I love going into the summer season for the warm weather, getting to grill some delicious food, and the fresh, eye-popping produce in the grocery store. I mean, look at that asparagus! Brendon and I love burgers, but in shifting more to a real food diet, we are skipping the buns lately. This offers a great opportunity to top your burger with even more delicious toppings and a flavorful sauce. Think about it – these flavors will pop even more without the bun and is a bun really that flavorful?
I don’t have an intolerance to gluten, but I don’t think gluten is very nutrient dense. Therefore, it should not be the main source of carbohydrates in someone’s diet. We mainly follow a Paleo or Weston A Price type of diet. I think with the recent buzz around a paleo or traditional diet, people can get overwhelmed by the thought that that may mean a lot of cooking. But, that doesn’t have to be true. Cooking with real food can be simple, easy, and healthy. So, put this recipe on your dinner menu!
Recipe makes 2-4 burgers
- 1 bunch of organic asparagus
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 lb organic ground lamb meat
- 1 pasture raised egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- dried garlic
- 1-2 TBSP of coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2-4 pieces of sugar-free, preservative free bacon (depends how much you love bacon)
- 1/2 an onion
- 2 TBSP butter
- Primal Kitchen mayo
- Roast the asparagus in the oven at 350◦F for 20-25 minutes with some coconut oil infused with garlic drizzled all over. It is very important that during cooking you use saturated fats as they are more stable. If monounsaturated fats like olive oil is used this could convert to trans fats when heat is applied.
- For the lamb burgers, we added 1 lb of meat, 1 egg, 1/4 cup quinoa flakes, salt and pepper, dried garlic, and 1-2 Tbsp of coconut aminos. Mix all these in a bowl and make your patties. Then, grill on medium for about 5 minutes on each side.
- The bacon was cooked in the oven for 22 minutes at 350◦F.
- Saute an onion in a pan on medium heat in 2Tbsp of butter. You will know they are done when the onion is golden brown.
- While everything cooked, I put some Primal Kitchen mayo and sriracha into a plastic sandwich bag, sealed it, and knead the sauce together. Then, I snip the corner of the bag and drizzle the sauce on the plate. It is so easy to make food decadent. I think making this small effort could change someone’s perspective from deprivation to indulgence.
You are getting great organic, natural ingredients from this healthy, Paleo dinner recipe. This is a low carbohydrate meal. So, if you are not eating low carbohydrate, feel free to not use the sriracha mayo and have a side of sweet potato instead (I love sweet potato fries). Sweet potatoes are something that can easily be boiled the night before and reheated.
Now let’s talk about the nutrition of the meal. First, Lamb is such a great source of protein, selenium, B vitamins, and omega 3s. If you are trying to conceive, selenium is important for men because when a sperm and egg come together it is the reaction of the selenium from the sperm and the glutathione from the egg that create life. The real mayo offers healthy saturated fats and cholesterol. These, alone with the omega 3s, are so important for brain development and the hormone production of the couple. The asparagus and onions will support your mitochondria because they are high in sulfur and glutathione, which will aid in cell generation, brain health, toxin removal, and sperm motility.