Paleo Adobo Bacon Burger with Sweet Potato Buns
Paleo Adobo Bacon Burgers Adapted from Paleo Newbie: http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-adobo-bacon-burger-and-spicy-aioli-sauce/
Sweet Potato Buns Adapted from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen: http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2013/06/21/sweet-potato-buns/
You know that song “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean? Remember in the beginning when he sings (or maybe it’s more like says), “She’s simply awesome?” That’s exactly what I thought when I took my first bite of this burger.
It’s not just any burger.
It has bacon IN it.
A village full of it.
The recipe calls for 6-8 slices of cooked bacon, but when I added 8 slices to the mix it looked kind of sad. So I added 14 slices. It would have been 16, but I had to taste test a couple slices. Hazards of the job.
I also like the addition of the chipotle in adobo sauce. It adds such a punch of flavor to anything. And it’s perfect if you like some heat. I like adding the chipotle peppers in adobo to mashed sweet potatoes and then putting that into a veggie burger (I haven’t made in forever, but will make again and share it with all of you).
Bread to me is like a bad-boy boyfriend and I’m the clingy girlfriend. We can hang out from time-to-time, but if we see each other too much it could get ugly. And by ugly, I mean it would be a workout in itself to zip up my jeans. And if I’m lucky enough to get those jeans on there will be tears in the end. And lots of regret.
So to avoid that I’ll have a bunless burger every once in a while. Wrapping a burger in lettuce is great, but when I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Alexis Kornblum of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, post these sweet potato buns I thought, “Genius!” So incredibly simple, but also so delicious on their own.
If you’re not into sweet potatoes or just want to use a good old fashioned bad-boy boyfriend bun for these burgers (kinda like my bad-boy husband does), I say go for it. And if you really want to be bad add some cheese. Guuurrrrl…..
Sometimes it is absolutely good to be bad.
- 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of ground grass-fed beef or free range turkey
- 2 tsp of smoked paprika
- 1 tbs of minced chipotle in adobo sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 12-14 bacon strips
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Kosher salt
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Spread bacon in an even layer on two baking sheets.
- Once oven has reached 375 degrees roast bacon for 12 minutes.
- When the bacon is done drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Once drained and slightly cool chop bacon into about ½ inch pieces. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the raw ground beef (or turkey) with the chopped bacon, smoked paprika, salt, and minced chipotle-adobo
- Gently form into patties for grilling
- Preheat BBQ grill – set to medium- to medium-high heat; or set pan on stove, spray with non-stick spray (I use coconut oil) and heat to medium-high heat.
- Cook patties about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they're cooked through how you like them.
- Top with toppings of your choice, such as lettuce, tomato, pickled jalepeno, avocado, cheese, etc.
- Preheat oven to 400
- Line baking sheet with foil and spray it
- Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- Toss with oil, cinnamon, and sea salt
- Lie flat on baking sheet
- Bake for 25 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping over halfway through