I felt like having burgers tonight, but I wanted a burger that wasn’t just a plain burger. I know we’re mostly paleo, but my favorite way to have a burger is still with cheese and on a sesame seed bun. I used to LOVE the nights that my parents would take us to the drive-in to see a couple movies, because that meant homemade burgers on good buns, wrapped in foil so they would travel well. That meant that the hot burger in combination with the foil made it into steamy beefy goodness by the time we got to the drive-in!
But we were going to be Up with Paleo tonight, so no buns or cheese in sight! I also love guacamole…so I decided to stuff the burgers with guacamole, grill them up with a nice crust on the top and bottom, and serve them over local baby spinach with chopped Granny Smith apples and a little lime juice. DELICIOUS!
Guacamole Stuffed Burgers
2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ground mustard
4-5 mushrooms, finely diced
1/4 C + 2 Tbsp onion, finely diced and divided
1 tomato, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C chopped cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
1.- In a small skillet over medium heat, add a little fat (a tsp or so)–ghee, clarified butter, olive oil, whatever. Toss in the mushrooms and 2 Tbsp of onion. Cook until soft.
2.- In a large bowl, put ground beef, salt and pepper, ground mustard, and onion/mushroom mixture. Mix well with hands and set aside.
3.- In a small bowl, scoop out avocado and mash well. Add lime juice, tomato, garlic, cilantro, 1/4 C onion, and salt and pepper. Stir it up and taste it at least 1000 times. Wait…am I the only one who eats guacamole as I’m making it? Yes? Oh.
4.- Form thin hamburger patties of approximately the same size. On half of the hamburger patties, put about a heaping tablespoon of guacamole in the center. Take the other half of the patties and place on top of the guacamole, sandwich style. Press around the edges, sealing the patties together. Some of mine didn’t seal completely, but they still cooked just fine…so don’t worry!
5.- At this point you can grill them, broil them, or cook them on the stove. I cooked mine on the stove in about a tsp of Kerrygold butter. I used medium to medium-high heat and cooked them for about 5-6 minutes on each side.