One of the biggest things I miss about being gluten free is a good hamburger. Sure, I’ve eaten them on lettuce wraps…. without a bun… even on a gluten free bun… nothing is the same.
The other problem is that I am not a huge fan of getting really messy when I eat (which is one of the main reasons I am not a fan of chicken wings), and I associate hamburgers without a bun – especially ones in a lettuce wrap – as being exceptionally messy! So, I have been on a mission to find a hamburger alternative without the mess. Enter… the hamburger casserole!
Also, lately, we’ve been a on Paleo-ish diet. We’ve been trying to stick to most of the Paleo rules… except when it comes to mayo. I know it has soybean oil in it… but I have tried and tried to make my own mayo and have failed miserably every time. So, we’ve been using Duke’s mayonnaise since it has no sugar and the least amount of ingredients of any of the brands I’ve seen. Someday, I’ll learn how to emulsify oil and eggs to make my own, but until then, Duke’s will have to suffice. That’s why I called this recipe Paleo-ish. If you make your own (or don’t use it at all), you’re good to go.
Let’s get to this…. First, you’re going to want to chop an onion, add it and turkey to a skillet, and add seasonings.
Cook that mixture until turkey is brown and onions are soft and translucent.
Once that is cooked, drain the turkey and add it to a casserole dish.
Not doing Paleo? If you’re not on Paleo and want to add cheese, now would be the time to do so. Just top the turkey with cheese and place in oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Now, it’s time to add your toppings! For our casserole, we used lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, ketchup (we make our own from this recipe with a few Paleo friendly substitutions), and pickles. These are our favorite toppings at Five Guys, but you can use whatever toppings you want! Next time I might add some bacon! Yum!
Already have a favorite fast food hamburger? Here are some topping ideas to mimic the same taste:
Burger King’s Whopper or Wendy’s Hot n Juicy: tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles
McDonald’s Hamburger: pickles, ketchup and mustard
To add the mayo, I spoon a little into a plastic bag and cut off the tip to make sort of a piping bag. It helps me spread the mayo more easily.
Once you’ve chosen your desired ingredients, you are going to want to just layer.
Now, you’re complete and ready to serve it up to your family! We chopped our toppings but you definitely don’t have to!
|Hamburger Casserole -- Gluten Free / Paleo-ish|| |
- 2½ lbs ground turkey
- 1 onion, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- Toppings of your choice.
- In a large skillet, add turkey and onion. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders. Cook until turkey is brown and onions are soft and translucent.
- Add turkey to a casserole dish.
- If you want to add cheese-- Top with cheese and place in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until melted.
- Top with desired toppings.