The “Big Meat” Burger

We’re calling this bad boy the “Big Meat” Burger not just because it’s a half pound of thick, juicy beef (although that’s plenty of reason). With two beef patties, two cheese slices, pickles, shredded lettuce and our own “special sauce”—a.k.a. Primal Kitchen® Thousand Island Dressing or Primal Kitchen Special Sauce, you might just be thinking of another “Big M–” burger now. (Wink.)

While we might be channeling some Big Memories here, fast food’s got nothing on this Primal Giant. With omega-3 rich grass-fed beef, aged cheddar, healthy monounsaturated fat based Primal Kitchen dressing, and a low-carb, grain-free Unbun, you’ll enjoy all the savory goodness you remember… with none of the guilt.

The “Big Meat” Burger


Servings: 2

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes



Mix ground beef with salt and black pepper. Divide beef into four parts, and shape into patties. (Make the patties on the thinner side, since they’ll “shrink” while cooking.)

Grill or broil for approximately 6-8 minutes, depending on preference and thickness of patties.

Place cooked patties on plate, and top each with cheese slices. Put a drop of water on each cheese slice and cover the plate with a large pot lid (the water then creates steam to help melt the cheese).

For buns, spread the cut side of each with ghee or butter and griddle until toasted.

To add sesame seeds to buns, brush buns with egg white and sprinkle on seeds. Bake for 2 minutes at 275 ºF/135 ºC until egg white is cooked.

Place one cheese covered patty on bottom bun. Add shredded lettuce, pickle slices and one tablespoon Primal Kitchen Special Sauce or Primal Kitchen Thousand Island Dressing. Stack the second patty and top with lettuce, dressing and pickles. Then add the top bun. Do the same for the second burger. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (per burger):

  • Calories: 750 
  • Carbs: 21.8 grams
  • Fat: 61.2 grams
  • Protein: 27.2 grams

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  1. My fave burger topping is cheese – most any kind will do, but the richer and creamier the better. Grass-fed dairy of course!

  2. Pro tip: don’t salt the burger until the end (after the patty is formed). But don’t take my word for it, search Kenji Lopez Alt of The Food Lab fame and he’ll walk you through the science of it.

    Otherwise, great looking recipe and thanks again Mark and Co for all the work and value you provide!

  3. My favorite burger topping has to be pickles! I love the acidic contrast to the burger meat 🙂

  4. My favorite burger topping is mushrooms – usually with onions and a mild cheese. The new Thousand Island dressing looks delicious!

  5. My new fave burger topping: Primal Kitchen ketchup. Just tried it yest on a lettuce wrap grassfed burger fried in beef tallow – yumm!

    1. I was reluctant to go out and buy PK’s ketchup right away simply because I couldn’t fathom a healthy ketchup tasting awesome.
      Wow. No need to ever go back to Heinz or Hunt’s.

      1. Heinz owns Primal Kitchen, yet understand the original intent

  6. Fav burger topping is homemade creamy cilantro-lime chipotle dressing. And homemade pickles. And an heirloom tomato from my garden, during the season

  7. My favorite? Mayo, mustard, dill pickle slices and a tomato slice or two.

  8. Favorite burger toppings are caramelized onions, lots of bacon, and American, Provolone and Pepper Jack Cheese

  9. My favorite burger topping is cheese, any kind, it’s all delicious!

  10. My favorite burger topping is more protein (than this recipe). 😉

  11. Favorite hamburger topping are goat cheese, mustard sprouts, caramelized onions and mushrooms

  12. My favorite is a combo of 3 – ketchup (Primal), mustard and pickles. Oh and fry it with some ghee and some of Nom Nom Paleo’s gravey that is made in the instapot while you cook a whole chicken. I freeze it in cubes in the freezer so I can pop them out as needed.

  13. Favorite burger topping is sauteed mushrooms! Goes good on all types of burgers 🙂

  14. My favorite burger topping is definitely a pasture-raised organic sunny side up egg with a pinch of Himalayan pink salt on top. When I put the bun on top, it’s so satisfying seeing the yolk explode down the side of the burger. I always dip my burger in the extra yolk that drips on the plate. I’ve met people that said yolks don’t taste like anything, and it makes me sad because they taste amazing.

    1. They’re just eating the wrong egg yolks. Conventional egg yolks really don’t taste like much.

  15. Looks delicious. Love your dressings. One minor critique: I don’t love how you say “none of the guilt” at the end of the paragraph. In the words of Robb Wolf, and many others, ‘food is just food.’ We should never feel guilty about what we have chosen to eat. Even if it is a Big M, candy bar, entire pizza etc.

  16. My favorite burger topping is roasted red peppers!

  17. “Steak Mayo”
    – PK mayo, PK mustard, PK steak sauce…mix together and top your burger with that!
    (It’s my usual hard-boiled egg dip but I had to share it here)

  18. I don’t add anything unusual to my burgers, so I don’t have a single topping that stands out. I like mine with mayo, lettuce, and onions, with cheese and bacon thrown on if I have any in the fridge!!

  19. Favorite burger topping is katsuobushi! Its funky and delicious and oh so fun to watch dance.

  20. Favorite burger topping is lots of crunch veggies! Followed both!

  21. My favorite burger topping is Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo!

  22. My favorite burger topping is grilled onions and mushrooms. Healthy and delicious!

  23. My favorite burger topping would have to be onions, raw or grilled.

  24. I’m a fan of strong flavors and would have to say Bleu Cheese is my all time favorite topping for a hamburger.

  25. Some of my favorite toppings… Avocado and grilled onions!
    But NOW Primal Kitchen Mayo – haven’t eaten Mayo in years, LOVE IT!

  26. My fav burger topping is avocados, hands down! Can’t wait to try the thousand island dressing!

  27. Already following both. My favorite topping on a burger is sauteed mushrooms. Making my mouth water! lol

  28. Favorite topping has to be grilled onions with catsup!

  29. Favorite burger toppings, egg, bacon, cheese, and ranch ???

  30. I top my burgers with mayo, leaf lettuce, sliced red onions, and avocado slices. If I’m using cheese I prefer provolone.

  31. It’s really hard to pick s favorite burger topping, but I like the smoked paprika mayo at Farm Burger…and the Pine Street bacon…and Gouda…and sautéed mushrooms…and roasted garlic. I’m hungry!

  32. My favorite burger toppings are mayo, mustard, tomato, and longhorn cheese and always toast the bun.

  33. I must admit my favorite burger topping is another burger or and onion.

  34. Oh man… ketchup, lettuce, pickle, and onion. Though… I do also love to toss a fried egg on top as well when it’s offered.

  35. Blue cheese is probably my most favorite burger topping.