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How To Make Paleo Curried Beef Burger Mango Slaw

A curried burger is a perfect meal for any barbecue or party. It’s an American classic filled with flavor and heat, ready to make your guests’ mouth water.

The only thing about this burger that isn’t paleo friendly is the burger bun. Remove that, and you have a tasty meal that everyone can eat.

The only downside is that this burger is no longer finger food. You’ll need a knife and fork to hold the hot and juicy beef.


There are two elements to this burger, the curried beef patty and the mango cabbage slaw. We have separated the two ingredients to make the recipe easier to follow.

Curried Beef Patty

  • Ground Beef – 18 oz
  • Mild or Hot Curry Seasoning – 1 tablespoon 
  • Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin – ¼ teaspoon
  • White Pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Egg – 1

Mango Cabbage Slaw

  • Mango – 1 (Peeled)
  • Red Cabbage – ½ 
  • Carrots – 3 
  • Scallions – 3 
  • Jalapeno – 1 (Seeded)
  • Lime Juice – ¼ cup


This recipe will only take 30 minutes to complete and serves 8 people. Our method uses a grill which means you can complete the instructions on a barbeque or on the grill feature of your oven. You choose!

Step 1

Add all of the ingredients from the curried beef patty list into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix the contents until everything is well incorporated.

Step 2

Create 8 patties of equal size, and place them on greaseproof paper. Make sure the greaseproof paper is on a tray or a wooden board – anything that will allow you to move it about easily.

Once created and prepared, put the patties into the refrigerator for 20 minutes. This will help them firm up as their flavors meld together.

Step 3

As the patties rest, cut the mango, cabbage, and scallion into lengthwise slices. Then julienne the carrots and dice the jalapenos. 

When cutting and deseeding the jalapenos, make sure to wear gloves, and then wash your hands thoroughly once the job is completed. Otherwise, you might touch your eyes or sensitive areas of your body and create a burning sensation.

Put your vegetables and pepper into a clean mixing bowl and pour your lime juice over them. Mix everything, moving gently and keeping your jalapeno gloves on.

Step 4

Turn your oven to a high heat, and once the temperature is ready, place your patties on the grill.

Grill for around 5 minutes on each side.

Step 5

Once the burgers are cooked, top them off with a helping of slaw and serve. Enjoy!

What To Serve With Curried Beef Burgers

What To Serve With Curried Beef Burgers

Because these burgers are naked, the first suggestion we have is lettuce. If you’re eating food at a barbeque, you don’t expect to need a knife and fork. Use romaine lettuce or any large leafy green which has a strong crispy structure.

The lettuce will act as the bread bun, helping you hold the juicy meat in place as you chow down.

Other great suggestions include french fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings.

Our favorite is sweet potato fries. Because this potato type is sweet, it creates a refreshing and delicious change of pace from the curried beef burger. It will pair amazingly.

To make sweet potato fries, simply peel the potatoes and cut them julienne style (into thin matchstick shapes). Then season the vegetable with salt, garlic, and oregano. Make sure to drop some oil into the mixture so the seasons stick. Don’t put too much on though!

Lastly, pop the mixture into an air fryer for 15 minutes and you’ll have made delicious sweet potato fries.

Onion rings aren’t normally paleo. That’s because they need flour to create the crispy edge. To get around that issue use almond flour, and the mixture of flour with garlic salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. 

This will make the overall flour taste similar to the curried beef burger, allowing them to pair nicely. Without these added flavors, you’ll be left with a nutty taste. Although that nutty taste is nice, it won’t match our meal’s palate. 

Cut your onions into rings, dip them into a bowl with a whisked egg in, and then dip them into the flour mixture. Lastly, deep fry them for around 2 minutes. There you’ll have a tasty paleo-friendly onion ring side that fits perfectly with our curried beef burgers.

Final Thoughts

These curried beef burgers will be the talk of the barbecue. Show off to your friend and let them all enjoy your Paleo-friendly meal. 

Use our advice for extra sides to pair with the main, and let us know if you think of any more pairing ideas!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do Some People Add Worcestershire Sauce To Burgers?

Worcestershire sauce adds an amazing depth of flavor which pairs well with beef. The sauce is made using fermented anchovies and deepens the flavors already in beef.

Is Worcestershire Sauce Paleo-Friendly?

No. Worcestershire sauce isn’t paleo friendly as it includes a fermentation process that goes against the natural ideologies of the diet. 

Why Are My Homemade Burgers Bland?

The most common cause of bland burgers comes from a lack of fat. If you use lean meats or reduced-fat ground beef you are missing out on most of the flavor.

If you don’t want to use the fatty alternative, add more enriching flavors to the burger mixture. This includes Worcestershire sauce, mustard, onions, or garam masala.

What Is Slaw Made Of?

Slaw is the shortened name for Coleslaw. Coleslaw is the Dutch word for Cabbage Salad. So technically a slaw should contain cabbage. However, as the word has changed and morphed, it now means something slightly different. 

A slaw should be made of any shredded raw vegetables that fit into a salad. For example, cabbage, carrots, spring onions, and cucumbers. It is normally accompanied by a salad dressing or something to add sauce to the mixture – normally mayonnaise or a vinaigrette.

Justin Roberts