Cuban-inspired Paleo Burger

Cuban-inspired Paleo Burger

I’ve been coming across some delicious-looking paleo burger recipes. like the Spinach-Chicken Burgers from Cardamom Mom and the Paleo Cajun Burgers from Kohler Created. So I had a craving. And out of this craving, I threw together this bun-less pork burger.

The Cuban burger recipes I looked up include mayonnaise, swiss, and ham. This version substitutes with avocado and prosciutto, which gives it the creamy texture. I also went for 100% ground pork instead of a pork and beef mixture. It’s not quite warm enough for the grill yet, so I pan-fried these burgers. I think they’d be even more delicious on the grill this summer!

Cuban-inspired Paleo Burger

Cuban-inspired Paleo Burger | Hold the Lemon

Makes 9 servings 

Part 1: Patties

These patties use very finely diced up mushrooms instead of bread crumbs to help give these patties some substance while still keeping the burger lighter than a pack of meat.

  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB coconut oil


  1. Finely dice the yellow onion and mushrooms together. I used a food processor for this and it was exceedingly helpful.
  2. Put the meat in a large bowl, and add the onion-mushroom mixture, eggs, garlic, pepper, paprika, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Hand-make 9 patties. (My hands ended up making 9 patties, but bigger hands may be able to make an even 8. This recipe accounts for 9.)
  4. Heat coconut oil in a large flat fry pan over medium heat.
  5. Cook each patty 8 minutes on each side or until desired done-ness.
  6. While waiting for the patties to cook, continue to part 2 to prep plating and topping.

Part 2: Plating and Topping

  • 9 leaves of lettuce
  • 9 slices of prosciutto (about 1/2 ounce each)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced


  1. Place finished burger in the middle of a single leaf of lettuce.
  2. Top with a slice of prosciutto folded over.
  3. Top each with an equal amount slices of avocado.
  4. Top each with an equal amount slices of red onion.
  5. I suggest wrapping the lettuce around the burger as you eat. Or eat it however you like! Enjoy it.


Patty only (1 patty)

Calories 218 cal
Fat 12 g
Carbs 2 g
Protein 22 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 1 g

Patty + Topping

Calories 269 cal
Fat 15 g
Carbs 5 g
Protein 27 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugar 2 g

Final thoughts

I’m going to make this again really soon. It was really good. Really good.  I apologize for the slightly blurry picture; apparently my husband and I were rushing to have dinner because it looked so good, and my pictures suffered for it!

I haven’t had a chance to run this through my micro-nutrient and vitamin calculator, but if there’s any interest I add an addendum to this recipe.

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