If you know me well, then you’d know that my favorite meal (most days) is a bunless burger! I don’t even miss the bun at all! I actually prefer a burger without the bun (less messy that way).
When National Cheeseburger Day rolled around on September 18th, I actually had no idea that it was even a thing. I discovered it the morning of, so I had to act fast in order to participate!
That same day I happened to receive a gift in the mail from Liviva Foods – they sent me a bunch of their “pasta” to try. I had already been really wanting to try their rice shaped shirataki with oat fiber… so, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone.
- 185g Liviva Foods rice shaped shirataki with oat fiber (1/2 of a package)
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp no sugar added ketchup
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp minced onions
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsweetened nut milk (or you could probably use regular dairy milk)
- Cook the ground beef in a pan on medium/high heat, do not season.
- While the ground beef is cooking, combine the ketchup, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, minced onions, and salt in a small bowl and mix until it forms a paste.
- Once the meat is cooked, you can drain the fat if you wish (I left it in to add more flavor). Add the nut milk, shirataki rice, and the paste to the pan with the meat and stir until combined. Let this simmer on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. The mixture should form a sauce at this point. Be sure not to over cook – lower the heat if it gets too thick, and add 1 tbsp of water if necessary.
- Turn off the heat and add 3/4 of the cheese, reserving 1/4 cup. Stir until mixed in.
- Transfer the meat-sauce mixture into a small baking dish. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and place in the oven on broil (or as hot as your oven will go) for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
- Once removed from the oven, top with your desired toppings. I chose no sugar added ketchup, mustard, finely chopped red onion, and pickles.
You might be wondering about the macros on this, right? I didn’t measure the toppings, so here’s what I have for the actual casserole: 893 calories, 7g net carbs (14g total carbs), 63g fat, 61g protein.
I hope you have the opportunity to make this! The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, and if you don’t have the “rice” on hand you can definitely substitute it with riced cauliflower (or even whole florets), broccoli, or cabbage – it’s very versatile! You can also add in a cup of broth and make yourself a lovely cheeseburger soup.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the recipe, and of course let me know if you make it!