Paleo “Peanut” Carrot Curry Turkey Burgers

Apr 9, 2012 by

Yeah so that’s a mouthful I realize but I had no idea what to name these. They’re like a burger, but… not because I pan-fried them in coconut oil. They’re like a patty or a cake…but Curry Turkey Cake did not sound appetizing at all. I’m honestly not sure what these are but I can tell you where they came from.

One good thing about not drinking on a Saturday night is not being hungover on Sunday. (WHO KNEW, RIGHT?) And since we’re eating so strictly, we decided to spend some time on Sunday prepping meals for the upcoming week. We sent the kids outside, but on some Emeli Sand√© (I love her so hard right now) and started chopping and cooking. We made a large batch of turkey taco meat full of diced tomatoes, peppers and onions. Mike made some steak-onion-egg thing with the leftover chuck roast for last night. I put aside some cut-up stuff for salads. We took out a few burgers we made last week and froze to defrost.

Then there sat the other pound of lonely turkey meat. I had just made taco meat, we had burgers already defrosting, and as much as I love meatloaf, I only love it with its BFF Heinz ketchup and since we’re not eating that, it was vetoed. I texted Holly:

(Can you see how modest I am?)

Though I had no green curry paste in the house, I did have yellow curry powder and since both Mike and I bought carrots without the other knowing, we had those coming out of our ear-holes, too. I figured I’d find a way to combine her thoughts with my ingredients and I came up with these.

I used homemade (unsalted and unsweetened) almond butter so that’s why I added the 1/2 tsp of salt. If you are using store bought and/or roasted almond butter, you will likely not need this. I always err on the side of caution with salt. It’s better to add it to the final product to a person’s taste rather than ruin the entire dish by putting in too much. Also if you don’t have garam masala, go buy it. Seriously, it’s delicious and so good in stews, curries, and soups. But if you reaaaaaallly can’t find it or don’t have it, just use 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp curry instead.

I also pan-fried these in coconut oil because 1) coconut oil is pretty much the most awesome superfood on the planet and I try and get it where I can and 2) dudes, it’s DELICIOUS and makes the patties/cakes/burgers so crispy on the outside while still moist on the inside (also: ewwww, I just said moist, please kill me.)

There are very few ingredients and once I had the idea, it all came together really fast. I may or may not have eaten two. Or three. SHUT UP I’M A HUNGRY GIRL.


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  1. Michele

    I like the combination – it sounds good! I bet the almond butter worked well with the carrots.

    When we lived in Wyoming we bought a half cow every year and had lots of ground beef. Everybody (seems to) love meatballs and I always grated in a carrot or two as I’d buy the 5-10lb bags as they are so cheap that way. You can grate in zucchini too or anything else you have on hand. I’ve been known to throw in last night’s veggies too – everything from chard, Brussels sprouts, to green beans. Just an idea for next time you don’t know what do to with a pound of ground meat. :) I usually bake them but they’re easy on the stovetop too, though usually I’d just make patties for ease as you did.

  2. The recipe does not sound all that appealing, but the pic makes me want to try it! Love that you include carrots…they are so healthy for you.

  3. EZP

    We call anything small and burger-ish a slider, lol.

  4. These are really, really, really good. I wasn’t sure about the combination, mainly because my mind wants to see almond butter for sweet uses only. I served it with a curry braised cabbage and kale saute and mustard. So good. I already want to make it again. Thank you so much for posting it. I agree, culinary genius.


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