Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pineapple Guac Buffalo Burgers

I have been fantasizing about making this burger for a week. Are you like that? Do you eat to live or live to eat? I definitely live to eat but understand the importance of what we eat in terms of living better. Well, this burger will make your life better and it's just in time for Labor Day so you've got the time to cook it up. No excuses, just get to cookin', especially if you want to have a better life. Ok, all your problems won't disappear and your mortgage company isn't going to call and say "Hey, don't worry about that pesky house note this month," but it's a dang good burger and you have worked hard all week, you deserve it!

Side note: I'm working on being a better photographer. Bear with me please.

Pineapple Guac Buffalo Burgers

2lbs. Ground buffalo
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/4 tsp.
1 tsp. hot smoked paprika
1 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
liberal amount of salt and pepper

4-6 Portabella mushrooms
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
sea salt
1 pineapple
1/4 chili powder
1-2 Tbs. coconut oil

4 avocados
 1 12oz package pre-made pico

 Heat up your grill. Mix 1 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon, paprika, cardamom, garlic, salt and pepper into the ground meat and make into patties, roughly 4-6. Next, take a damp cloth and wipe both sides of the mushrooms. Take out olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush on a liberal amount of each on both sides of mushrooms, then sprinkle with sea salt and set aside. Slice pineapple into rings, making sure to core each ring. Melt coconut oil in a small bowl and mix in the remaining cinnamon along with chili powder and brush oil mixture on each ring.
Once grill is heated, place mushrooms and burgers on grill. Grill 8-10 mins* per side. Very carefully place pineapple on grill trying on not to break them and cook 3-4 mins per side. While burgers, mushroom and pineapple are cooking, make the guacamole by spooning out avocados and adding the entire package of pico in a large bowl and mix together with two forks (or your hands) until you have the preferred consistency.

Once everything is grilled to perfection, place mushrooms on plates, put the meat pattie on top, then pineapple ring and then top with a generous amount of gauc**. Grind a little cracked pepper on top for garnish then devour.

* Every grill is different, we used a charcoal grill. Cooking time may vary.
**Sliced avocado would be great on top if you don't like guacamole.

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