I bet you didn’t think you could still eat burgers on the paleo diet huh? These are a little more work than just buying buns from the store but it is worth it to get a paleo burger that you can pick up with both hands and devour. The buns are made by flattening some green plantains and frying them in some oil. As odd as it sounds, because the plantains are starchy, it’s like eating a burger and fries all at once. These paleo burgers are filling and delicious.
NOTE: The recipe for the buns below is from the Primal Cravings cookbook.
For the preparation of these burgers, it is best to work as a team with one person cooking the buns while the other person cooks the burgers. This is especially true if you are grilling the burgers. It can all be done by one person, but it is a lot to handle at once on your own so we recommend splitting up the cooking to make things easier and ensure that everything finishes cooking around the same time.
Just have one person start smashing the lightly boiled plantains into buns and frying them up while the other person starts either grilling the burgers or cooking them in a pan.
Once the burgers and buns are ready, add on your favorite toppings and enjoy!
For the buns:
- 2 green plantains
- 3-4 Tbsp of avocado or coconut oil
- Salt to taste
For the burgers:
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Whatever toppings you want (pickles, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mustard, etc.)
- For the preparation of these burgers, it is best to work as a team with one person cooking the buns while the other person cooks the burgers. It can all be done by one person, but it is a lot to handle at once on your own so we recommend splitting up the cooking to make things easier and ensure that everything finishes cooking around the same time. You can start cooking the burgers once a few of the buns are done and everything should be ready to eat once the burgers are cooked.
- For the buns: Peel the plantains and slice them in to two inch thick rounds.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the plantain rounds until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the plantains and smash them flat with the back of a plate or other flat object. If the plantain sticks, just spray your flat surface with a little coconut oil. Scrape the flattened plantain off with a spatula and set aside on a plate.
- In a large skillet, melt a few tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Fry the flattened plantains until brown a crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Season with salt on each side and place the cooked buns on a paper towel lined plate. Add more oil as needed to finish cooking all of the plantains.
- For the burgers: Place the ground beef in a bowl and add in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper for seasoning. Mix everything together with your hands to get the seasonings evenly incorporated.
- Form the burgers into patties roughly the same size as the plantain buns and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
- Cook the burgers on the grill or in a skillet over medium heat, about five minutes per side to your desired doneness.
- Now make up your burgers. Put a bun on a plate, top with a burger patty, add your toppings and top it off with another bun.
- Eat these up. Use both hands.