There is nothing quite as universally appealing as burgers and fries. Eating a paleo diet is no reason not to enjoy them. Whether you prefer Sweet Potato Fries, regular french fries, or nothing with your burger, it doesn’t matter – this is a satisfying meal.
I feel the best burger recipe is the simple one. A recipe where the beef flavor is allowed to standout.
Little preparation is required for a great burger. I like to get ground beef with the most fat I can find – usually 80% lean, ground chuck is the best. I love the high fat content for grilling, each time a drop of fat hits the hot coals it is turned into smoke and that flavors the meat.
I mix just a few things in my ground beef: sea salt, pepper, onion powder and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Mix the spices and meat lightly over mixing can cause tough meat.
I hand patty and throw the burgers on the grill. I flip the burger (only once) after about 5 minutes. Do not press down on the patty with the spatula – that remove juices and flavor, creating a dry burger. Then I pull it off the grill when the internal temperature is about 145 degrees F. I let them rest a few minutes and enjoy.
When cooking grass fed burger I generally pull it off the grill sooner (about 125 degrees). I will sometimes place a pat of grass fed butter on top of the burger as it is cooking to enhance the juiciness too.
I love burgers and they are the perfect summertime meal. Cooking outside, so you don’t heat up the house. I you don’t want to eat fries with them, mashed cauliflower is a good alternative. Be sure to load the burger with your favorite vegetables and greens… Avocado is great too.
If you are looking for some help in the grilling department I recommend getting a copy of Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ by Elizabeth Karmel. She is not paleo, but the advise on how to cook and select meat, grilling techniques and more is worth adding this to your paleo library.
How do you make your “Best Burger”?