Bunless Pineapple Bacon Burgers

pineapple bacon burgers

So you’re craving a fat juicy burger but you know that bread is no good for you. You’ve been going hard on this new diet for almost a week now as part of your healthy eating goal for the new year, maybe a whole30 challenge or you’re a guy doing your best to eat in more of a testosterone friendly way. You’ve had good results thus far but tonight… tonight you really just want to relax and enjoy something new.

Luckily you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re a veteran to Sweet Machine Fitness you’ll know that we have a way of taking bland boring health foods and changing them into something full of flavor!

Our bunless pineapple bacon burgers are no different. We take everything you love about a traditional pineapple bacon burger, but rather than throwing it on a bun, we wrap it in lettuce for a lower carb, gluten free main course. The only thing that may be questionable about this recipe is the use of pork bacon, but with only one slice per burger it doesn’t take away too much from the recipe. But if you’re worried about it, turkey bacon can be substituted in its place as well as ground turkey for the patties if your daily diet doesn’t call for beef. Either way will be a delicious meal. Paleo and whole30 approved.

You will need:img_6175

  • 2 lbs ground grasped beef (we used 85% this time around)
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 pineapple
  • Yellow or red onion
  • Head of romaine lettuce
  • Seasonings for the burgers


  • Honey Mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • Guacamole


  1. Cook bacon per instructions on package and set aside and drain *most* of the bacon grease.
  2. Form beef into 8 equal sized patties. Season and cook in remainder of bacon grease, flipping once so that the inside is no longer pink and reads at least 160F with a meat thermometer. While burgers are cooking, cut pineapple and red onion into slices.
  3. Make into burgers however you like using romaine lettuce rather than a bun to make this recipe gluten free. Top with BBQ sauce or honey mustard if following a flexible eating plan, or guacamole if on a strict paleo or whole30 challenge. Serve with fresh baked fries to make this a complete meal. Enjoy :)

Step by step with pics:


Cook up bacon per instructions on package and slice up pineapple and red onion. Drain most of the bacon grease, but save about 1 tbsp for cooking up burgers in.


Form beef into 8 even sized patties and cook in a cast iron skillet flipping once so that the inside is no longer pink. Inside should read atlas 160 F with a meat thermometer.


Assemble burger with pineapple, a slice of bacon, and slices of red onion. BBQ sauce and honey mustard optional, but a no go if following a strict plan. Serve with fresh baked fries for a complete, whole30 and paleo approved meal :)

Calories and Macros (no added toppings):

Serving size: 1 burger

Calories: 323

Protein: 24

Carbs: 11

Fat: 20

Enjoy! And share this recipe with a friend!!


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