I’ve recently renewed my love for burgers; especially homemade ones. Burgers are a blank slate just begging for some toppings — ranging from simple to extravagant. I had about a half pound of ground beef left over from the last time we made burgers but once it defrosted, Corey’s words were “that doesn’t look like its going be enough.” He was probably right, as I do think it was a bit less than a half pound of meat (yeah… I make quarter pounder burgers haha). So we drew some inspiration from a meatloaf we had through our Green Chef box experience; and decided to add some crushed almonds. I would’ve never thought of doing that, but they added such a great texture to the meatloaf! I also knew I wanted to add an egg to the beef mixture to help the meat bind together better. I mixed the beef with a blend of spices, an egg, and the crushed slivered almonds and found that the consistency was a tiny bit to moist. So I got creative and added a quarter cup of almond flour – it instantly became the right consistency. I cooked the burgers on a skillet for about 10 mounts per side and then served them on a sprouted bun with avocado and broccoli slaw. We took a bite and DANG. The almond flour created a slight crust to the outside of the patty, and the crushed almonds throughout gave the same special something that they did in the Green Chef meatloaf. (Not to mention the extra nutritional punch; Hello unsaturated fatty acids!) Corey and I were in burger paradise, and mutually decided that we would never make our burger patties any differently. This recipe is super simple to execute and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Give it a try ASAP; its a great way to update your burger patty recipe and would taste with any topping or condiment.
Nuttin’ Fancy Burger Patties
Ingredients (Serves 2):
1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef
1/3 cup crushed slivered almonds
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
- In a medium bowl combine ground beef, almonds, egg, and spices.
- Add almond flour and mix well. (I use my hand to mix)
- Separate the mixture into two even portions. Roll pieces into ball shape and then flatten out until patties are about 1/2 inch thick. They should be larger than the circumference of your buns, since they will shrink while cooking.
- In a skillet or grill pan, cook burgers on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes per side (or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees/desired doneness).
- Remove from pan and serve on your bun of choice, with your preferred toppings.
Suggestion: Try them the way we did; on sprouted wheat buns with avocado and my cilantro lime broccoli slaw! (recipe here)