Sunday, January 16, 2011

Primal Burgers

Burger with cheese, bacon, and roasted kale
I'm not sure how "primal" Velveta cheese is, but it's a guilty pleasure and just in case you've been living under a rock, Velveta makes the best mac&cheese. 

With all the junk that the mail man brings, Friday's stack included coupons for some local burger chain, loudly displaying bacon cheese burgers, curly fries and milkshakes.  So we splurged and bought bacon from the store, not something we do too often.  We're still waiting for delivery of our pig but we couldn't wait - I feel like Homer Simpson, "must have bacon cheese burger". 

You may have noticed a lot of lamb recipes lately on the blog as we're eating our way through a 200 pound "lamb".  Anytime now, our pig should be arriving.  We tend to buy most of our animal protein from local growers - eggs, turkey, pig, and lamb.  We only have a small chest freezer, so we don't have room for a selection of meat, let alone a cow, we eat one small animal at a time. 

Today's primal burger was made from lamb, topped with Velveta and bacon, served along side roasted kale (you can imagine how thrilled the kids are!).

bacon ready to bake in the oven - easier than pan frying a pack

raw kale seasoned with olive oil, chili powder, salt and pepper ready to roast
2 pounds ground meat - lamb. pork, turkey, beef (I used lamb)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
few dashes of Worchestersire sauce
salt and pepper taste

Gently combine all ingredients and form into desired number of patties.  I like to make 8 patties of differing sizes to suit all.  Place patties on a paper lined pan and freeze until ready to use.  This helps to keep the burger shape and not let the burger crumble when cooking.
Gently mix burger ingredients

burger prep station, weighing out burgers

2 pounds of meat turned into 8 patties, ready to chill in the freezer
baked bacon ready for burgers
 Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat with a pit of cooking spray.  When hot, add a few burgers and cook about 4 minutes per side.

frying 4 burgers at a time in a nonstick pan with weight

A non primal burger served on a bun

more burgers

My youngest was licking his fingers and lips and said "let's have this for dinner"!  Now if that isn't a strong recommendation.


Weight Watcher's PointsPlus: 2 ounces of burger, handful of roasted kale, 1/2 ounce of Velveta, and a slice of bacon for 7 points.

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