Summertime is almost here! And if you’re from the South like I am (and maybe even if you aren’t), it means a whole heap of delicious foods, like barbecue, brown sugar baked beans and macaroni salad, are about to be in season. While I love cookout food, a lot of it is loaded with sugar, overly processed things like mayonnaise or other ingredients you may be looking to avoid for dietary, health or other reasons.
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Enter my Jamaican jerk burgers topped with fresh pineapple salsa. I eat these with no bun, which makes them gluten free and Paleo. Even sans bread, I love these burgers. I’m excited to eat them all summer long.
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Jamaican jerk burgers with fresh pineapple salsa recipe
Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes I Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes I Total time: 25 – 35 minutes
For the burgers
- 1 pound ground sirloin (or ground turkey or whatever kind of burger you prefer)
- 1/2 cup fresh green onion, chopped
For the jerk seasoning
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika (this will give a smoky sweetness without added sugar)
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Coconut oil, as needed (I used about a tablespoon total)
For the salsa (all seasonings to taste)
- 2 cups pineapple, diced
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
- Juice from 1 lime
- Cilantro (I use dried because I prefer the taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- To a large mixing bowl, add the ground sirloin, all the seasonings and the green onion.
- Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until well incorporated.
- Shape into patties, and place on a baking sheet until time to cook.
- When all the meat has been formed into patties, either pan-fry them in coconut oil in a skillet, or coat them in coconut oil, and cook them on the grill.
- While the burgers cook, in a medium-size bowl, mix together the salsa ingredients. Set aside.
- Once the burgers are cooked to desired level (I take my burgers medium), top with the salsa.
You can eat these burgers with or without a bun (I don’t eat mine with a bun, but my husband has his on a toasted Hawaiian bread bun). Serve with sliced avocado, mango and sweet potato fries.
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