Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado

by Krista on February 19, 2014 · 27 comments

Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado

A melt in your mouth lean ground beef Burger served with on a slice of beef steak tomato and topped with Caramelized Balsamic Onions and creamy Avocado!

Ok, I just couldn’t resist!

One of my favorite things to make on the grill during the summer is burgers!

Yes, I know its not summer yet. Yes, I know that most of you have your grill buried under 2 ft of snow. Which is why, me, being the smart kind caring person that I am, hehe, made these burgers inside on a skillet. {even though it pained me to not go out to the grill, I did it for you, my loyal readers}

These Paleo {yup, they are Paleo & Gluten-free} Burgers are super easy to make, full of flavor, and can be done and on your table in less than 30 minutes. {ok, kinda left like Rachel Ray there, but hey its true!}

When it comes to burgers my non-negotiable is, it HAS to have grilled or caramelized onions on it. No exceptions! To kick up the flavor to this bread-less burger I added balsamic vinegar to the caramelized onions and OMG!!! I cannot even describe to you how good they were. Screw-the-burger-just-give-me-a-spoon-and-the-caramelized-onions GOOD!  {I may or may not have hidden them from my husband when we had these for leftovers the next night} Add on the avocado, which of course makes everything better, and you have yourself one awesome HEALTHY Burger!

To get started, heat a medium skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, once melted add in 2 small onions that are thinly sliced. Saute until lightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. {about 10-15 minutes}

Paleo Burger with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado 1Add in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Saute for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside. Form 1.5lbs of lean ground beef into six 1/4lb. burgers.

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Lightly season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Place the burgers in the skillet and saute each side for 3-5 minutes {depending on your desired doneness}.

Paleo Burger with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado 5Remove from skillet and let sit for 1 minute. Assemble burgers.

Paleo Burger with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado 4Place 1 large slice of beef steak tomato on a plate, then the burger, then 2 tablespoons of the balsamic caramelized onions, and top with sliced avocado {I put half an avocado on each burger}.  Serve with gluten-free mustard.

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Paleo Burgers with Caramelized Balsamic Onions & Avocado
 
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Recipe type: Burgers, Ground Beef, Paleo, Gluten-free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds of lean ground beef {make six ¼lb burgers}
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 beef steak tomato, sliced into 6 thick slices
  • 3 avocados
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, once melted add in thinly sliced onions. Saute until lightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. {about 10-15 minutes}
  3. Add in balsamic vinegar. Saute for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  4. Form six ¼lb. burgers with the lean ground beef.
  5. Lightly season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  6. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Place the burgers in the skillet and saute each side for 3-5 minutes {depending on your desired doneness}.
  7. Remove from skillet and let sit for 1 minute.
  8. Assemble burgers.
  9. Place 1 large slice of beef steak tomato on a plate, then the burger, then 2 tablespoons of the balsamic caramelized onions, and top with sliced avocado {I put half an avocado on each burger}.
  10. Serve with gluten-free mustard.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

marcie February 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I wouldn’t miss the bun with this burger…it looks so satisfying with those onions, balsamic, and avocado! This looks delicious, Krista!

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Krista February 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Oh, believe me you won’t want to use a bun every again after eating this burger! Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment Marcie. :)

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Heather @ Sugar Dish Me February 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Ohhhhh those onions! Sold! You make healthy food look gooo-oood!!!

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Krista February 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I know right! OB-sessed with caramelized onions, thanks for the foodie props Heather!

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Mike @TheIronYou February 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Virtual high-five Krista for this awesome Paleo burger!
Last August I’ve made a similar one, using a halved tomato in half in lieu of the bun. A huuuge mess to eat but so good (it’s on TIY, if you’re curious!) :)

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Krista February 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

haha.. Virtual high-five accepted… LOVE IT! :)

Ok, went to check out that recipe and it looks awesome (as always), but love that you toasted the tomatoes, almost like you would a burger bun. It does look like a huge mess but well worth it!

