How to cut iceberg lettuce for burgers + sandwiches. The hack for the easiest and most delicious bread + bun replacement for whole30 + keto lettuce wrapped burgers! Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating, real food.

hand holding an iceberg lettuce wrapped sandwich

Now that I’ve discovered this lettuce bun hack, I can enjoy whole30 + keto lettuce wrapped burgers all the time!

It is so easy to do. Takes less than 1 minute. And it is SO much easier than doing those lettuce wrapped sandwiches that always break and are a huge pain.

how to cut iceberg lettuce for burgers and sandwich buns

How To Cut Iceberg Lettuce for Burgers + Sandwiches

To start, you will take a whole head of organic iceberg lettuce. I like to use organic so I know it is free of pesticides.

I peel off the outer 1 or 2 leaves so the remaining leaves have never been touched by unclean hands.

how to cut iceberg lettuce for burgers and sandwich buns

You will cut off the top 1/2″ of the head of iceberg lettuce. Then, you will gently peel apart the leaves in half, creating 2 lettuce buns. That’s it! So easy!

Depending on the size of your head of iceberg lettuce, you can get at least 2 other “buns” from the other edges.

iceberg lettuce wrapped hamburger and zucchini fries

Use your lettuce buns to make the most amazing lettuce wrapped burgers or sandwiches. The iceberg gives it the perfect crunch. You won’t even miss the bread!

Bonus? It is practically calorie free, whole30 + keto!

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Lettuce Bun Hack

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: at least 3 buns 1x



1 head organic iceberg lettuce


Peel out the outer 1 or 2 leaves of the iceberg lettuce.

Cut the top 1/2″ off the top of the head of the iceberg lettuce. Gently pull out half the lettuce, then flip it over to create lettuce buns.

Can be repeated at least 2 other times on the other edges of the iceberg lettuce.

Use as lettuce “buns” for burgers or sandwiches!


I personally don’t wash the iceberg lettuce, but feel free to wash yours if you want.

When using for sandwiches, they travel great! I store my sandwich in a stasher bag, and it has kept for at least 8 hours in a cooler. No need to worry about bread getting soggy!

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