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Monster Turkey or Veggie Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free)

This is a MONSTER burger – full of clean, lean protein, fiber, and wholesome goodness. I recently learned about the eggplant bun and knew I had to try it. Although it’s not the same as using a bread bun, it is pretty darn close…

Veggie-Loaded Monster Turkey Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free with Vegan option)

Yep. You use roasted eggplant slices for the bun.

This burger is the kind that gets all over your face and hands and it is SO worth it. It’s literally packed to the brim (can you tell in the photo above?!) with yummy ingredients! Use roasted eggplant slices for the bun and LOAD up on veggies. It’s low carb, full of nutritious goodies, and filling. If you’re not into meat, use a veggie burger! See both options below —

Veggie-Loaded Turkey Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free): 
– 1 lb of turkey meat – 8 oz of light meat, 8 oz of dark meat — My husband and I make 4 small patties so we can have leftovers, plus there are so many toppings, one 4 oz burger is a filling meal, especially if paired with a side
– 2 eggplant slices per burger (each slice should be about 1/2 inch thick), roasted – for roasting directions, click here
– Burger Toppings: I use black bean hummus, raw sauerkraut, yellow mustard, arugula, and avocado. I don’t measure – I just pile it all on. I must say that this combo is phenomenal. I’ve also subbed in regular hummus or mashed black beans, tomato slices, cilantro, non-dairy cheese, and dijon mustard. Use what you have on hand, but if you can use the toppings above, You’ll thank me later 😉

First, roast your eggplant slices (about 1/2 inch thick or they’ll fall apart) if you don’t already have any roasted (I like to roast mine at the beginning of the week during my food prep so this meals comes together very quickly). While the eggplant is roasting, form your burger patties and add any spices that you like. I love sprinkling the patties with “The Spice Hunter” Salt-free Barbeque Spice Blend. Alternatively, you could use a little bit of salt and pepper. Grill the burgers to your liking.

Assemble your burgers using the eggplant buns. Here’s how I did it (from bottom to top) – eggplant slice, yellow mustard, turkey burger patty, arugula, raw sauerkraut, avocado, black bean hummus, eggplant slice. Enjoy!

Veggie-Loaded Monster Turkey Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free with Vegan option)

You can see here that my eggplant bun was a little thin… this is why it’s good to start with thicker slices as they shrink down a bit when they’re roasted.

– The mixture of 8 oz light and 8 oz dark meat keeps the burger lean while also leaving enough juiciness/moisture from the darker meat.
– I recommend buying certified organic turkey to steer clear of antibiotics, hormones, and other nasty things that you definitely don’t want to be eating.

Veggie-Loaded Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free, Vegan, Sugar-free):

– Same as above, but use your favorite veggie burger

Veggie-Loaded Monster Turkey Burger with Eggplant Bun (Gluten-free with Vegan option)

Here I used my favorite gluten-free, vegan frozen burger and added avocado, tomato, cilantro,                     arugula, mustard, and raw kraut!

My favorite veggie burgers are Hilary’s Eat Well frozen burgers. I LOVE the Hemp & Greens and Root Veggie Varieties. It’s the healthiest frozen ‘convenience’ food I’ve found as it’s made of real food, including hemp, millet, and leafy greens, and has no weird chemicals. You can find them at health food stores or Whole Foods Market.

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  1. This looks great! I’m sharing with my 30 Days to Feeling Fit group. We’re going dairy-free and gluten-free and I’ll definitely try this. Thanks!
    Cheryl recently posted…5:30 a.m… What? Starting the Day RightMy Profile

    • Wonderful, Cheryl! What a great group! Please feel free to peruse my other recipes as they are all gluten-free and dairy-free. I’ll be unveiling a new recipe search function in the coming weeks, so it will make it easier :) Enjoy the recipe and thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. What a crazy idea (in a good way ;)! I’m not usually a fan of eggplant, but when paired with a burger (one of my favorite things on the planet) I think I would love it. Definitely a fork and knife kind of a burger… Yum!
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  3. Yum!! This looks so good!! I can’t wait to try this–thanks for sharing!

  4. Setting here salivating! I want this…I love egg plant. Thanks for sharing all these goodies today!
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  5. Thanks for linking-up to Minimal Ingredient Mondays. I love the idea of using eggplant as a bun! I’ve featured your recipe this week. Hope to see you back again :)
    Erin S recently posted…Minimal Ingredient Mondays- Eggplant Burger Buns, Southwest Seasoned Potatoes & Carrots and Cashew Hemp MilkMy Profile

  6. I love the idea of using eggplant as a bun, pinned to my everything yummy board. Thanks for sharing once again on Real Food Fridays.
    Joyce @ It’s Your Life recently posted…Tae Bo Extreme & Raw ColeslawMy Profile

  7. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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