Whole30 Jalapeño Avocado Bacon Burger

As seen on our Whole30 Challenge: Day 9. Click to read more!

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Now I'll admit...up to this point, I had never actually cooked a hamburger before, but I liked the idea of it so I thought I'd give it the ol' college try. I looked up a few recipes in various cookbooks, got the basic idea, and decided to merge a few ideas and make my own version of one that would be Whole30 compliant and have a little twist. Hello World, Meet the Whole30 Jalapeño Avocado Bacon Burger, with special sauce (aka sidekick spicy mayo with a kick).

For whatever reason G Love and Special Sauce just came to mind...I digress. Not sure that was worth it...

Back to basics. Since I have the "go-big or go-home" attitude whenever I try anything new, I decided to really take it up a few notches by also adding an egg, bacon, grilled onions and avocado to this already larger-than-life size burger.

TASTE TEST: I would say this was probably one of my top 3 favorite Whole30 meals I've had to date. For whatever reason I had quite the healthy appetite and am somewhat embarrassed to admit, I ate the whole thing! I feel like I'm eating way more now on the Whole30 than I ever did before, but I'm going to keep it up! The sauce has a little kick, but I thought it was a nice touch to the burger. The potatoes were simple, yet quite tasty as well.

Whole30 Jalapeño Avocado Bacon Burger

SERVINGS: 6-8 burgers, depending on size

INGREDIENTS: Jalapeño Burger

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef (or ground bison)

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeño

  • 1 teaspoon Everyday Spice Blend (or favorite Whole30 seasoning)

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Accompaniments:

  • bibb lettuce leaves

  • 1/4 avocado (per burger)

  • grilled onion

  • egg, pan fried

  • bacon, cooked (Pederson's uncured, no sugar added hickory smoked bacon)

  • Clausen pickle

  • tomato, sliced (not pictured)

STEPS: Jalapeño Burger

1. Combine all ingredients in bowl.

2. Form into patties that are 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick.

3. Cook bacon, egg, and grilled onions if using.

4. You can either grill, pan grill, or bake the burgers in the oven. Make sure meat is well-cooked and has an internal temperature that measures 160°F.

  • To grill/pan grill: Spray grill or grill pan with Avocado Oil spray or use Avocado Oil or Olive Oil. Grill burgers 5-7 minutes per side, depending on desired level of doneness.

  • To bake burgers: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip burgers and bake for 10-15 minutes more, depending on desired level of doneness.

5. Place burger on bibb lettuce leaf and top with desired accompaniments: egg, avocado, tomato slice, bacon, grilled onions, Clausen pickle, and special sauce.

Whole30 Jalapeño Burger Special Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon seeded jalapeño, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon Frank's Red Hot Sauce

  • sea salt, to taste

  • pepper, to taste

STEPS:

1. Combine all ingredients together in bowl to blend.

2. Drizzle over burger.

Note: This burger recipe version was adapted from various recipes with the main reference below:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/reviews/jalapeno-cheeseburgers-with-bacon-and-grilled-onions-232193#reviews

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