Jalapeño Burger with Caramelized Onions

Jalapeno Burger

I love spicy food and I firmly believe that anything is better with caramelized onions.  This recipe capitalizes on these two certainties.  The burgers can be “cooled down” by losing the jalapeños and some of your dignity.  The sweet potato slices are used as a bun and provides this burger with a legit eating vehicle.  Most Paleo burger recipes out there require either a lettuce wrap or a fork and knife.  Eating a burger with a fork and knife is just as absurd as George Costanza eating a Snickers with them.


Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4


-1 lb grass fed ground beef (85% lean or less)

-1 large sweet potato (not long and skinny, you basically want to use a Danny Devito shaped potato), cut lengthwise into thin 1/8” sheets using a mandolin slicer

-1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

-1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, diced

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp smoked paprika

-½ tsp black pepper

-½ tsp garlic powder

-½ tsp onion powder

- 1tbls Dijon mustard

-4 tbls olive oil


Prep & Cook:

  1. Heat 2 tbls olive oil in a medium sized pan over medium heat
  2. Slice yellow onion thinly and add to pan.  You will be caramelizing these onions so stir them every few minutes to prevent them from burning, but let them cook until dark brown (~30 min).
  3. Heat another 2 tlbs olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet or electric skillet
  4. Peel and slice your sweet potato (lengthwise) with mandolin slicer.  You can do this with a knife if you have a real sharp knife, are skilled with that knife, and are interested in cutting yourself.  You will want 8 large slices that will be used as the “bun” for the 4 burgers.
  5. Lay your potato slices on the hot skillet and cook 6-8 min on each side until dark brown spots appear, but don’t let them burn to badly.
  6. Once the potato slices are done, remove from skillet and lay on paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  7. Mix your ground beef, spices, diced jalapeños and mustard in bowl with your hands.
  8. Form beef into 4 patties that are a similar shape to your potato slices (ovals).  Make sure you make some dimples in the middle of the patties.  This will result in flat burgers after they cook without smashing them down with your spatula and losing precious beef juice (thank you Bobby Flay for that tip #likableginger)
  9. Cook burgers on your skillet, 4-5 min per side or until done to your liking
  10. Now it’s time to assemble, potato slice, meat patty, caramelized onions, a little more mustard and another potato slice.

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