Paleo Burger Jamaican Style: The Jamerican Burger

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When I first came to the United States, I quickly realized how important the All-American burger was. It practically had a following!

There are thousands and thousands of restaurants and websites dedicated to burgers. And they soon had me following them. If you are avoiding grains, it would be a travesty to avoid burgers.

At Jamaican It Paleo, we had to find a way to still be able to enjoy burgers, but without the bun. What can be our paleo burger savior?

Seemingly out of nowhere, the sweet potato came to the rescue! In true Jamaican style, I still have to season my burger with some spices that remind me of a good Jamaican meal, but everything else screams delicious burger. Check this out!

Ingredients for the Jamerican Paleo Burger:

Jamerican Paleo Burger
Jamerican Paleo Burger
Jamaican burger meets an American Paleo burger with a sweet potato bun.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 burgers

  • 1 lb. of grass-fed ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion (minced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of curry
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoon almond or coconut flour

Instructions for cooking the burger:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Form into 1/4 lb. patties
  • Place on your barbecue grill for four minutes on each side for maximum juiciness OR cook in the oven with the sweet potato bun

Instruction for the sweet potato bun:

  • Take 1 large sweet potato and remove the skin
  • Slice into 1/4-inch thick discs
  • Place on cookie sheet and brush with olive oil.
  • Season with sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Put in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes with the burgers and cook until golden brown or until it’s soft with your fork


Have you ever cooked a Paleo Burger? What are your favorites? And have you used sweet potatoes for the burger bun?


Alex Grant

Alex Grant is a Jamaican living in the US and cooking paleo real food recipes for his family. He shares his authentic and traditional real food Jamaican recipes, along with other paleo creations he and his wife make for free at Jamaican It Paleo. You can also find them on Facebook.

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  • Michelle Johnson

    Hi Alex, this will be my 1st paleo burger (with grass-fed beef). I’ve made a chicken burger with a cauliflower bun – it was yummy! At what temperature do you cook the sweet potato?

    • Risk

      The te,p I believe would be round 425 , that’s what I use to oven bake other veggies , and he said 4 mins a side , but my veggies take 15 then 15 then 15, so just going to have to experiment with it lol enjoy , mmmmmm baked veggies

    • ALEX

      We cook them at 375 for about 30 minutes and we cut them about 1/2 inch thick. thanks!

  • Rose

    Depending on the temp of oven, I though that Olive Oil wasn’t supposed to be heated over 350 degrees? What about almond bread, wouldn’t that work also? Is tapioca flour paleo? More details on this recipe please

    • ALEX

      Yes, tapioca flour is paleo, but we don’t really use it. Also, you could use coconut oil. I think almond bread would be great… :) One love.

  • Gene Allen

    I second the motion on the portabella mushrooms as a bun. Had my first one in Austin at a restaurant there. They had grass feed beef and with the Portabella it was wonderful. I love the idea of the sweet potato though and will have to try it.

  • Ron

    It looks good – Need to cover all the basses in recipes so it leaves no question as to how to make.

    Last and NOT least – anyone else that having difficulty in find the print button?

    This nuts you have to hand copy a recipe from the web!

    • fran


    • Nene

      You should be able to print by right clicking with your mouse and selecting print if there isn’t a button on the page .

    • Lisa

      I couldn’t find a print button either, I just highlighted the text, copied and pasted it into Word and printed it from there.

    • virginia

      Instead of printing the recipe, copy it and send it to yourself. Then make a copy of that.

    • ALEX

      Hey RON,
      We fixed the recipe. I am just a guest poster and do not work for so sorry about the print button. Make sure to check us out at Nuff respect mon! :) Alex

  • Mahri

    The sweet potato “bun” would add nice flavor but still would be awkward to hold. The burger is on a plate, not a piece of paper, remind folks that with a knife and fork you can always enjoy your burger without a bun!! It doesn’t have to be complicated, nor impossible!!

  • Miriam

    Hi just wondering if green pea flour is ok in the Paleo Diet?

  • Ed Vaitis

    Temp to bake sweet potatoes at?
    sked a number of times but no answer shown anywhere

  • Wanda carter

    this looks good .I love my Burgers I am going to try it

  • Julie

    instructions for sweet potato buns say to “put in the oven with the burgers and cook for same amount of time.” Did I miss something? When do the burgers go in the oven? Directions say to put them on a grill for 4 minutes each side. If the instructions were meant to say simply to put the potato discs in the oven for the same amount of time as the burgers then I have one more question. Is 8 minutes enough time to cook 1/4″ slices of sweet potato? My guess is no.

    • ALEX

      We asked PH to add that info to the recipe, however every oven is different so keep an eye on your potatoes. Thanks for your patience. :)

  • Elizabeth

    I’m having trouble printing, too. went to top of page to file, print preview and got a double page. It looks like it’s printing over top of itself-ugh guess I’ll have to copy and send to Word and print from there. What a hassle.

  • Janet Cliff

    just made these and they were lovely. In fact, I don’t have a Barbie and it’s certainly not Barbie weather here in the UK so baked everything in the oven, squashing the burger mix into a shallow roasting tray and slicing into squares when done.

  • Tracey

    Hello Alex, In our house we haven’t had a burger on a bun in a couple of years. Always serve them on a big, meaty mushroom and open top, otherwise its too filling. But I really fancy the sweet potato idea, which will give us a change of flavour & am thinking of staying with the mushroom on the bottom and the sweet potato on top of the burger pattie. Expect this would give super flavour and a creaminess from the sweet potato, which would go well with some b b q sauce. Can’t wait to try these. Thank you for the ideas.

  • ALEX

    Thank you for letting us know. We are only guest posters on PH and we do not work for, but the recipe is now fixed.
    Nuff respect, mon!