At first glance, this burger appears sweet, wholesome and nurturing… Get close enough to bite, however, and it\’ll deliver a kick that\’ll getcha right in the meatballs.
1.) Preheat oven to 450F. Stuff each pitted date half with a pinch of slivered almonds, also pinching the outer edges of the dates to seal. Stuff each jalepeno half with the date/almond pieces, one date/almond piece per jalepeno half.
2.) Wrap each jalepeno/date/almond piece with half a strip of bacon, and place all four bacon/jalepeno/date/almond pieces on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through.
3.) While the bacon/jalepeno/date/almond pieces are baking, mix ground beef, egg, almond meal, salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl with your hands until well-combined. Separate beef mixture into 4 equal balls (¼ lb each). Set aside.
4.) When bacon/jalepeno/date/almond pieces are finished baking, set aside and retrieve the beef mixture balls. With each beef mixture ball, press the center down and flatten the sides, creating a bowl. Place one bacon/jalepeno/date/almond piece inside, then seal the edges to create a stuffed ball. Feel free to flatten this a little with the palm of your hand to create more of a classic burger patty shape. Set aside.
5.) In a medium-sized pan, saute the burger patties in coconut oil, making sure to brown all sides. Remove from heat once burger is cooked to your desired \”doneness\”.
6.) Using a small pastry brush, glaze the burger patties with maple syrup. For an even b****ier burger, try lightly dusting the top of the patties with Cayenne pepper. Voila! Serve with fresh greens and a sly wink ;).