guacamole bacon burgers whole30

most of you already know that the mister and i started the whole30 last week to really start living well and eating better than frat boys (it was beginning to get real bad people!). if you want to read more of our journey click here.
i never thought this blog would be a place that i shared recipes. i am just not a “cook” and felt like i could never compare to the Pioneer Woman! but then i posted about trying new things and not stopping learning here and i was convicted to try to get better at cooking. a lot of you mentioned that i should share some recipes with you all when i talked about our whole30 dino diet – so here you go. one paleo & whole30 approved meal coming right up!


– hamburger patties. make sure that they are only hamburger and are not packed with sneaky things like sugars and preservatives and things you cannot pronounce.
– bacon. this one was a hard one. the only place we could find bacon without sugar on the list was at wholefoods. we rejoiced when we found it!
– butter lettuce (the bigger leaves the better because those will be your buns!)
– tomatoes
– pickles (without preservatives & unpronounceable ingredients)
– red or sweet potatoes (not white)
– olive oil
for the guacamole
– avocados
– onions
– tomatoes
– cilantro
-lemon juice


1. to make the guacamole, cut open and smash up 3 or four avocados in a bowl. cut up half an onion, half or a whole tomato, a couple cilantro leaves, and 2 or 3 garlic cloves into tiny, edible pieces and match them into the avocados! this really is a taste preference thing. bruce and i put lots of garlic and onion in because we like that but you can do whatever you like! guac isn’t a science. add some lemon juice to maintain the color and add a little zest. we also throw the avocado pits into the guac to help it not turn brown.

2. clean & cut your potatoes. slice them into thin slices and preheat the oven to 400 degress.

3. place the slices onto a olive oiled pan. sprinkle a little salt on them and flip them all. you want a little olive oil to be on both sides of the slice. sprinkle salt on top.

4. bake for about 15 – 20 minutes but keep an eye on them. thinner chips cook faster so it all depends on how thin you sliced. i just leave the light on in the oven to watch them.

5. throw the burgers on a grill. sprinkle some flavoring on. we love the Montreal Steak McCormick Grill Mates seasoning because we can have all the ingredients!

6. start cooking up the bacon in a pan.

7. Cut and wash the lettuce. remember to keep the leaves big because they will be your buns.

8. Slice tomatoes & onions to add to your burger.

9. set the table and add extras. mustard, homemade mayo, and pickles are all whole30 & paleo approved.

10. when everything is cooked & ready – put your burger together and enjoy!

what are some of your favorite paleo / whole30 meals?! i am really starting to love making all these new creations! the husband and i have never eaten so good!


Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Oh my! I bet that it was very yammy! Now I know what I will get for my lunch! 🙂
    By the way, have I told you that I love your blog? The header and menu bar are just great!

  • That looks sooo yummy!

  • that sounds soo yummy! thanks for sharing 🙂

    grace & love,

  • i love a good burger!
    And this one looks delish! 🙂

  • Jen

    Good for you! We've talked (very briefly) about doing the Whole 30, but my husband would never go for it. Hence the brief conversation 🙂 I've had several friends who have done it and loved it. Of course I don't have the recipe but I'm sure you could find it on pinterest- but one of my favorite things she made was an artichoke dip. No cheese and she used ground cashews as the "binder". It was really good- we ate it with yucca (sp??) Yum! We try to incorporate some paleo/whole30 recipes into our diet, but it is certainly not exclusive

  • I love reading about these recipes because they are delicious and healthy! I am not doing the whole30 challenge but I still eat a lot of paleo recipes. 🙂

  • Amy

    i love avocados. Seriously, i eat like one a day.
    Keep sharing your recipes i'd love to read them! Yay for getting healthy, i'm working on that myself

  • Ok, so honestly, this is one of my most favorite paleo recipes. My husband and I have fun coming up with Paleo burger creations! Just this week I made a mushroom n' onion version! Of course, with a fried egg on top!

  • dying.
    i want this, like right now.