Almond Butter & Bacon Hamburger! (Bunless of course!)

Posted on 21. Dec, 2011 by in What to Eat

One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to use apps like Yelp or Trip Advisor to find great, lesser known, places to eat.  It makes me feel like Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in search of the best restaurants that only the locals know about. 

So when I found myself in New Orleans for my friend’s bachelor party 2 weekends ago, the first thing we did is pull out our iphones and started looking for a place to eat.  And man did we find a good one!

After checking into the hotel and a short walk through Bourbon street, we arrived at our destination, Yo Mama’s.  The name Yo Mama’s may bring up memories of jokes told in middle school, or even that crappy MTV show hosted by Wilmer Valderrama, but I will forever associate the phrase Yo Mama’s with one thing and one thing only; The Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger!

Look at the size of this thing!

 I ordered the 1 lb version and decided to pass on the Frisbee-sized bun.  It still wasn’t quite Paleo with the mayo and peanut butter (yes I said mayo and peanut butter!), but that wasn’t going to stop me.  I devoured the entire burger.  It was everything I dreamed of and more!

Fast forward a week later and I just can’t get this damn burger out of my head!  I needed to find a way to recreate this masterpiece in a Paleo context so I could enjoy it more often. 

And this is what I came up with:

Almond Butter and Bacon Bunless Hamburger

Ingredients:

6-8 Strips Bacon (preferably nitrite/nitrate-free)

½ Cup Almond Butter

1.5 lbs Ground Beef (preferably grass-fed)

1 Tomato (sliced)

3 Large Iceberg lettuce wraps

 Directions:

Dice the bacon and then pan fry it until slightly crispy.

Remove the bacon and mix directly into the almond butter.  Leave the bacon grease in the pan for cooking the burgers.

Form the ground beef into patties (I like 3, ½ lb patties) and cook in the bacon grease 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the middle is cooked to desired redness. 

Transfer the burger into one of the lettuce wraps and top with several spoonfuls of the bacon and almond butter mixture.  Top with sliced tomatoes and prepare to be amazed!

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