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surf n’ turf burgers

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I recently learned about the term Surf n’ Turf, and I am absolutely in love with it as a concept.. However, shrimp/crab/lobster/scallops/otherdeliciousseathings are not necessarily easy to get fresh where I am, and certainly not cheap either. Luckily, the rad folks at Ocean Approved just sent me some of their sustainably harvested and nutritious kelp to tinker with, so I came up with this slightly unconventional, vegetable-forward surf n’ turf burger… featuring kelp and mushrooms right in the patty!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb ground beef (grass-fed if available)
  • 1 carton (8 oz) baby portobello mushrooms or white button mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh kelp (usually sold frozen), rinsed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, lard, or tallow

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1. Gather your ingredients.

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2. Coarsely chop both the mushrooms and onions, then mince both separately in a food processor.

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3. In a large frying pan, brown the minced onions in a tablespoon of fat. When translucent and fragrant, add in another tablespoon of fat, the garlic and minced mushrooms, and pan-fry until well-caramelized (make sure delicious brown bits form).

4. Set aside this mixture to cool.

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5. In a food processor, mince the kelp into smaller pieces and stir this into the cooled onion and mushroom mix.

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6. Take the ground beef and stir in all the sea salt, fish sauce, and black pepper until well combined.

7. Combine this beef mixture with the mushroom-onion-kelp mixture.

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8. Form the burger patties using a 1/2 cup measure to get a consistent size.

9. Fry in 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, lard or tallow until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes.

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10. Flip the burgers over and cook for another 3 minutes or until well browned on both sides.

11. Transfer to a rack and let rest for 1 minute. Dig in!

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These are super flavorful and moist on their own, and needs no sauce. I dug in bunless breakfast-style with a fried egg, slice of bacon and ripe avocado slices.

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Enjoy!!