Practical Paleo – Smoky Burgers with Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce

As most of you know, I spent the past weekend at the 2012 Crossfit Games.  Well I wasn’t only shooting photos, I was hanging out and spending quality time with a few amazing friends that I don’t get to see too often.  Well I now must confess, the only reason I started a Paleo Cooking blog was so I could work my way into the “in” circle of all the people I looked up to.  People like The Food Lovers Primal-PalateNom Nom PaleoCave Girl Eats, and Balanced Bites just to name a few.  The reason that is important, is cause it worked and I got to spend my weekend with them.  The perks of that, I was the 6th person (total guess) to see the FIRST copy of Diane’s new AMAZING book [amazon_link id=”1936608758″ target=”_blank” ]Practical Paleo[/amazon_link].  Let me check my math, Publisher was number 1, Diane was number 2, Bill and Hayley were 3 and 4, Hayleys grandparents were numbers 5 and 6, and that’s right, The Civilized Caveman was Numero 6.  That makes me happy, and for no reason really except I get to call all the amazing people listed above friends.  So enough about talking about myself and my friends, let’s get on to the amazing book.

[amazon_image id=”1936608758″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle[/amazon_image]

Right off the bat, the first thing I can say about it, IT’S SEXY and huge.  I am being completely honest that this book along with [amazon_link id=”1936608863″ target=”_blank” ]Make It Paleo[/amazon_link] should honestly be registered as deadly weapons as they both weigh in at over 400 pages.  Good thing for all of you, it is 400+ pages of amazing quality.  [amazon_link id=”1936608758″ target=”_blank” ]Practical Paleo[/amazon_link] is chalked full of simple delicious recipes like the one in this post, meal plans, tear out cheat sheets for your fridge. SEE BELOW.  And by the way, I better not read anything on Barnes and Noble that says there have been recent attacks of page tear outs missing from Paleo Books. Shame on you for thinking it, and shame on me for giving you the idea if you didn’t think of it haha.  Oh crap and I almost forgot, mine came with a sweet ass magnet too.


But more on those tear outs, Diane wants all of you to know to not worry, they are duplicates of the ones that are already in the book, so you don’t have to worry about losing them once your dog eats them or your neighbors steal them.  Just to name a few of the guides, my favorites are the Paleo Starches, How to stock a Paleo Pantry, and the simple guide to Paleo foods you can bring with you to the grocery store.  There are like 5 more but the book is upstairs and my legs hurt from working out today so I am not going to go look again, nothing personal.  And now for what I think is the most important part of the whole book. Meal plans, and now just simple rounded meal plans, nope these are for very specific conditions and situations, here is a preview of all the pages photographed one handed with my phone, hence the quality haha.  And just for the record, Diane is going to scream at me when she sees how slap-assed this is put together, but it works so here you go:

So yes you read that picture right.  There is a separate 30 day meal plan in the book for each one of those conditions or situations.  That alone is invaluable.  I don’t even want to know how much it would cost to pay for a nutritionist or doctor or anyone to custom tailor meal plans to your conditions, but I guarantee you it would be way more than the current [amazon_link id=”1936608758″ target=”_blank” ]$21.47[/amazon_link] this book is going for on Amazon right now.  So in the nicest way, I am telling you that you HAVE to click on that link and pre order that book right now.  I was considering going on and talking more, but my fingers hurt and your head probably hurts from reading my slap ass gibberish which flows in no particular order.  So I will leave you with one final hilarious image from the book just in case you ever wonder what your POOP means:

And here is the recipe, Hope you enjoy:


5.0 from 5 reviews
Smokey Burgers with Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce - Practical Paleo Review
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Serves: 2
  • 2 pounds grassfed ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds to garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Let your meat come to room temperature and then mix your ground beef with all of the above smoky spice blend
  2. Go preheat your grill to medium heat
  3. Form your meat into 8 equal size patties and set on a plate while your grill comes to temperature
  4. Once warm, place your burgers on the grill and cook ~6 minutes per side or until you reach the level of doneness you desire. 6 minutes at 400 Degrees got me medium rare
  5. Once done let them rest for at least 10 minutes before serving and garnish with the sauce below
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all of your ingredients except the sesame oil and simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until most of the water has cooked off
  2. Place the cooked pineapple in a blender and blend until smooth
  3. Add your sesame oil and blend until well incorporated and then use as a sauce for your burgers
You can cut this recipe in half by using 1lb ground beef and cutting all the spices in half


