Gluten Free Unami Burgers Recipe

Gluten Free Umami Burgers Recipe

Umami is a Japanese word that when translated means “pleasant savory taste.” It is one of the five basic tastes along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

A “basic taste” is similar to a primary color – it is a basic which can be combined with other basics to create an almost infinite number of more complex tastes.

In many recipes we look for the perfect balance of some or all of these basic tastes – it is what makes the difference between an OK cook and a great cook.

But sometimes, as with color, letting one really stand out adds punch and vibrancy. These burgers let the basic of umami stand out. There is a little sweetness and a little saltiness for balance but the star of the show in these burgers is umami.

I usually eat my burgers on a lettuce leaf but feel free to add a gluten free bun if you like.

This Gluten Free Umami Burgers recipe was created to be low sodium, so I used San-J Tamari Lite. If sodium is not an issue, you can use any of San-J’s exceptional tamaris instead.


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Gluten Free Unami Burgers Recipe
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Gluten Free Umami Burgers Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time36 mins
Total Time1 hr 1 min
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • teaspoons San-J Tamari Lite
  • 2 garlic cloves finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 lettuce leaves


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, Tamari Lite, garlic, pepper, and sugar. Mix to combine and let sit 15 minutes. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. Cook in a skillet or on a grill 3 minutes per side for medium. Serve on a lettuce leaf topped with a quarter of the onions.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Umami Burgers Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 150mg6%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1865IU37%
Vitamin C 16.7mg20%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  3. August 5, 2014

    can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I would like to try the burger recipe. I have been gluten free for 3 years now. I lost 6 inches off my waist in the first 5 months. I find some things are easy to make successfully other things are a little trickier. I don’t like rice flour much…seems a little sandy. Will try your recipes. Keep up the good work.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      September 3, 2014

      Hi Anne,
      Wow that’s great! Keep it up, it’s worth it. :) Yes, some rice flours can be a little grainy, you’re right. I hope you enjoy the burgers!

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