Monday, March 26, 2012


Yes you can make turkey burgers paleo! Skip the bun, take out the breadcrumbs (I have some tricks to keep the patties intact) and serve piled high with delicious things like caramelized onions, guacamole, and roasted poblanos. I made two variations: one mild burger for the little one and the rest super spicy for mom and dad. I'll show you how its done!

Paleo Turkey Burgers

1 lb ground turkey
1 green onion, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
3 Tbsp Cauliflower-Zucchini Puree (use an egg if you want to skip this step)
1/2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder*
1-2 Tbsp Sriracha*
1 Serrano pepper, minced*

To make the non-spicy one, add all ingredients without the *s in a bowl. Mix with clean hands. Wet your hands and gently form a patty. Place on a sheet of wax paper while you make the hot ones.

Add the rest of the spicy ingredients and continue making patties with wet hands.

Cut the wax paper into individual squares.
 This will make it easy to transfer the patties to your hot skillet. 


Grill on a hot skillet until cooked through.
Now the toppings!

Caramelized Onions

2 onions, sliced thin
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Throw the butter and oil in a very hot skillet. Add the onions and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes. 

Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes. 

These will be very sweet, as the natural sugars will be pulled out from the salt and the heat.

Roasted Poblano

Turn on the broiler. Put the pepper in the oven about 5 inches from the broiler. Broil until black and blistered; flip and blacken the other side. Remove from oven and immediately seal in a plastic bag. This will loosen the skin so it is easy to peel. After 10 minutes, remove from bag and peel the skin. Cut into very thin slivers and serve on top of turkey burgers. 

For the unpaleo burger, serve with cheese, ketchup, etc. 

Sweet Potato Fries

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into french fries
2 Tbsp corn starch
1 Tbsp Tony Chachere seasoning
Olive Oil

Soak the sweet potatoes in ice water for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400ยบ. Dry the sweet potatoes. Set a portion aside for you if you want a paleo version. We are about to get un-paleo here. 
Throw the sweet potatoes into a ziplock bag with the cornstarch. Shake well. 

Put all the sweet potatoes on a greased sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Massage into the potatoes and spread the potatoes into an even layer. Don't worry much about keeping the paleo fries separate from the cornstarch fries. You'll be able to tell them apart when they are done. The cornstarch ones will be crispier. Okay, sprinkle the whole thing with the Tony's seasoning and salt and throw in the oven for about 45 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. 

 Three Diets, One Dinner

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  1. I am going to try this recipe. Why do I need to soak the sweet potatoes?

    1. Soaking the sweet potatoes removes some of the starch. I find that the fries turn out much crispier when they are soaked. Make sure they are totally dry when you bake them!

  2. Great patties, never taste anything better before! I´m never going back to the red meat ones. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It's hard to keep ground poultry from drying out. I think breadcrumbs make it even worse! I'm glad you liked these. But don't shortchange yourself on the red meat. There's just nothing like a nice, fat, juicy, pink burger with grassfed beef. Try my short rib burgers!

  4. For a Paleo version would Tapioca starch work the same as the corn starch?

    1. That is a great question! I have never tried it. If you do, please let me know how it works out =)

  5. Is sriracha sause the same as tabasco sauce?

  6. No Sriracha is a spicy chili garlic sauce. It tastes great on almost anything! It is made by Huy Fong Foods and has a rooster on the bottle.

  7. Paleo Sriracha recipe here -

  8. Amazing recipe, I've never had any better turkey burger and I'm stoked that I found this - I'll make them once a week :) Thanks!!!


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