Paleo burgers are just the thing to make you feel like you’re not on a diet at all. Most diets would reserve your burger to a free day or a cheat meal, but with Paleo as long as you use authorized ingredients, you’re in the clear.
1. Beef Burgers with Heart
Don’t get disheartened with this burger, as it’s made with ground beef heart. Organ meats are definitely on the menu with Paleo, and are a nod to our early ancestry. Paleolithic man couldn’t afford to let a nutrient-dense piece of meat go to waste, and this burger is going to provide more minerals and nutrition than one that doesn’t have a heart. If this is off-putting at first, you should try it, because the burger itself still tastes the same, and it gets lost within the ground beef since it’s a 75/25 ratio.
2. The Austin Burger
A recurring theme you’ll see with many Paleo burgers is that they’re using grass-fed beef to make them. This means you’ll be avoiding the toxic substances that are used with conventionally-raised cattle, like antibiotics and other medicines given to the cow, as well as growth hormones to make them get fatter faster. Instead you’ll get more CLA from the meat which will help you burn fat. This Austin burger features chipotle flakes, so it will have a bit of heat, making your mouth truly water. Garlic and cumin only add to the flavor overload.
3. Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers
These burgers are made from turkey, so you’ll be avoiding some of the saturated fat that comes with beef. They make a nice break from the typical burger, and include both apple and cheese in them. If you want to follow the Paleo diet strictly you can opt out of the cheese. Some Paleo followers allow for a bit of cheese now and then as long as they can handle it digestively, while others steer clear of it altogether. You can find success with the diet following either path, so it’s really up to you which stance you want to take.
4. Blue Burgers N Slaw
These burgers feature an interesting “bun” which isn’t really a bun at all but is made from plantains. This allows you to have more of a classic burger feel than going bunless, and definitely keeps the grains and flour away. The slaw that tops this burger includes some blue cheese, which you can omit to keep it totally Paleo. The slaw itself is a fantastic topper, and really helps add a lot of flavor to the burger. The show stealer is the bun made from plantains though, a nice tip you can apply to other recipes.
5. Cajun Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Get some Cajun flavor with these burgers, which include a bevy of spices to keep your taste buds guessing what’s coming next. Cajun seasoning is the way to go on this one to keep it very simple. Just make sure that there isn’t anything in it that goes against the Paleo guidelines. You can check the label to make sure that all it includes is the spices with no oddball ingredients like “natural flavoring” or gluten-containing ingredients. Once you have the right spice mix picked out, the rest of the recipe is very easy to put together.
6. Bunless Portobello Burger
This burger has a pair of portobello mushroom caps filling in for a normal bun. This allows you to shed any concerns about grains and gluten and provides a serving of vegetables at the same time. It will also keep you full longer than a regular bun, and since it’s lower in carbs you won’t have that carb crash later on. Ghee makes a better choice than butter, and removes the impurities from regular butter. Other than than this burger is tip-top and ready to eat!
7. Bison Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders
These burgers are made with three main ingredients, two of which you may eat regularly, and one that may be a bit of a stretch for you. Bison gets the call as the meat of choice in these burgers, specifically grass-fed bison. Bison is more akin to what our ancestors would have eaten, and many of the grass-fed bison roam free and haven’t been tampered with like conventional cows have. This makes them a more natural choice, and it gives you the same sort of meaty taste you want in a burger.
8. Avocado and Spicy Mayo Stuffed Burgers
Here’s a burgers that’s absolutely stuffed with avocado, and a spicy mayonnaise that provides a hidden flavor burst. They show you a unique way to slice up the avocado so that you can easily place it within the burgers. The mayo is made according to Paleo guidelines, and there’s some chipotle spice put into the mayo so it’s going to heat things up a bit and make this one burger your taste buds won’t soon forget. Anyone would love these burgers, whether they’re on Paleo or not.
9. Feta Gyro Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
Gyro burgers are a great change of pace from a regular burger, and these feature a few add-ons that make it more of a gyro experience. The first is feta cheese, which if you make sure that you’re using feta cheese made from goat milk and now cow’s milk might make it more Paleo. However, you can stick to the no cheese at all rule and still get a fantastic burger. The other part of this gyro burger is the tzatziki sauce. This can be made with yogurt made from coconut milk to keep it Paleo and still have it taste the same.
10. Bacon Burger Meatloaf
This thing is quite the monstrosity, but it’s so delicious. It’s part meatloaf, part burger, and all flavor. You get bacon throughout this burger, so you know each bite is going to taste great. It eats like a meatloaf because basically it’s a loaf of meat. But at the end of the day you’re getting distinct burger flavor, so it’s really a bunless burger. Either way, you’ll want to make this recipe right away so you can enjoy the different spices and layers of this bacon burger meatloaf, it will not disappoint.
