Guest Post: Paleo Cajun Burger

When I heard Danielle’s news, my heart broke for her and her family. As a mother, there are some things in life you just expect to be absolutes, and when something this tragic happens, it changes your life permanently. The grace and the strength you have shown during this time only show what an incredible woman you are, Danielle!

My prayers are with you and your family, Danielle, and I wish you continued peace. To help lighten Danielle’s load of maintaining her blog, I am sharing one of my favorite hamburger recipes–the Cajun Burger.

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But first, a little background.
My father was born in the Deep South, and while he has always had a love of southern fried chicken, cornbread and banana cream pie, he has always had an aversion to spicy foods.
My mother, on the other hand, is part fire breather and would drink the juice from a can of pickled jalapenos as a night cap. But to keep everyone happy, she would make everything mild, so I never understood why my friends wanted nothing to do with Cajun Burgers.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about Cajun food, and a big one is that it’s always spicy. While it’s always flavorful, spicy is not always true. This recipe is fragrant with spices, but tame with the heat. It makes a fun burger recipe to try when you just want something a little bit more exotic.


kellbejellyyheadshotKelly Bejelly is the recipe developer, writer and photographer behind the popular grain-free food blog, Agirlworthsaving.net. She is the author of cookbook, Paleo Eat: 101 Comforting Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes for the Foodie in You. After being diagnosed as pre-diabetic in 2009, in a last ditch effort to save herself, she tried the Paleo diet. Within six months, she lost 65 lbs., normalized her blood sugars and ended her battle with mental anxiety and depression. Her cooking style focuses on “Paleo Cooking from Heart ™”.

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Guest Post: Paleo Cajun Burger



PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 10-12 mins TOTAL TIME: 20 mins


Spice Mix

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme leaves


  • 1 pound (80% lean) ground beef
  • One small onion, minced in your food processor
  • ½ cup of diced green onion
  • Spice mix
  • Lettuce leaves or Paleo Hamburger Buns


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add the spices and mix with a spoon until well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, minced onion, diced green onion and the spice mix.
  3. With your hands, mix until well combined and shape into 4-2” round balls.
  4. Flatten the balls to ½” thick and set aside.
  5. Place a large skillet on medium high and warm for 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Place the four patties in the skillet and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until well browned. Flip and repeat.
  7. Remove from the pan and put the burger on a lettuce leave or a Paleo Hamburger Bun. Garnish as desired.