Flavor Burgers 3 Ways (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

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“If life were predictable it would cease to be life,
and be without flavor.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Mix It Up

On a healing diet, I cook a LOT of burgers, so to keep from getting bored, I like to mix up the flavors a bit. Mickey at Autoimmune Wellness gave me the idea with her herb burgers. The herb version below is a variation on hers, using dried herbs instead of fresh (sadly, I have no herb garden). She eats her burgers for breakfast, but they’re delicious any time of day, and would make a perfect addition to your Fourth of July BBQ. In my Paleo Road Trip article, I mentioned that I also pack these for the road, because they taste great cold and make a filling course for your roadside picnic.

In addition to the herb version, I created two more: Italian and Garlic/Onion. Feel free to experiment with other combinations. Just because we sacrifice the bun, doesn’t mean we sacrifice the flavor!

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Flavor Burgers 3 Ways | Phoenix Helix

Flavor Burgers 3 Ways (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

  • Author: Eileen Laird
  • Total Time: 15-45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings



Herb Burgers:

  • 1 lb. ground beef/bison
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

Italian Spice Burgers:

  • 1 lb. ground beef/bison
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil

Onion & Garlic Burgers:

  • 1 lb. ground beef/bison
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup finely diced fresh onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic


  1. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can use it at low speed to blend the spices into the meat. Otherwise, put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and blend with your hands.
  2. Shape into 3 or 4 patties, depending on how big you like your burgers. If you have time to let them sit for 30 minutes before cooking, they’ll be even more flavorful.
  3. You can cook these in a skillet over medium heat (5-8 minutes per side), or on a gas grill over medium heat (3-5 minutes per side). If you cook them on the grill, just be sure to preheat your grill, and poke a small hole in the center of each patty to ensure they cook evenly (no raw centers).
  4. You can also freeze the patties, to cook later.
  • Prep Time: 5-30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-16 minutes
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Method: Stovetop, Grill

Keywords: paleo, aip, gaps, wahls, whole30, flavor burgers 3 ways

More Flavor Variations

Update: As the paleo AIP community has grown, store-bought spice blends and condiments are now available. Convenience food on the autoimmune protocol is a true gift! 

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Credit: recipe photograph taken by Christina Feindel

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