Kitchen Tip: My Favorite Sides for Bunless Burgers

July 23, 2012 in Categories: , , by

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We are quite in the habit of eating hamburgers without buns (even a paleo version like this recipe).  Our favorite side dishes are sautéed onion and mushrooms, grilled avocado, a big garden salad and watermelon!  To gill avocado, simply cut the avocado in half, remove the pit but leave in the rind.  Rub a little oil on the avocado meat so it doesn’t stick to the grill (I typically use Avocado Oil because when I’m grilling I tend to accept that there’s going to be some Advanced Glycation End-products formed and I’m zen with that).  Place the avocado, open side down on the grill for 5-8 minutes (depending on how hot your grill is).  Flip and grill another 3-4 minutes.  We serve right in the peel (but don’t eat the peel!).  For sautéed onion and mushrooms, I like to chop up one giant sweet yellow onion (cut in half and then slice into ¼” semi-circles) and about 2 pounds of mushrooms, sliced or quartered (this is enough for leftovers for us, serves 4-5).  I heat 2-3 Tbsp tallow in my Large Frying Pan and then add onions and mushroom slices together (you could also use Butter, lard or coconut oil).  On medium-high heat, it takes about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to caramelize the onions and for the mushrooms to just start to brown.  Yum!


Something else to try – mix a little of the cooked onion & mushrooms into the meat before making the patty, then cook as normal. tastes good, with or without the bun.

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