Paleo Perfect Burger


‘Tis the season, burger season. Summer if officially here. Summer solstice was June 20th, my birthday, along with a full moon (aaauuuuu!!). I’m pumped for a great one!

She has arrived. The hot, sweaty, sunny, fun season. Summer, when very weekend we fire up those grills, give that hot kitchens a break and take to our patios, decks and lawns, cold beverage in hand. I’m all for cooking outside, less dishes, better view and if we’re lucky a nice breeze. A juicy, flavorful burger is one of life’s simple pleasures, and one that we paleo folk can wholeheartedly enjoy. You can make a paleo bun or you can stack it with eggs and veg or just do a good ol’ lettuce wrap. Which isn’t really a wrap. Why do people call it that? It’s more like lettuce cups or lettuce buns. There is no wrapping involved. Here in Hawaii, they grow Manoa lettuce, different variations, but it’s small. The little baby Manoa butter lettuce leaves are just perfection for sandwiching a burger together.

This is my go- to ground beef mix and burger instructions. But before we get there, lets talk toppings.


Bacon/Prosciutto: oven roasted to crispy perfection, arrange on a sheet pan and place in the oven, then set to 350F. After it’s done pre-heating, check on it, close the oven, it will need another 5-8 minutes.

Fried Egg: I’m a fan of the crispy fried egg. Use a small skillet, 6″ or less. Heat 1 tbsp cooking fat in it. Crack the egg right in to the hot skillet. Season with salt, pepper and herbs. Cook on high until the whites are no longer translucent. If the edges look crispy but there are still a lot of white jiggly parts, lower heat and partially cover with lid until they’re cooked. You can use the ring of a mason jar lid or cookie cutter to trim your egg whites, for perfect burger size toppers!

Condiments: Homemade Mayo or Primal Kitchens MayoNightshade, sugar free mustard. Chimichurri. 

Thinly sliced onion. Pickles. Avocado. 

Ok, now let’s grill some beef. Did you know, my daddy’s a butcher. True story. His whole family. They have butcher shops. Not that it gives me any credentials… but I can grill.

Paleo Perfect Burger
Yields 5
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
21 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
21 min
390 calories
2 g
112 g
27 g
32 g
9 g
149 g
1037 g
0 g
2 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
Calories from Fat 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 112mg
Sodium 1037mg
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 lbs pastured ground beef
  2. 1 tbsp ground shiitake mushroom powder
  3. 1 tsp black pepper
  4. 1 tsp cumin
  5. 1/4 cup diced onion
  6. 2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
  7. 2 tbsp olive oil
  8. 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  9. 1 tsp garlic powder
  10. 1 tsp dried cilantro
  1. In a food processor pulse together the shiitake powder, black pepper, cumin, onion, salt, olive oil and vinegar. It will make a chunky paste.
  2. In a large bowl, mix this chunky paste with the beef until well combined.
  3. Use a large 4oz ice cream scoop to shape your patties.
  4. Make the scoop, then press it down, smoothing out the sides until it's about an inch thick. Make an indent in the center with your thumb (so they cook evenly and don't become meatballs).
  5. Place them on a cutting board or sheet pan, spinkle with a little garlic powder and cilantro.
  6. Heat your grill to 450F, closed.
  7. Have coconut oil spray and a spatula at the ready.
  8. Spray your burgers with coconut oil.
  9. Place your burgers on the grill, towards the back, oiled side down.
  10. Keep the lid open.
  11. Set timer for 3 minutes.
  12. Spray the burgers again with coconut oil and flip them over.
  13. Cook another 3-5 minutes until desired doneness.
  14. Remove from heat, and take to the kitchen to assemble.
  15. I like to set out my assembly area ahead of time.
  16. Enjoy!
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