Warning: This picture was meant to make you laugh. Do not attempt. Results ARE typical.
Specialty hamburgers are sooooo much better than throwing a plain old hunk of meet on the grill. You can put almost anything in a burger to make it better. I make up a bunch of burgers for my lunches and eat them several days a week. That way I am always prepared... okay, that's a bold faced lie. The truth is I am never prepared. I struggle everyday with a schedule that is way to full for one woman. I am a hamster on the wheel of life. It seems like every day I am faced with a snake in my hamster cage, trying to devour my hamster self. Some days it's a little Garter snake, while others may as well be an Anaconda. But since Anaconda's usually eat Water Buffalo, I figure I am too scrawny to be too much of a meal. So I may hide my head for a moment but ultimately I come out of my hamster hiding, eyes bulging and ready to face what the Universe has to offer.
So the latest Primal Mama news is that both of our twins have to have their tonsils out and tubes put in their ears. They haven't been well for more than a week since November. We've been put on house arrest by the Pediatrician. Gone are our days of going to Knott's Berry Farm, the bounce house, petting zoo... preschool, you know... all those things that break up the day and keep mom sane. So if anyone out their has an idea for me to help pass the day indoors or in our yard while cut off from society, I would welcome it with open arms. The boys are two-years old but keep in mind they are behind a bit... so nothing too complicated please!
Alright! Back to burgers. Not much in life makes me happier than seeing a huge burger on my plate. Just because you remove the bun does not mean all the burgery goodness is gone. So let's take a walk down the lane of burger possibilities. The following are a couple of choices you can make. Now her comes the big news:
Primal Mama is having a burger recipe contest!
Starting right now through 10pm pacific time on March 13, post your best burger recipe to the comments section of this post. It can be anything you come up with but must follow the primal rules. So no dairy, no gluten, no grains. I'm not a purist so if you want to use vinegar or soy sauce like I do, that's perfectly fine. Just make sure they are gluten free. The winner will be chosen at random by a secret panel of judges. (Oooohhhh sounds so intriguing) The winning burger recipe will be posted on my FaceBook fan page. The winner will also get a little Primal Mama kitchen gift pack. Items to be determined by.... ME!
Sooo, Here are my best burgers:
Meat loaf burger:
one pound grass fed ground beef
1/2 small can tomato paste
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 green onions, sliced into little rounds
1 tsp soy sauce (gluten free)
Mix all ingredients together with your hands and shape into patties. Grill or pan fry and serve with guacamole on top.
1/2 pound ground lamb
1/2 pound grass fed beef
2 T. dried mint
1/4 cup pine nuts
4 chopped pepperoncinis (Greek peppers)
1 minced roasted red bell pepper (in the jar or do your own)
1 or 2 fresh cloves of garlic, crushed
sliced tomato and cucumber to top burger
1 T. tahini (sesame paste, looks like peanut butter available at TJ's or health food stores)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Mix all burger ingredients together and grill or pan fry. Make dressing by whisking all dressing ingredients together. Top the burger with slices of tomato and cucumber. Top with dressing.
These are just two of many variations on the burger. Let's see what you come up with!