Indian Spiced Burgers

Our little Monday night burger night needed a little kick in the pants. We’ve been doing whatever fake meats our local market has on hand (our favorites so far have been the Beyond Burgers and the Quorn Southern Fried “chicken” patties)j, and it’s been going really well. This week they happened to be out of good (non-lentil, non-bean) options, so I went for something a little different.

It was a big hit with me; with DH, not so much. He’s much more of a traditionalist when it comes to “staple” kid-friendly foods and has to be in the right mood for anything too far off the beaten path.

gluten-free, paleo

Indian Spiced Burgers

500g ground beef

1 Tbsp. ginger garlic paste (I used prepared)

3/4 small bunch cilantro

2 small green chilis

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 Tbsp. curry powder (your favorite mix)

Juice & zest of 1 lime

1 tsp. red chili powder (I used cayenne)

Mince your cilantro and chili. Add with the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Mix until combined well, but not gluey.

Divvy into 4 burger patties and fry until your desired done ness has been reached.

I served mine with Kewpie mayonnaise and a generous dollop of Bombay Sandwich Chutney on a soft bun. DH added cheese to his.

Serves 4

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Avocado Chicken Burger

This recipe makes a nice light burger that’s juicy, delicious from the fat, and a nice change from beef. It’s perfect with a sriracha mayo or asian-inspired dipping sauce, too. 

Gluten-free, paleo, whole30

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Avocado Chicken Burger 

Based off the Chicken Avocado Burger recipe by Laughing Spatula 

1 pound ground chicken 
1 avocado, chopped 
Juice of half a lime 
2 tsp. granulated garlic 
2 tsp. onion powder 
1 egg, lightly beaten 
1/4 c. – 1/2 c. almond flour 
2 big pinches Kosher salt & a few grinds black pepper 
2 Tbsp. coconut oil 

Knead all ingredients together but the almond flour and avocado chunks. Your mixture should look really wet. Add half the almond flour, check to see if your mixture holds together (loosely is fine). Add the rest if needed. 

Once your mixture is burger-able, gently fold the avocado into the mix. 

Portion into 4 burger patties and pan fry over medium-high in 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 3-4 minutes per side (until cooked through and browned). 

Serves 4

Almost-As-Good-As-Having-Salsa Sweet Potato Bowl

I realize this is not the best photo, nor is the most exciting dish out there – but it did do make a little dent in the craving I was having one night.

I love salsa, guacamole, lime juice and tacos – I could live off of them happily. Sadly, tacos (at least tacos with corn tortillas + the tortilla chips they come with) are a no-go on Whole30.

One night it was just me for dinner and I was having a wicked craving for salsa. Like full-blown nothing else would do in my life craving – but I had no W30 tomato products in the house but tomato paste, and that’s not happening. I briefly considered picking around the corn and beans in the jar of salsa I had – but a: that’s cheating, b: that salsa wasn’t what I wanted, and c: the bean and corn to tomato ratio was too high.

And since I’m lazy and it was arctic cold out, I decided to rough it out with what I had in the house. I’m happy to report, that while this dish isn’t beautiful – it did fit the bill.

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Almost-As-Good-As-Having-Salsa Sweet Potato Bowl

1 medium sweet potato, baked (pierce with fork, bake @400 for 45 minutes – bake a few at once so you don’t have to go through that drama again when you want a quick dinner)

1/2 an avocado

1 tsp. aleppo pepper

2 tsp. lime juice

pinch cumin

pinch garlic powder

pinch onion powder

1 burger patty

Reheat your sweet potato under the broiler if it’s a leftover; bake if not. While that is working, cook your burger to your liking – I do 3 minutes per side in a medium-hot pan.

When the potato is done and cool enough to handle, slip the skin of however you can. Add to a bowl and mash. Add the avocado and spices and mash some more.

Top with the burger patty and go to town.

Serves 1 for dinner

Thai-style Burgers with Spicy Carrot Slaw (Paleo)

My DH hates turkey burgers with a passion. He hates their denseness, their dryness, and their (usual) complete lack of character.

He does not hate *these* turkey burgers. They’re juicy little flavor bombs with enough chew to make you not even notice the lack of a bun. And with this kicky little slaw as a side, the meal gets better and better.

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Thai-Style Burgers with Spicy Carrot Slaw and Sweet Potato Fries

Adapted from Thai Turkey Burgers by How Sweet It Is

Burgers

1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
2 scallions
2 carrots
Big pinch salt
Few grinds black pepper
Coconut oil for the pan

Sauce

1/4 c. chili garlic sauce (Sambal Olek)
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
1/2 c. canned coconut milk
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. almond butter
Thumb-sized knot ginger
1 lime
1 Tbsp. coconut aminos

Slaw Topper

4 carrots
1/2 c. cilantro
1/2 c. cashews

Sweet Potato Fries

1 large sweet potato
Grapeseed oil
Salt
Pepper
Smoky grill spice or any other really yummy seasoning meant to go on meat

First thing’s first. Let’s get those fries working. Set your oven to 425 (F). While your oven is heating, wash and peel your sweet potato and cut it into large fry shapes. (I had a huge over a pound potato, so I halved mine width-wise, then length-wise before cutting into oven fry shapes – you do whatever is appropriate for your potato size and shape).

Rub your fries with grapeseed oil and toss with salt, black pepper and some sort of yummy grill seasoning. I happen to have had a really good smoky seasoning I wanted to take for a test run.

When your oven is preheated, pop the fries in and set the timer for 12 minutes. When the time is up, flip your fries and set the timer for an additional 12 minutes – your fries should take from 25-30 minutes to cook total. Make sure to watch them during the last cooking period – they burn fast.

While the fries are working, move onto some mise. Grate all your carrots – I use a food processor, and it makes life much better. Portion out about 1/4 c. for the burger and 3/4 c. for the slaw. Add the burger carrots to one bowl and the slaw carrots to another.

Thinly slice your scallions and add to the burger bowl. Add the salt, pepper and turkey.

Chop the cilantro and add to the slaw bowl. Toast the cashews in a dry pan until just beginning to brown – remove and chop. Add to the slaw bowl.

Now move on to the sauce.

Grate the ginger and add to a small saucepan. Juice the lime and add along with the rest of the sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine (until smooth-ish). Bring the sauce up to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook 3-4 minutes (or until beginning to thicken). Set aside.

And now for the burgers. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil and bring up to temperature.

Add 3-4 Tbsp. sauce to the burger bowl – work everything in the burger bowl until it comes together. Beware – the mixture will be pretty wet, but that’s ok. Portion out your patties and place into the skillet as you go – you should have enough for 4 nice-sized burgers. Cook the burgers 4-5 minutes per side, or until nicely golden brown. Be careful when flipping.

Add another 3-4 Tbsp. sauce to the slaw bowl and toss to coat.

To serve, top each burger with a heaping helping of slaw and more sauce if desired. The sauce also makes an excellent dip for the fries.

Can easily serve 4 for dinner with the appropriate amount of fries, or 2 for dinner with 2 lunches left over.