Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paleo Meatball Burgers

My kids loves meatballs in any way, shape or form. I decided to try to make something a little summery with them and create a meatball-inspired burger. My kids ate these on gluten-free buns but I just enjoyed mine with a knife and fork (and grain-free zucchini fries alongside). These would also be delicious on portabella mushrooms "buns"!

Since I was making them for the whole family I used a mild sausage, but if you like things spicy either use a spicy sausage or add some red pepper flakes into the meat mixture. The sausage made the burgers a little softer which made me worry they wouldn't hold their shape on the grill. I started to cook them on an indoor grill pan and then transferred to the outdoor grill after a minute or two.

Paleo Meatball Burgers

1 lb. grassed ground beef
3 mild Italian sausage links, removed from casing (about 1/2 lb. of meat)
2 tbs. chopped fresh basil (plus more basil, for serving)
2 tsp. minced fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
2 minced garlic cloves
marinara sauce, for serving

Combine beef, sausage, herbs, salt and garlic in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until well-combined. Form mixture into patties (I made 6 smaller burgers).

Cook on a greased grill pan or outdoor grill, about 6 minutes a side. Serve topped with marinara sauce and some fresh basil leaves.

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