Almond Butter Berry Burgers

Sounds peculiar, I know. But it’s one of our favorite ways to eat burgers AND it’s super easy to make. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat more “paleo” if you will: I’ve entered the third trimester, just 10ish weeks away, and I need to take care of my body and this baby if I want to have any hope of a successful natural birth and healthy baby.

I’ve read that cutting sugar can decrease pain during labor, not to mention (research suggests) steer you away from certain medical conditions/diseases, help you to not gain too much before, and help you to lose weight more quickly after. Hard to resist that sugar, but when you look at the cons it’s a little bit easier to say no to it more often! With that being said, I am not cutting fruit out of my diet. (There are many valuable things to gain from fruit and baby Hayleopaleo has a real taste for oranges!!) Hence, this dinner with a little sweetness to it…

almond butter burger

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat (I typically use ground beef)

1/2 tsp. salt (here’s what I use)

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.)

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp. almond butter (no sugar added!)

 

Directions

I personally use frozen organic mixed berries, so I try to take the berries out at least an hour ahead of time to let them thaw. Place them in a bowl with the lemon juice and stir. (If using fresh berries, you will only need to let them sit for about 10-15 minutes until the juice seeps out).

Meanwhile, mix together the ground meat, salt and pepper and form patties. Hubby and I split the pound, but you can make your burgers whatever size you’d like!

Add some coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. Cook the burger patties 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on “pinkness” preference.

While the burgers are cooking, add the berries to a small saucepan over low heat and cook until the berries burst and mush up into a nice thick consistency, stirring frequently.

When the burgers and fruit are done cooking, plate the burger first, then a dollop of almond butter, followed by the fruit.

In the picture below, hubby and I had a side salad with romaine lettuce, avocado, olive oil, and raspberry balsamic vinegar…uhhhh, it was amazing. I highly recommend making a sweet side to complement the burger!!

All in all, about 15 minutes of cook time! Can’t get any easier than that. Enjoy 🙂

 

almond butter burger2

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