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Dave and I enjoyed many fine meals while we were at the Ancestral Healthy Symposium: among them were Animal with our paleo foodie friends and 26 Beach in Venice. (If you live near 26 Beach, they now offer online ordering!)
To get to Venice, we rented bikes in Santa Monica and rode along the beach. What a day! The sky was brilliant blue and the temperature was in the high 70s, a refreshing treat given the summer we’re having in Austin. (Yesterday we broke the all-time record for 100+ degree days in a year; we’re at 70 days so far.)
The Santa Monica beach looks just like the movies: a wide expanse of sand with a meandering bike bath that leads to the Santa Monica pier with its iconic ferris wheel. The bike path disappears under the pier – home of vampires, naturally – and then leads to Venice. Along the way, there’s a skate park, pullup bars and gymnastics rings, drum circles, and plenty of rollerbladers in bikinis.
Dave did some pretty badass vaults on the graffiti wall near the skate park.
Then we biked around Marina Del Rey and walked out a jetty to fraternize with the seagulls and pelicans. I was lucky to see a bulbous, snorting sea lion – named Bobo, according to the fishermen – but he was camera shy.
All that nature worked up our appetites, and we headed to 26 Beach, a sun-filled restaurant known for its hamburgers – generous slabs of beef topped with unusual ingredients. Here’s a gratuitous picture of my husband because he looked so handsome that day, with the restaurant’s shabby chic decor in the background.
I had “Chef Katsu’s Original California Roll Burger” without a bun: Angus beef, snow crab salad, avocado, pickled ginger, shredded nori, and shoyu-wasabi-aioli. The interplay of textures was luscious, and the aioli had just the right amount of nose-rush.
But Dave really picked the winner. The peanut butter and jelly burger. One bite, and I decided I needed to try to recreate a paleo version at home. It’s totally weird and also totally scrumptious. The creamy texture of the nut butter is a lovely contrast to the grilled meat – and the strawberries are tangy-sweet.
Here’s the home version with no bun, Sunbutter standing in for the peanut butter, and sautéed strawberries taking the place of the jelly.
It’s a damn fine recreation of the restaurant burger, without all the annoying anti-nutrients. I’m excited to try the “jelly” technique on other fruits – peaches, apricots, pineapple, and other berry varieties should also work really well.
Serves 2-4 | Prep 10 minutes | Cook 10 minutes | Whole30 compliant
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 pound ground beef
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup sunflower seed or almond butter (no sugar added)
4-6 scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced
In a small bowl, mix the strawberries, lemon juice, and ginger. Set aside. Preheat a gas grill with all burners on high, lid closed, 10-15 minutes.
Mix the ground beef with salt and pepper and shape into four patties. Gently press down the center of each patty until it’s about 1/2-inch thick to make a slight depression; this will prevent them from turning bulbous when you cook them. Grill patties, uncovered and without pressing down on them, until they’re seared on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip the burgers and continue grilling to desired temperature: 3 minutes for rare, 4 minutes for medium, and 5 minutes for well-done.
While the burgers are cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium-high. Pour the strawberries and their juice into the pan and sauté the berries until they’re very soft and syrupy. They should be reduced to about 1/2 cup. Allow to cool a bit.
Place the sunflower butter in a microwave-safe dish (or saucepan) and heat until thinned, about 40 seconds in the microwave.
When the burgers are good to go, top each with 1 tablespoon of melted sunflower butter and a few tablespoons of the strawberry “jelly,” then sprinkle with scallions.
You Know How You Could Do That?
Change the meat: Use turkey, pork, or a meat combo.
Change the jelly: Use other berries or stone fruits, like peaches or apricots.
Make an Elvis: Bananas and bacon… oh my! Instructions right here.
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I used the love the peanut butter bacon burger at The Velvet Dog in New Orleans. Best alcohol absorber ever.
Hmmm… I think next time we’re going to try Maple Almond Butter, sauteed blackberries, and a little crumbled bacon. YUMMY!!!
Whoa!! Just tried this….heck yes!!! Crazy amazing!! Thanks Mel, it’ll be making an appearance on Sweet Cheeks with a shout out to ya 🙂
Hooray! Thanks, Sweet Cheeks!
Oh, yum. I just shared this on my Google Reader for the benefit of my fellow sunbutter lovin’ friends. 🙂
Awesome. Thanks for sharing it!
Oh no. Must fight uncontrollable urge to run home and make this right now.
