I don’t want to make any broad sweeping statements here, but this might be the best burger you’ve ever had. Seriously. If you’ve had a lot of burgers in your life, then that’s quite the statement, but I don’t lie. Actually that’s completely true, I am a terrible liar. Case and point: At paleof(x) this weekend, they accidentally gave me a badge for 2 minutes when I only bought an expo ticket, but then I asked a few questions and was all honest with everyone. They took the badge back, which was really sad. It’s okay, though, because I still had a really great time! I got to see and meet some really awesome people in the paleo community. Okay, I actually mostly saw a ton of amazing people, because I’m a really shy person. The type of person who will stare across the room, but is so terrible awkward at introductions that I don’t know what to say. I hope I don’t seem creepy. Oh well.
Among those that I actually did talk to for half a second were Diane of Balanced Bites, Liz of Real Food Liz and Sarah of Everyday Paleo who have so much of my respect. If you haven’t listened to their podcasts, your missing out on a tons of knowledge, inspiration and humor.
Overall, my first paleof(x) experience was great! I enjoyed watching all of the talks, panels and cooking demos with the experts in the paleo movement. Just being in the room with so many like-minded people, bloggers, authors and health professional was refreshing. There were a lot of inspiring and educating statements made, but the one quote that resonated with me from the weekend came from Russ Crandall during his cooking demo. He said, “That’s how I got really good, I stopped being afraid to fail”. Of course he was referring to cooking, but that can be applied to anything in life and it just stuck with me all weekend. The idea of not letting fear get in the way of anything is something I continually try to work past.
Oh and I can’t forget the vendors. I fell in love with quite a few products over the weekend. Protein bars made from crickets sounds not so great, right? Wrong. So wrong. Exo bars are now up on the top of my list of snack bars along with Epic bars and Nick’s sticks, both of which were at paleof(x) as well. Really, I could go on and on about the great people, products and talks from Paleof(x) 2014, but I won’t do that to you.
Instead, I’ll get back to the recipe and tell you that you need to make bacon avocado & jalapeno stuffed burgers. Even if you don’t like food with some heat, you can leave out the jalapeno seeds and love these burgers. Top them with your favorite condiments and wrap them in lettuce for a perfect burger night.
- 14 ounces of bacon (I use thick-sliced)
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 Cup avocado (cubed)
- 1 Jalapeno (finely diced)
- 2 cloves garlic
- Pinch of salt
- Lay the bacon on a lined baking sheet (sides not touching) and place in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for 15 minutes for thin sliced or 20 minutes for thick, beginning as the oven heats up. The fat should be rendered and the bacon mostly cooked through, but not crispy.
- While the bacon cooks, chop the jalapeno, garlic and avocado. For a spicy burger, don’t remove the jalapeno seeds.
- Remove the bacon from the oven and slice into ½ inch pieces.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef. Top with the garlic, jalapeno, bacon and salt, and mix well with your hands. Mix the avocado into the burger. Don’t worry too much about the avocado squishing- it will happen.
- Form into 8 burger patties and cook on a grill, over the stove on a grill pan or in the oven at 400 degrees. Cooking time will vary depending on the method of cooking and preference.