Hidden Liver “Cowboy Up” Burgers

Cowboy Up Burgers

I almost called these burgers “kitten meat burgers” in reference to a hilarious bad lip reading video for Game of Thrones. My coworkers and I are almost as obsessed with this video as we are with the actual show and we can all quote almost the entire thing. At one point in the video the character Littlefinger (known as Petey in the video) asks how everyone liked the kitten meat he put in the burgers they just ate, hence the almost post title of “kitten meat burgers.” I decided against this because I didn’t want people to think I actually put kitten meat in my burgers. I may eat some weird things but I’m not about to start eating cats.

Cowboy Up Burgers

Instead I decided on the title “Cowboy Up Burgers” because they are a spin on Whole Food’s cowboy burgers and because you have to “cowboy up” and eat some liver! These burgers, unlike the ones from Whole Foods, don’t contain breadcrumbs or processed seed oils, making them gluten free and an all around healthier option. In addition to removing the bad stuff, I also upped the nutrient content of these burgers with the addition of grass fed beef liver. For those of you with an aversion to the idea of eating liver due to the taste I’ve got you covered: I put a whole pound of bacon in these bad boys and between that and the other flavors, you can’t taste the liver at all. And for those of you who are afraid of eating liver because you are afraid that it will contain toxins, have no fear… The liver doesn’t actually store toxins, it only filters out toxins. Toxins are actually stored in fat (this is why I advise against eating fat or fatty cuts of meat from conventionally raised animals). I still wouldn’t eat liver from a conventionally raised animal, but if you’re getting it from a grass fed, humanely raised source that you trust (I get mine from a local farm) then it is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood to add to your diet. If you absolutely don’t want to eat liver (I get it) then you can replace the pound of liver with an additional pound of ground beef. The burgers will be equally delicious, just not quite as nutrient dense.

Cowboy Up Burgers

These burgers are pretty sticky and I’m not sure how well they would work cooking them directly on the grill (I’m afraid they would slip through the grates), but they cooked up perfectly in my cast iron pan on the stove… seared on the outside and slightly pink on the inside.

Cowboy Up Burgers

So cowboy up and add some liver to your burgers. I promise you won’t regret it!

Cowboy Up Burgers
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gluten free, grain free, paleo, nut free, egg free
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 10
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1 lb beef liver
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots or ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1½- 2 jalapenos (depending on how spicy you like things)
  • 1 Tbs coconut flour
  1. Place garlic, shallot (or onion) and jalapeno into a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped
  2. Add liver and bacon and blend until everything is incorporated
  3. Add to a large bowl with ground beef
  4. Mix well with hands
  5. Form into patties
  6. Heat pan to medium heat and add a teaspoon of fat (ghee, bacon grease and lard are my favorites for this)
  7. Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until desired doneness is achieved
  8. Makes 10 burgers


In vibrant health,


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