Okra Guy! You are going to be SO happy when you eat this. Enjoy!
Glad you guys braved the PB&J burger. I’m adventurous with food, but that just seemed WRONG. Good on you for being braver than me – and enjoying it! 🙂
It was INSANELY creamy good. But I only had two bites ’cause of the whole peanut butter issue. But the other night? When I made it at home? I ate EVERY BITE.
Your blog makes me so happy! Oodles of delicious recipes + fantastic whit – that’s a winning combo! I’ve already stolen a few from you, and I have to admit, I’m ridiculously excited to make this for dinner tomorrow night!
Thanks, Cate! Let me know how you like the SB&J burger. I can’t decide if I’m a weirdo for liking it, or if everyone else is missing the boat 😉
as nancy said, you’re definitely not crazy! this was so tasty. i think the next time i make it i’m going to add some more savory spices to the hamburger though, bring out that yummy ground beef flavor a bit. AND, i love the idea of cherries!
Whew! Glad you liked it, too. Let me know you you season the burgers… I was thinking about trying a little ginger and garlic next time. Unless we go with the bacon. Then probably just garlic.
Genius. Delicious. I used cherries and cooked the burgers in a little bit of bacon grease. I will definitely make this again.
So I’m not crazy, right?! It *IS* insanely tasty. YAY!
Wow, file this one under, things that should never go togegether…but go together SO WELL! Thanks!
Right?! It should work, but it totally does. YUMMO.
Crazy?! No way; made this for dinner tonight alongside roasted broccoli, and I think this is my new favorite paleo meal! So good and satisfying. Thanks for the recipe!
Hooray! Welcome to the weirdo club! So glad you like it — and thanks for letting me know.
Reminds me of a recipe I often make (and also wondered if I was weird for making this concoction). But hubby and friends really love it. And so easy & quick.
-Sauté chunks of chicken breast ( I use some coconut oil)
– when browned, add a couple big spoonfuls of almond butter.
– add 1 or 2 cups of salsa ( I like using really spicy salsa)
– stir it all up, put on a lid and simmer on low for 5-10min
So rich and yummy.
You can play with the ratio of salsa to almond butter. If you have a bit more time, it’s nice to marinate the chicken (I use Tamari or Coconut Aminos plus garlic and ginger).
Green onions make a nice topping to serve.
Will sometimes serve atop cauliflower rice for more substantial meal.
Who knew nut butter & salsa could combine to create something so yummy!!
That sounds GREAT! It’s almost like a really quick, on-the-fly mole… love that! I wonder what would happen if you added just a tiny bit of unsweetened cocoa with the almond butter. Hmmm…
In the nicest possible way, I always thought you Americans were crazy for eating peanut butter and jam (jelly) together.. BUT I felt like something a bit crazy & paleo is making me more adventurous so I gave it a try and OH MY TASTY GOSH it is delicious! Can’t wait for the appropriate amount of days to pass so I can make it again!
Right?! It’s crazy-good! So glad you enjoyed it… and now you’ve inspired me to make this tonight. I’m going to make a more savory version: almond butter with cumin and cayenne, blackberry “jam”, and maybe a strip of bacon.
Wow! The only reason I made this is because of how good you said it was because honestly to me, it sounded really weird. I am so happy I made this tonight for dinner. Can’t believe how yummie it was! The strawberry jam was PERFECT! Thanks for the recipe!
To be fair, I did say it’s weird AND good 😉 I’m so glad you tried it. And now I’m totally hungry for one. Thanks!
I almost had a riot in my household with this burger. I made the burger for guests as we cheered for our Houston Texans tonight. I used a mixture of bison and ground beef, mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries), almond butter, and crumbled some bacon on top. I also made the cumin roasted carrots in lieu of fries. OMG!! Now I am the cool a$$ wife of the group. THANKS!!!
YAY! Way to knock your peoples’ socks off with sneaky good food. I think we should just pretend that you and I are responsible for the Texans victory — it was all the good vibes from the food 😉
My husband was gone tonight so I thought I would try this! Have to be honest it was a little skeptical but you haven’t steered me wrong yet :). SO GOOD. I am pumped for leftovers already. Thank you!!
I *did* warn that it’s weird and also ridiculously delicious 😉
Just made these exactly as above, except with ground bison meat. I really didn’t expect it to be as tasty as it was. I made one with almond butter and it worked just as well. My 9 year old daughter scarfed em up with me. Strawberries, onions, and sunflower seed paste on meat… yummy!
