You've heard of Meatless Monday, but if the thought of starting your week without a juicy, 100% all-beef crafted burger makes you break out in hives, we've got a better way to cut the cut calories and still and get a good dose of tasty protein: go bunless instead!
Why are so many people jumping on the bunless trend? Well, it's a great way to reduce the calories, sugars and carbohydrates of a dish without losing out on taste, satiety and nutritional value.
Benefits to Going Bunless on Your Burger
1. You may have already ate your share of recommended grains for the day.
The average woman should only consume 3 - 6 portions of bread and grains daily (3 - 8 for men). One slice of bread is equal to one portion.
2. Breads generally have little nutritional value.
Focusing on the nutritional content of bread, it is not as nutritious as other sources of food such as fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, eggs or meat. So skip the bread and focus on the ingredients that have a higher impact on your overall nutrition.
3. Leaving out the bun will reduce the overall caloric intake of the dish.
Despite losing the calories, you don't have to sacrifice taste. Up the satisfaction of the bunless burger by selecting beef with more taste, such as Steakhouse Elite Kobe-crafted beef.
4. Protein has more satiety than grains.
Protein-rich beef will actually keep you fuller and more energized longer than refined breads. That's because carbohydrates in breads spikes our blood sugar up, only to eventually come crashing down, making us more hungry and therefore encouraging us to eat again.
5. Reduction of breads and grains can reduce some intestinal side effects.
Studies show there are many adverse effects to eating too many grains, such as bloating, stool inconsistency, damage to the wall of the intestinal tract and tiredness.
6. There can be a lot of extra and unnecessary sugars and chemicals in bread.
Most bread contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup plus other chemicals and preservatives that can send your pancreas into overdrive and stay in your system longer than desirable. But sticking with basics--meat and vegetables--helps ensure your body is getting only what you expected.
Our Steakhouse Elite Kobe-crafted beef contains only 100% US-raised ground beef from the Wagyu cattle and nothing more, so you are guaranteed a flawlessly delicious portion of sizzling beef every time.
Despite the benefits of going bunless, we know what you're thinking: that sounds good and all, but how tasty is a burger with no bun?
Well, to prove to you that you can have all the taste and succulence of a bunned burger without the bun, we are sharing this Bunless Caprese Burger with Balsamic Aioli Sauce with you. And, because it's made with Steakhouse Elite ground beef, the rich taste of flavorful Kobe-crafted beef is never muted--so no bun is required!
Bunless Caprese Burgers with Balsamic Aioli
1 package of Steakhouse Elite Beef Burgers (any variety)
1 egg yolk
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 TSP Dijon mustard
1 TSP chopped fresh garlic
1 TSP lemon juice
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Cream cheese, sliced into 1/8" pieces
Arugula or lettuce blend
Whisk egg yolk with balsamic vinegar, Dijon, garlic and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, one tablespoon at a time. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Grill your Steakhouse Elite burgers to desired doneness. Remove from grill. On a plate, spread the balsamic sauce on the bottom of the plate, then add the burger patty and top with cream cheese, tomatoes, onion, arugula and fresh basil. Sprinkle with more balsamic sauce and salt and pepper, if desired.
One bite of this burger and you'll be wondering what the point of the bun was to begin with.
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