and easy to make and only take a few minutes to assemble.
- These healthy burgers make great leftovers and are perfect for meal prep.
- These gluten free burger patties can be frozen and used at a later date.
- Besides being gluten free and safe for those with celiac disease these burgers are also good for those with a gluten allergy, or on the paleo diet. These burgers are also dairy free, keto, low carb and can be made Whole30 too!
- This juicy burger recipe is great for those with gluten sensitivity, and they are so good I bet they will become a regular part of your gluten-free diet menu rotation.
- These homemade hamburgers are better than any burger joints' burger and they are made with simple ingredients.
- You can make these burgers any way you prefer - I've included grilling, air fryer and pan frying instructions.
- Want a fun twist on a classic burger? Try these gluten free duck burgers or gluten free turkey burgers instead!
Taste and texture:
This gluten-free burger recipe is thick and juicy and loaded with flavour! The addition of ketchup, gluten free soy sauce, onion, and spices turn these into great burgers that are nice and moist and so, so tasty. These ground meat burgers are not dry burgers.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
This is a summary of the ingredients you need to make these burgers. For the full ingredient list please see the recipe card.
- Ground beef - I recommend using lean ground beef for these burger patties. It has the perfect fat content for making the best burgers. I personally like to use grass fed and grass finished beef for these burgers.
- Onion - chopped white onion adds both flavour and texture to this gluten free burger patty recipe. You could use a yellow or red onion instead to change up the flavour.
- Ketchup - ketchup is used to give these burgers flavour and moisture. You could also swap the ketchup for your favourite bbq sauce. Just be sure whichever you choose is gluten free.
- Gluten free soy sauce - use your favourite gluten free soy sauce or gluten free soy sauce replacement such as either coconut aminos or gluten free tamari.
- Almond flour - almond flour is used as the binder in these burgers. If you don't have almond flour you could use crushed gluten free crackers or gluten free breadcrumbs instead. I don't recommend using almond meal, the texture is too course.
- Eggs - to add moisture and help bind the ingredients in these delicious, juicy burgers.
- Sea salt - one of my favourite simple seasonings help give these burgers even more flavour.
How to make:
To grill the burgers:
First, place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands, mix until the ingredients are combined.
Then form the meat mix into eight patties about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. Use your thumb to make an indent in the centre of each one. This helps them stay together when you cook them.
Next, place the patties on a parchment-lined plate and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.
Now heat your grill to medium heat. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side, until the desired internal temperature has been reached. Then serve and enjoy!
To pan fry:
First, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil to a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is melted add the burger patties. I do not recommend using a non-stick pan, and instead recommend using a pure ceramic pan, or cast iron skillet to make these burgers.
Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side, until the desired internal temperature has been reached.
To cook in an air fryer:
Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now add the burger patties to the basket or tray of your air fryer. Cook them for 10-13 minutes, flipping the patties half way through, until they reach the internal temperature you prefer. Depending on the size of your air fryer you might need to cook the burgers in batches (you don't want to overlap the patties when you cook them).
- Instead of almond flour you could use gluten free bread crumbs or gluten free crushed crackers for this paleo burger recipe.
- To make these burgers paleo: use a paleo friendly ketchup or bbq sauce and coconut aminos and serve on a lettuce bun or as a burger salad.
- To make these burgers Whole30 compliant: use a Whole30 ketchup or Whole30 bbq sauce and serve on a lettuce bun or as a hamburger salad.
- You can use either ketchup or bbq sauce to make these burgers. Just be sure whichever type you choose is gluten free.
- Feel free to add other spices such as onion powder or garlic powder to give these burgers even more flavour.
For best results:
- Mixing the meat with your hands works much better than mixing with a spoon.
- Be sure to put a thumb indent into the center of the patty - this helps the patties stay together when they cook.
- Make sure you finely chop the onions. If the onion pieces are too big the burgers won't hold together as well.
- Note that this recipe and directions is for well done burgers. It is unsafe to eat raw or undercooked ground beef because it can contain harmful bacteria that could make you sick so I do not recommend eating raw or medium hamburgers. To make sure your burgers are fully cooked and that all the bad bacteria are destroyed, the internal temperature of your burgers should be 160 °F and there should be no pink in the middle. If they aren't quite done when you check them, add an additional minute or two to the cooking time.
How to serve:
- If you tolerate dairy add a couple slices of your favourite cheese such as cheddar cheese to the tops of these burgers before they are done cooking and let the cheese melt.
- Serve them on gluten-free buns, a lettuce bun, in a lettuce wrap, in corn tortillas, on a gluten free flour tortilla, or on gluten-free bread. Luckily you can find gluten-free burger buns at almost every grocery store now.
- Pair these burgers with tater tots, French fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad, broccoli salad or coleslaw.
- You can top these delicious burgers with whatever you like including cooked bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato or pickles.
- Top this amazing burger recipe with your favourite condiments - ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, truffle aioli, caramelized onions, relish or mayonnaise.
- You can serve these hamburgers at picnics with hot dogs, chicken fingers, and vegan burgers to make a well-rounded menu that kids will love!
How to store:
Store any leftover cooked hamburgers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
How to reheat:
To reheat these burger patties, warm them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until warmed throughout. You can also rewarm the burgers on the stove or in an air fryer. To warm them in the stove heat them at 350°F for about 5 minutes, and to warm them in the air fryer heat them at 350°F for about 2 minutes, or until warm.
How to freeze:
If you want to freeze these burger patties I recommend taking the uncooked beef patties and freezing the patties in a freezer-safe, airtight container with layers separated by parchment paper. When you are ready to eat them, defrost the burgers overnight in the fridge and then cook them the way you prefer.
Frequently asked questions:
For ground meat, including hamburgers, the USDA recommends an internal temperature of 160˚ to 165˚ Fahrenheit as the minimum. This gives you a well-done beef burger, meaning there aren't any signs of pink in the centre.
No. It is dangerous to eat raw or undercooked ground beef because it can contain harmful bacteria. The USDA recommends not eating or tasting raw or undercooked ground beef. To be sure all bacteria are destroyed, cook ground meat and hamburgers to a minimum temperature of 160°F. You want your hamburgers to be fully cooked, with no pink remaining in the centre.
McDonalds beef patties, grilled chicken patties and fries do not contain gluten. However, McDonalds does not guarantee that any of their products are gluten free as cross contamination between food items can occur.
Whether a burger is gluten free will depend on the ingredients it's made with. All beef patties are naturally gluten free, but many burgers are made with added ingredients such as fillers or binders that are not gluten free, so be sure you read labels carefully.
Whether frozen burgers are gluten free will depend on the ingredients they're made with. Frozen all beef patties are naturally gluten free, but many frozen burgers are made with other ingredients such as fillers or binders that are not gluten free, so make sure to read ingredient labels carefully.
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Gluten Free Burgers
- Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and using your hands, mix until the ingredients are combined.
- Form the meat into eight patties about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. Use your thumb to make an indent in the centre of each one. This helps them stay together when you cook them.
- Put the patties on a parchment-lined plate and refrigerate for ~30 minutes.
- Heat your grill to medium heat. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the desired internal temperature has been reached.
To pan fry
- Add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil to a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is melted add the burger patties.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until the desired internal temperature has been reached.
To air fry
- Preheat your air fryer to 370F. Place the patties on your air fryer trays or in the basket and cook for 10-13 minutes, flipping half way through, until the desired internal temperature has been reached.