Thank you for linking to this in your Tuesday 10 Burger Toppings. I can’t wait to give this a try… sounds creepily delicious. Love it!
Insane!! It was all I could do to not eat two!! Thank you!
We made this tonight. My whole family was skeptical at first, but EVERYBODY raved over it and literally begged for seconds!!! Even our pickiest little eater wanted more! We decided to add a little avocado and our own homemade yam shoestrings on top. Seriously good!!! No non-paleo friends or fam can ever accuse us of missing out! Thank you for another home run!!
Right on! Glad everyone liked it! We just had SB&J Burgers this week for the first time since last year, and man! I forgot how yummy that is. Might have a re-do later this week 🙂
Oh. My. God. The ONE thing I have truly missed since going Paleo is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which is why whenever I find myself a few drinks too tipsy, I end up making one. I’ve had days where I wondered how you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich paleo. Seeds and berries on a salad? That’s just… a salad. On celery you just have ants on a log. But on a burger… Now I know what I’m treating my husband to when he gets home this weekend! He’s gonna FLIP!!! I’m already flipping!
Hooray! I’m glad you’re excited about this recipe. And you should be — dude! It’s crazy good. Enjoy!
First go round I used blackberries and Justin’s maple almond butter. OMG amazing! Can’t wait to try it this way tonight. Whoo-hoo!
This has been one of our favorite dishes since we went paleo Feb 1 2012. Thanks!
Tried this with peanut butter (my “modified” paleo includes PB) and I can’t believe how good it was. Seriously surprising. My boyfriend thinks I’m disgusting now. I gotta get him to try it. 😛
Made this last night with almond butter and figs instead. My parents mailed us a box full of figs from their abundant harvest and I needed to use them up. OMG, SO. GOOD! I topped some fried eggs with the leftover fig jelly and scallions; that was also delicious. I’ve had the PB&J&bacon burger at Slater’s 50/50 before, but it was a bit too much to handle. This paleo version has the perfect amount of sweetness and was less tedious to eat. My family loves your chili recipe, too! We’ve tried a handful of paleo chili recipes, and yours is one of my husband’s favorites!
You are a genius — figs sounds SO SO SO good. I totally want to make that now! And I’m so glad you like the Chocolate Chili. Thank you!
Called The Mr. for lunch and asked if he was OK with an experiment. He devoured this in seconds!! It is so delicious and simple. This will go in high rotation. I’m just getting into no dairy, grain, or refined sugar and I’m blanking on simple recipes. You are definitely my savior with Well Fed!
Right on! Glad you both enjoyed it! Did you see the Elvis version I posted recently? http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2013/10/19/wf2-recipe-elvis-burger/
YES! Although, The Mr. has a banana allergy, I’ll have to see if I can sub in plantains 🙂
My favorite burger so far is called the artery clogger, it has peanut butter, cheese and a fried egg (with an option to add bacon) and I love it! Thanks for giving me a healthier way to make it at home, this sounds amazing, and I’ll be making it soon!
We made these tonight and LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!! Thank you for having a fantastic website, creating amazing food and being a wealth of knowledge for whole 30 newbies. We now own both Well Fed & Well Fed 2 and my husband and I are working our way through them and loving everything!! Every time we try another recipe it becomes our favourite and this is at the top of the list (for today), last night was egg foo yong, the night before citrus carnitas!!! Big hugs from Brisbane, Australia!!!
Thank you for buying both of our cookbooks — I’m really glad you’re enjoying the recipes. YAY! Hugs right back to you. Have fun in the kitchen!
Hi! I found your website after hearing you on Jon Smith’s Fit Fat Fast podcast… after sampling a few of the recipes posted here, I purchased WF & WF2 and am loving them! When I saw these SBJ burgers, I thought… “That sounds so odd, it has to be good” – I made them this week (and have been enjoying leftovers) and they ROCK!! The homemade “jam” is awesome and I can see myself using that as a topping for other things like pork chops, coconut flour pancakes, etc.
Thank you so much for the awesome healthy recipes, keep up the great work! 🙂
I’m really glad you like this recipe — it’s one of my favorites, too! Thanks so much for buying our cookbooks. I hope you have lots of fun making the recipes.
So good! I added bacon, a couple drops of maple syrup, and a fried egg. 🙂
That sounds mega luscious!
I made this with peaches. Fantastic!!
I’m thinking this could make decent potluck dish with meatballs instead of patties.
Thanks so much!