What Makes the Best Low FODMAP Burger?
We start with freshly ground beef, preferably about 80% lean to keep it juicy. We love them cooked on the grill outdoors, but a cast iron pan or grill-pan indoors works wonders, too.
Then we add low FODMAP seasonings and add-ons, like cheese and sometimes more than one condiment. We like a low FODMAP roll, too, although we have also been known to just wrap our burger up in a lettuce leaf.
Is Cheese Low FODMAP?
This is a question we hear a lot and we understand the confusion! Be sure to read our blog article for a more in-depth discussion on Dairy Versus Lactose Free. Simply put, many hard cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss are low enough in lactose to be considered low FODMAP. And they happen to be the cheeses we love melted on burgers – so enjoy! Add the cheese slices to the tops of the burgers about 1 minute before they are done.
The Best Low FODMAP Burgers
This is our recipe for the best-ever low FODMAP burger!
- 1 pound (455 g) 80% or 85% lean ground beef, well chilled
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 low FODMAP gluten-free hamburger buns
- 4 thin slices of cheddar or Swiss cheese, or your low FODMAP cheese of choice
- Lettuce, green or red leaf or butter lettuce
- 4 slices of beefsteak tomato
- 4 slices of crisp cooked bacon; use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
Place the beef in a mixing bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper and gently combine; do not overwork the meat.
Divide the meat into four equal plump patties, taking care not to overly compress the meat. Make a slight dimple in the center of each patty with your thumb, which will encourage even cooking. Set aside. Have your buns toasted, if desired. (If we are using a skillet, we toast them on the skillet; if we are using a grill, we toast them on the grill).
Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat or prepare your grill to a medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook for about 3 minutes, undisturbed. Flip over and cook for about 3 minutes more for medium-rare, or a minute longer if you like them more well done. If you are adding cheese, do so during the last minute of cooking, covering if necessary to encourage the cheese to melt.
Arrange lettuce on bottom of burger bun, add a slice of tomato and place (cheese) burger on top. Crown with bacon and add your low FODMAP condiments of choice; serve immediately.