Sunday, April 12, 2009

Primal Breakfast: Elk Burgers

Yum! Elk burgers for breakfast! This is a fast fix breakfast if you prepare the patties in advance ( i.e. the night before for supper, or frozen and defrosted) but if you have time in the morning you can make a quick patty.
I chose some nice ground elk meat available at my local grocery store, but if you don't have access to elk, use bison, or even grassfed beef will work. Skip the bun, but keep the fixins for extra flavor and appeal. ( I have to admit, a plain patty doesn't really excite me either, but dress it up with onions, pickles, mustard, tomato = YUM!)
Pair up your primal burger with a mixed veggie salad, or steamed veggies. I had salad prepared from the night before again, to keep things simple and fast. Fresh lettuce, baby beet greens, dandelion leaves, arugula, pickled beets, snap peas, carrots, green onions, a touch of goat cheese and a tahini dressing.

For the burgers:
1 lb ground elk, bison or grassfed beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp sage leaf
1 tbsp wild oregano or regular oregano
2 tsp medium hot chile powder (use mild if you don't like spicy foods)
1 tsp chipotle flakes
black pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Mix all the ingredients well, using your hands makes this easier. Form into 4 1/4 lb patties. Pan fry immediately for approximately 10 min, depending on how thick you have made your patties. (You can grill these too, but firing up the grill in the a.m. is a bit ambitious for me). Or, wrap in wax paper or plastic, and fridge or freeze for later.

Serve burger hot, topped with sliced onion, mustard, horseradish, tomato, pickles ( I added a bit of cheese, not entirely primal), lettuce, or sauteed mushrooms and peppers. Whatever you like.

Another perfectly primal breakfast to keep you going the whole day through. I served my breakfast with a nice steaming cup of spicy chai to wake up my digestive system with carminatives and warming digestive stimulants (ginger, cardamom, orange peel etc).

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