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  1. Oh my goodness!! This recipe was AMAZING!! We had the burgers with grilled asparagus. My husband gets a little skeptical about the paleo sauces I make and claimed he wasn’t too thrilled with this one. But when he put it on the burgers, he LOVED it! This sauce compliments the burgers perfectly. We made it with 1 lb bison, 1 lb grass fed beef. The only change I’d make is to cut the salt down a little. Thank you!

  2. Wasn’t sure I’d like this with the sesame & pineapple….BUT wow played off the chipotle perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m just starting on this paleo journey, experimenting with recipes, and just got Practical Paleo from Amazon. I love the book! Not only is it “sexy,” it is also so well organized. I love that Diane Sanfilippo is a nutrition expert and talks about specific health issues. I didn’t know that cabbage was bad for me with my thyroid issues but that carrots and beets are very good for me. The two recipes I’ve tried, the bacon-wrapped chicken and the salmon cakes, were really easy to make and tasted really good.

    I look forward to making these sliders. They look delicious! I just need to get my hands on some coconut aminos for the sauce. I will, of course, rate the recipe when I get the chance to make it.

  4. Just finished making this and devouring 2 patties while the others were cooking (never go food shopping or start your weekly cooking fiasco starving) and I love them. Just slightly too salty for me, but I should have listened to my gut when I saw the 1Tbs of salt. Will pair it with some avocado for the remainder of the patties though and that should do the trick to tame the salt. Time to go buy Practical Paleo :)

  5. My pregnant roommate was hit with a massive craving for fast food earlier today, and I landed on your recipe for these while searching Google for paleo-friendly burger recipes. She conquered the urge to drive off to Arby’s, and waited patiently for an hour and a half while I thawed the meat (I used grass-fed ground bison), prepped the kitchen, cooked the burgers and sauce, and whipped up some oven-baked sweet potato fries. Thanks for helping me make her day! That pineapple teriyaki sauce is outta this world! I’ll definitely let her know about the book.

  6. ok… I have to admit, ever since seeing the “Poop Pageant” page… I’ve become a turd analytical professor. Embarrassing to admit that part, but this book is so awesome!

  7. Hi George, thanks for the preview recipe! We tried this last night with a pound of ground bison…perhaps it’s because the meat is so lean but the 2 tbsp of the spice mix was way too strong and salty — and I really like savory, smokey food! I made a large batch of the smokey blend, which is fantastic, so I’ll try it out again with some fattier ground beef. For bison, it’s probably better to go with 1 or 1.5 tbsp of the mix. But the pineapple teriyaki sauce was perfect!! I have your honey baked ham recipe in the oven now, going to pair with Bill and Haley’s Cinnamon Parsnips! Love you guys!! Hope you’re enjoying the East Coast!

  8. Great recipe! I was confused by the layout, though. I didn’t realize that I should make the spice mix separately and then add 2 Tbsp of it to the meat, I thought I was supposed to add all the listed ingredients together. Whoops! I used 2 pounds of meat and didn’t double the spices, so the burgers were still good, but if you could clarify a bit it might help others with limited reading comprehension like me. Thanks so much!

  9. Your hard working recipe blog surely paid off :) You definitely part of the big Paleo food bloggers “inner circle” now. I tried to do some paleo recipe blog but I guess I wasn’t dedicated enough that I couldn’t really keep coming out with interesting recipes to attract more people to my blog :)

  10. I already pre-ordered it online! Thanks for the awesome review though. I was wondering what I was actually going to be getting and it sounds amazing!

  11. Thanks for the preview, but seriously…I pre-ordered this book about 2 months ago and your post feels like a big tease!!

  12. Hi, George
    Wow, this sounds so interesting. It seems that this book has absolutely everything we could possible ask from a cookbook. And these burgers are so yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m so glad you love it. I can’t wait for people to continue to uncover nuggets of wisdom as they read different parts of it as time goes on! Take it to the bathroom next time, too and refer to page 75 ;)

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