11. Turkey Zucchini Burgers
These turkey burgers have zucchini cooked right into them, so you’re getting a vegetable right along with your meat. This makes it even easier to stay on track with Paleo, because too many recipes out there forget that Paleo is not just about eating meat all the time. You’re really supposed to be eating a bunch of vegetables each day. Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, and it’s silly to think that they had their pick of meat each day. In all likelihood that subsisted on the vegetation around them to get through to the next successful hunt.
12. Perfect Paleo Burger
Billed as the perfect Paleo burger, we just had to include this on our list to see what all the fuss was about. They’ve really pulled out all the stops on this one, with a topping of shoestring fries made from parsnips, and a garnish of avocado mousse. It really feels like you’re getting a burger from a fancy restaurant. They’ve doctored up the meat as well, so there’s a ton of flavor in the meat, and all of the other toppings and garnishes only help to bring out that flavor, rather than battle for control in your mouth.
13. Bacon Burger Stuffed Bellas
These portobello mushroom caps have been given the bacon burger treatment, and they’ll never be the same again. These oversized mushrooms seem to have been built just for this purpose, and they serve the dual role of providing you with added nutrients and fiber while taking the place of a bun which would have inundated you with grains. If you follow this recipe to the letter you’ll come up with a tasty burger replacement that is in line with the Paleo way of eating, but doesn’t force you to sacrifice good taste.
14. Salmon Crab Burger with Mustard Sauce
Sometimes you just have to break the mold and try something totally different to get a new burger idea. This burger is made from salmon and crab so you’re getting plenty of flavor without the need of ground beef or ground turkey. You’ll be getting a dose of omega-3s, which is important while on Paleo. You’ll also be getting good portion of protein from both the crab and the salmon. The mustard sauce really helps the taste, just be sure to opt out of the ciabatta bun or use a portobello mushroom instead.
15. Gruyere Stuffed Burgers
These burgers are stuffed with gruyere cheese, which may turn some Paleo followers away, but the lactose content of gruyere is so low that it’s almost undetectable. So if the reason you’re not eating cheese on Paleo is because of the lactose, this may be one cheese that you can have on occasion so that you can remember how good cheese tastes. The burgers are seasoned to perfection, and with the cheesy middle they are something that will make you feel like you’re having a treat.
16. Bacon Avocado & Jalapeno Stuffed Burgers
Stuffing your burger is the trendy thing to do, and these burgers have a trio of items stuffed into them so you won’t know what hit you. First is everyone’s favorite Paleo ingredient: bacon. You would basically be all set if that’s all that was in the middle of these, but there’s also avocado, which will balance out the bacon nicely and provide you with healthy fat, fiber, and a soft flavor. The jalapeno is just the kick your taste buds need to really get interested in the meal. All told this is one burger that is a force to be reckoned with.
17. Paleo Hawaiian Burgers with Spicy Relish
In any recipe labeled Hawaiian you’re bound to find some pineapple in it. Such is the case with these Hawaiian burgers, with the sweet-sour taste of pineapple used as a glaze so you get the flavor in each bite of burger. There’s also a spicy relish for the top of this burger, with the heat coming from poblano chilies. These are a tasty and spicy variety of chili pepper that may not make it into many of your recipes. It’s worth seeking them out in your local area for their unique flavor.
18. Paleo Asian Style Burgers
The fish sauce helps give these Asian-style burgers their flavor, and it somehow works to make the burger more delectable. There’s also coconut aminos used in place of soy sauce to really drive home the Asian theme. The use of grass-fed ground beef helps you avoid many of the harmful substances that are found in conventional beef, and it’s worth the extra few bucks to keep your body clear of these types of contaminants. Always strive to turn the clock back to a simpler time when food was more pure.
19. Dried Cherry Turkey Burgers
These burgers come loaded with dried cherries. These do two things: they give your taste buds a new flavor to savor, and they give your mouth a new texture to work with. Since you’re already using turkey instead of beef, these burgers are already outside your radar. When you add in the dried cherries, you’re turning it into something really special, and if you use the dried cherries at the times of the year when it’s best to eat dried fruit, spring and summer, you’ll be helping your body even more. Skip the goat cheese on the top of the burger if you don’t want to eat any cheese on Paleo.
20. Chipotle Chicken and Andouille Sausage Sliders
These sliders are made from two different meats that will each bring their own flavor to battle it out on your taste buds. But perhaps the best part of this recipe is that you can eat them on a proper bun because the bun is made from cauliflower. You don’t want to miss out on these burgers, so take a pass on the cheese to make it fully Paleo, as it doesn’t add much to the final equation, and the real treat is the battling meats. The cauliflower buns is a great recipe score so be sure to save it for future creations.
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