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laramealor.com February 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I am already counting the days until summer, this makes me wish for it even more.

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Krista February 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

haha.. I know me too. Although I know living in Texas once summer comes I will be begging for it to go away, we get like 100+ most days here. Too hot to even go outside. :(

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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods February 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I love to grill year round and use to when I lived in Texas. Living in CO it isn’t as easy, especially when your grill is covered/buried in snow. lol I may have to get my shovel out and pry that cover off my grill! These look delicious! I love the balsamic onions and avocado slices :D

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Krista February 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Yup, thats the nice thing about Texas weather, usually you don’t have to shovel your grill out of snow. Been there, done that when I lived up north Cindy, moved away. :) But, on the other hand. Texas doees NOT have the beautiful mountains and scenery like Colorado. But in either case you can still make this burger because its made on the stove top. :) Hope you get a chance to try it!

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Kelly February 20, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Oh boy, this looks incredible Krista! Who needs the bun, these burgers look so juicy and flavorful already and I can’t stop drooling over those caramelized onions – come to mama baby! Pinning :)

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Krista February 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

haha… I know right! Those onions are da bomb digitty and amazing on this burger. Glad to make you drool. hehe. :)

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Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission February 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Krista – Lovin’ these paleo burgers! We still have some snow on the ground, but it is supposed to be in the 60s this weekend – grillin’ time!

I also love the addiction of avocado, yummy! :

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Krista February 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Yeah for grilling time baby! :) Plus, extra yeah for the warmer weather! Hope you have a blast this weekend and enjoy these burgers. :)

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Min February 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Oh Boy! TIm would LOVE these burgers!! I love that you used coconut oil. I will def have to give this recipe a try ;). And yes, caramelized onions…they are a must! As for the avocados, you picked the most beautiful ones! Perfection hehe.

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Krista February 20, 2014 at 8:29 PM

haha… I call the avocado luck of the draw. Its always a surprise when you open them up, especially the ones from kroger. Its a hit or miss. :) So glad you liked these Min. I hope you and Tim get a chance to try them, and if you are having weather like us in the 70′s then it needs to happen this weekend. :) Have a great weekend my friend!

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life February 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

You had me at caramelized onions! And then I saw the avocado. End of story! Can’t believe this is paleo!!

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Krista February 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I knwo right!? Since doing more paleo recipes I am realizing that paleo is no that hard to do. Just no sugar or grains. Hope you get a chance to try it Mary Frances!

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Chris @ Shared Appetite February 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Oh how I can’t wait to get back outside to my grill! Just looking outside and seeing it surrounded by snow makes me so sad. This burger looks so good… it’s totally making me super hungry. And those balsamic caramelized onions sound SO good! YUM!

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Krista February 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, I can totally relate. I lived in Wisconsin and/or Chicago my entire life so I know what its like to have the grill completely covered under 5 ft of snow. NOOOO FUN!

Thanks on the foodie kudos Chris, always glad to hear I make someone hungry! :)

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Samantha @ Five Heart Home February 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Oh my goodness, Krista…I am a hamburger addict and your version looks SO DARN GOOD. I don’t like onions at all, but if anything could convert me, this burger could! And doesn’t avocado make everything better (much like bacon)? ;) Pinning and I can’t wait to try! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Moonlight & Mason Jars…hope you’re having a great week!

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Krista February 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Shut the front door you don’t like onions! Um… you do realize that it is in almost every dish to enhance flavors and is “garlics” right hand mind! Crazy girl!! Actually my sister-in-law and her husband are the same way, so you are not alone. Hope you just try these, because with the balsamic they are ah-mazing! :)

Thanks for the pin sweet friend and for the par-tay. Always have a blast.

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Adelina Priddis February 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Mm, those look mouthwatering. My grill is not buried, so I may make this out there! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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Krista February 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Thanks Adelina! Glad you still have excess to your grill, it just means you came make these bad boys this weekend. :) hehe… Thanks for popping over to say hi girl. Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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