The Perfect Paleo Burger with Seasoning Recipe
The Perfect Paleo Burger
Burgers tend to get a bad rap for not being a healthy choice. When you choose high-quality meat and use wholesome ingredients, this is a great 30-minute meal to make for your family.
Remember, the successful secret to eating a healthy lifestyle is finding healthy alternatives to your favourite foods. By doing so, you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself and binge later.
Instead of a gluten-based bun, I pair this Perfect Paleo Burger with my Grain-Free Burger Buns I shared a few weeks ago. I usually top my burger with spinach, tomato, avocado, dijon, and soy-free vegenaise. And if you’re looking to make it a complete meal, try having my Best Ever Backyard BBQ Summer Salad, too.
When looking to make a healthy alternative to a fast food burger, you want to make sure you are opting for high-quality beef. I always choose grass-fed beef. Grass is the food cows are designed to eat — not corn or grain (like the majority of the animals are fed).
- Leaner and juicier
- Higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin Bs
- 2-4x more omega 3 fatty acids
- Healthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats
- More good unsaturated fats
- Lower bad saturated fat
- 3 to 5 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
If you’re wondering what all those different food labels mean, check out my ultimate guide here.
Best Burger Tips & Techniques
- Add the salt/seasoning JUST before cooking as salt will draw moisture out of the meat.
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes if you’re worried about the burger not holding together.
- Skip adding eggs as it makes a denser burger because the juices can’t run as easily throughout the meat.
- Say no to the breadcrumbs — they absorb moisture and result in a dryer burger.
- Handle the beef as little as possible to prevent it from getting too tough.
- Don’t compress to make tight burger patties as this will also cause the meat to be tough.
- Do not use a spatula to press down on the burgers. This releases the juices.
- Handle the burgers as little as possible once cooking.
- Always let rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking to allow juices to redistribute through the burgers.
Super juicy beef burger seasoning perfectly.
15 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
Yields 4 burgers
- 1 lb grass-fed lean ground beef or bison
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- Unrefined sea salt, to taste (or seasoning below)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Clean, oil, and preheat your BBQ.
- Combine the beef, garlic, and dijon in a bowl and mix well. Separate beef mixture into four equal portions.
- Gently shape into desired thickness (I make mine about 1”).
- Use your thumb to make an indent in the middle of each burger to prevent them from shrinking while cooking.
- Just before cooking, generously season the top of each burger and place it seasoned-side down on the grill.
- Sear on high heat for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium. Cook 5-7 minutes more.
- Just before you flip, season the other side. Sear on high for 1 minute. Reduce to medium and cook 5-7 minutes more.
- Remove from grill and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the burger.
- Place in my grain-free burger buns and add desired toppings.