Pineapple Stuffed Chorizo Burger

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This recipe is a keeper. I devoured every last bite and I know you will too. It’s originally from PaleOMG, a site that has become such a life savior as we venture into Paleo life, with some modifications.

In the effort of full disclosure, I was very, very skeptical at first. My husband – who is actually an excellent cook – had already tried his hand at a Paleo meal and it was a complete disaster. Some kind of crockpot meal with a lot of meat (I know, that doesn’t narrow it down at all) but I could barely get past the first bite and even he couldn’t get it down. So, when a friend at work recommended this recipe and my husband insisted on making it, I hesitated… but I am SO glad he did. This will easily become a staple on our recipe list.

Makes 4 burgers.

Ingredients:

1 lb chorizo (Whole Foods even offered to take it out of the casing for us, saves some time!)

3/4 lb ground beef

1/2 of a whole pinapple

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp coconut oil

8 pieces bacon (save the bacon fat after you cook it!)

Guacamole to top (we bought from Whole Foods)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Save bacon fat in skillet when done. Put bacon aside.

3. Cut pineapple in half, getting rid of the skin. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, removing the hard core. This should result in 4 slices.

4. Coat pineapple slices with coconut oil. Place pineapple on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in oven for 10-12 minutes, flipping half way through.

5. Place the chorizo and ground beef in a bowl and mix well. Make 8 equal size balls of the mixture. Flatten balls out into patties.

6. Remove pineapple slices from the oven when done and let cool. Place one pineapple slice on top of each patty, then place a second patty on top. Use fingers to seal the burger, pinching the edges a few times. Repeat with all burgers.

7. Place large skillet with bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add burgers to the pan and cook for 4 minutes per side.

8. Once cooked on both sides, place burgers in the oven on a baking sheet and cook for 6 minutes.

9. Top each burger with two slices of bacon and a scoop of guacamole. Enjoy!

If you want to side with sweet potato chips…

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes

2 tbsp coconut oil

salt to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice thing. We used a mandolin.

3. Coat with coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt.

4. Place slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping half way through. You can do this at the same time as the pineapple if you want to multitask.

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