Pistachio Crusted Burger + Green Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Entree Salads FTW!

I love me some entree salads. The perfect vessel for lots of good nutrition, a plethora of textures and flavors, and they’re the perfect meal to go BIG on! These pistachio crusted burgers are actually inspired by a recipe I developed for PRE Brands, African Suya. These awesome peanut crusted sirloin kebabs. Since peanuts aren’t technically paleo I had purchased the bag of shelled pistachio’s to make myself a paleo-fied version of them…. alas… we used up all the sirloin and it didn’t happen. But the idea of pistachio crusted SOMETHING was going down. I was determined.

I love how this turned out and I hope you do too! The burgers are super easy to make head of time for meal prep, you can even double the recipe!

Here is another awesome entree salad from the blog: Turmeric Chicken with Zoodles & Kale. Super beautiful dish also featuring Primal Kitchen Dressing.

GREAT store bought dressings are one way I simplify dinner time. Although I’m not opposed to making my own, see recipes here. 

Yields 4 large salads

Pistachio Crusted Burger + Green Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1lb 92% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted salted pistachios
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can pitted green olives
  • 2 avocado
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 8 cups arugula (or other greens)
  • 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Ranch
  • 1/4 cup pesto or chimichurri or minced herbs in olive oil


  • In a blender or food processor, pulse pistachios until pulverized into gravel and crumb sized pieces. Scoop out on to a flat plate.
  • In a bowl mix together the ground beef, lemon, salt, pepper and egg.
  • Shape 4 patties. Gently press the patties into the pistachio mix all over, set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Heat a large skillet stove top.
  • Add in a little oil. When hot place the crusted patties on the hot skillet.
  • Sear for two minutes a side then transfer to a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 8 minutes.
  • In the meantime, assemble your salad bowls with greens, arugula, olives and sliced avocado.
  • Mix together your ranch-herb dressing mix.
  • Serve a patty over each salad and drizzle with sauce. Done!

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19 Thoughts to “Pistachio Crusted Burger + Green Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)”

  1. I just texted my husband to grab me some pistachios on the way home from work because I NEED to make this! Yum!
  2. Pistachio crusted?!!! Oh my goodness, what a fabulous idea! I bet this is so delicious!
  3. This is the dream lunch. Seriously. YUM. And I am soooo obsessed with that ranch right now!
  4. So I've had nut crusted pork and nut crusted chicken, but never a nut crusted burger and now I am intrigued because it sounds like such a good idea! Doesn't look hard to do either, esp since I don't need to grill them. Still avoiding the grill here since it gets cold at night :-)
  5. This sounds so yummy. I never thought of putting a pistachio crust on a burger before. Love it :)
  6. I love burgers ! Have to try pistachio flavor very soon. They look so YUM !!
  7. What a creative idea and it looks amazing! This is definitely not a boring salad!
  8. Amy
    I've been nut crusting everything, but haven't done burgers yet! What a brilliant idea!!
  9. Such great photos, this looks so appetising and I love the idea of pistachios as a crust on the burgers.
  10. I'm always wanting to do rad things with my burgers...but never know what....thanks for the inspiration..
  11. Wow.. this looks an absolutely perfect burger for Spring...great job!
  12. Taesha Butler (The Natural Nurturer)
    My husband loves pistachios and I've never thought to crust a burger (or anything else) with them! A really fun meal to add into our life to jazz up dinner at home!
    1. My husband does too! When I brought home the bag of shelled pistachios he was like, hey! that's cheating lol
  13. I love anything with pistachios, but I've never in a million years thought to do a crust on burger with them! I love how over the top awesome this is, plus I'm also a fan of 'go big' dinner salads!
  14. You had me at pistachio crusted! This is one hell of a sexy burger!
  15. Greens everywhere! I love this idea - pistachios are my weakness!!
  16. Drooling over this! I LOVE pistachios, and that avo and salad are so gorgeous!

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