It’s finally summer – and that means weekends are filled with cookouts, barbecues, and plenty of picnic food. There’s nothing quite like the taste of a great grilled burger. Although a bun helps hold the meat, cheese, and condiments together on a good burger, sometimes, the bun that burger is served on can pose a problem. For those with celiac disease, a gluten-intolerance, or just trying to cut down on carbs, there is no reason why you have to skip out on delicious, juicy burgers because you can’t eat the buns. Check out these five alternatives to the traditional burger bun so that you can get your burger fix this summer:\nAlternatives to Hamburger Buns\nTry tomatoes instead of burger buns\nTomatoes not only make a tasty alternative to the burger bun but they also have many health benefits because tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin A and C. Slice a large tomato in half as a substitute for bread or try using smaller tomato slices for burger sliders.\n\nUse lettuce instead of burger buns\nA big piece of crispy and refreshing Romaine lettuce can be used to wrap your burger and all the fixings. Romaine lettuce is a good source of fiber, Vitamin C and K, and potassium.\n\nPortobello mushroom as a hamburger bun\nA baked or grilled Portobello mushroom\u00a0provides a good source of fiber, as well as adds plenty of minerals to your diet. It also mimics the texture of a burger bun almost perfectly.\n\nEggplant for burger buns\nSliced and grilled eggplant makes for a great burger bun substitute because eggplants are filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains chlorogenic acid, a natural antioxidant found in plants.\n\nRed peppers for burger buns\nRed peppers are packed with Vitamin A and C and are a good source of Vitamin B6 and magnesium. In addition, red peppers add a sweet flavor to your burger and are large enough to be used as the buns.\n\nWe hope you enjoy these tasty alternatives to traditional hamburger buns. Opting for large, vitamin-packed veggies to keep your burger bundled can help you to better enjoy your next summer cookout.\nIf you find that your digestive problems are unmanageable, visit the UPMC Digestive Disorders Center, or call 1-866-4GASTRO (27876).