We invited Paleo Mom & Dad over for dinner to celebrate Father’s Day last Sunday. And while the Seattle weather wasn’t exactly screaming for a BBQ, I decided upon a BBQ menu anyway. I was just itching to try something new, and I had remembered that Bill the Butcher had something called “Bacontastic” that I had wanted to try – basically, ground beef mixed with chunks of bacon for making burgers. Mmm. Bacon.
Bill the Butcher has a fantastic and wide selection of grass-fed beef, but they also have some selections that are grass-fed and then 30-day corn-finished, and some that are just “natural,” so we always double-check our order just to make sure we’re avoiding any corn-fed beef. It turned out that the Bacontastic I had set my heart on was one of those grass-fed/corn finished selections. Disappointed, I wasn’t sure what to do next. I already had this menu idea planned and really had my heart set on these burgers.
Lucky for us, Scott at the Redmond location always takes great care of us at Bill the Butcher. (And no, he doesn’t pay us in free meat to write these nice things. But I wouldn’t complain if he did.) He recommended we use the ground lamb meat, and offered to mix the bacon in with it for us, thus creating our very own Lamb Bacontastic, 100% grass-fed. I knew my parents loved lamb, so I was super excited to try this.
Now, you’ve probably taken note that I made Sweet Potato Fries as our side dish. This is, in general, a Paleo “no-no.” I fully acknowledge that I am a hypocrite for even posting such a thing. But, sweet potatoes are include in Loren Cordain, Ph.D.’s book “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” as a post-workout food. Any type of starchy veggie or fruit should only be eaten when and if your body is best able to process the starch content. So, in the spirit of a holiday, wanting to try something new, and reinventing an old favorite of burgers & fries, this meal was born, devoured, and raved about afterwards. Switch up the Sweet Potato Fries for your favorite veggie (perhaps the Blasted Broccoli I just posted?) for something a little more guilt-free :)
We found this recipe for the Sweet Potato Fries on the Everyday Paleo site. She’s got some fantastic recipes there!
So, here goes…
- 1.75 lbs. ground lamb bacontastic (you can just chop up some raw bacon and add it to the ground meat)
- Dried Parsley, several shakes (fresh parsley would be great also)
- Dried Oregano, several shakes (fresh parsley would be great also)
- Sea Salt, to taste
- Black Pepper, to taste
- Add bacon, parsley, oregano, sea salt, and black pepper to the ground lamb.
- Mix by hand until all herbs are evenly distributed.
- Divide into 4, and form burger patties with your hands
- Top with another sprinkle of the parsley and oregano
- While the burgers are grilling, cook up a few more pieces of fresh bacon!
- Grill to Medium
- Top with fresh-cooked bacon (I broke the pieces in half so they would fit nicely atop the burgers)
- Top with Guacamole or Salsa
- Serve & enjoy!
SWEET POTATO FRIES INGREDIENTS:
- NOTE: These fries are pretty darn spicy. If you don’t like a lot of heat, modify the spices to your preference!
- 2 bags of Sweet Potato Spears from Trader Joe’s, or, 2-3 sweet potatoes cut like French fries
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Black Pepper, to taste
- Sea Salt, to taste
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
SWEET POTATO FRIES INSTRUCTIONS:
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a large bowl, whisk all spices together with the olive oil and then toss the sweet potato spears in the olive oil mixture until all the spears are coated.
- Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and evenly spread the potato spears on the foil.
- Bake for 20 minutes, turning the spears over half way through the cooking time.
- Fries will be soft when done. For a crunchy fry, try frying them in coconut oil!
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE RECIPE FOR LAMB BACON BURGERS!
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE RECIPE FOR SWEET POTATO FRIES!
Happy eating :) Joey
I made lamb burgers a few nights ago…love them!!! And, these yam fries look delicious, but quit it already with the Trader Joes comments…we moved to Texas four years ago and only get to stock up during our visits to Oregon and California…so jealous!
By the way…I discovered this Lucini Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinegar at our Whole Foods and thought you might appreciate it! It is awesome!
Yeah, this looks fab, going to try this combo for the family…love printing out the recipes too – you make it so easy! :)
We love that olive oil too!! We went to the market and came home with 3 bottles of it. Have you tried their lemon galric one?? Its wonderful too.
Going to give these lamb burgers a try this weekend. Thanks Joey!
Hey Melissa! I think we sampled them all at one time, and I was buying the spicy one once in awhile too, but we just stuck with the Angelico because we found we liked it all across the board on everything. The lemon garlic sounds delicious!
Any idea how much bacon you’d add to the meat? Could I substitute other meats such as beef, turkey, or chicken just as easily?
btw your photos are gorgeous – very inspiring stuff!
Hmmm… I’d say as much as you want! There’s no right or wrong here :) I imagine any meats would be delicious. I find, with eating Paleo, that you can practically combine any meats and herbs and they all taste great :)
Hi Joey! I’ve been checking out your recent wedding and engagement shots, they are gorgeous! I can tell you’ve been really busy. Just wanted to say hello and I hope everything is going well. These burgers look delicious, as well as everything else on your site.
Thanks Sarah!! Great to hear from you. Yes… so busy I’m dizzy right now :) If anyone else wants the latest in my photography world, check out http://www.joeynicole.com/blog :)
I love your website. Great recipes that are easy to follow and great photography. Keep it up, you’re making me a better cook haha.
Oh. My. STARS! These burgers were AMAZING! <3 I added a little grill seasoning, worstershire and 1/4 t of dried lemon zest as well. Happy 4th of July to ME! :D
I’d check your links for bill the butcher, the website you link to now….well, it doesn’t look anything like a butcher shop, in fact, I’m not even sure that site is safe to visit without up to date browsers and AV software.
Thank you Chadd! That was their old domain address, I went ahead and updated it – thank you so much for the info!