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Basil Mango Zoodle Turkey Burgers (Whole30, Paleo!)


Today is the last day of my HOLIDAY WHOLE30! I made it. I still had great time. Christmas was still Christmas without the cookies or wine. We ate well. We felt amazing. I’m bringing in 2017 feeling really fantastic, no crash diets or purging for me (not that I recommend that). Despite being on a Whole30, I will tell you this month has been rough. I  talked about that in my last post. Due to non-food related variables (read: stress) I had my first full blown autoimmune flare up in over a year. I was mildly devastated (ok, I was furious). We will not name the source of my stress, as that person and I have reconciled and moved forward. But in that moment, in those first few days, when I saw my HS rear it’s ugly head…. I yelled, I cried, I got really angry. Then I realized that holding on to that anger would only do me more harm. I took a deep breath. I focused on the positive. I thought about how  this full blown flare was mild compared to my pre-paleo days. I was thankful for my Whole30, I am certain the absence of sugar and alcohol in my diet really helped. I recovered in two days (record time) and just in time for Christmas.

So… all is well. I am well. No more trouble in paradise. Phew!

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!

If you’re planning on doing a Whole30 in the new year… do it with a buddy. My neighbor, best pal and gym partner did her first one…. she doesn’t eat paleo all the time… so it was a big transition for her. Khristen did amazing. She is sticking to her paleo coffee (no more cream and sugar), she loves how she feels and I can tell she’s proud of herself too. We kept eachother accountable. We could also vent and complain to each other. We could share hardships and victories. We also celebrated the holiday together, which was nice. That meant that there were lots of Whole30 options because we both cooked. Buahahaha!

She shared these pics on Facebook Christmas day. I think she got a lot of skepticism from friends and family. Sometimes a little “take that” feels good 😉











The Recipe




















I shared these on my social media outlets during my Whole30. They were sooooo good. If I don’t post them here then the recipe will be lost to the interwebs forever. So…. here you go…. because Basil Mango Zoodle Turkey Burgers are so blog worthy. Amiright?!?!

Basil Mango Zoodle Turkey Burger
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  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp Real Salt garlic salt
  • 1 cup cut Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 cup thin crisp zoodles (salted and dried with liquid squeezed out)
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • 1/4 cup fine group almond meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Epic Pork Lard


  • In large bowl mix the the ground turkey with salt, mango, basil, onion and almond meal.
  • Mix in the zoodles then the egg, until fully and evenly incorporated.
  • Separate the mix into 4 large patties.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Heat the lard in a large skillet on medium heat until hot.
  • Add the burgers to the skillet.
  • Brown for two minutes on each side, then place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Done!

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19 Thoughts to “Basil Mango Zoodle Turkey Burgers (Whole30, Paleo!)”

  1. So fun! What a great idea! I am always looking for ways to get zucchini in since they are so good for the adrenals!
    1. oh! Good to know! Thanks!
  2. What?!!! What a fabulous idea with the zoodles!!! I love this recipe so much, the burgers look awesome!
    1. Thank you dear! They have quickly become a favorite in my house :)
  3. CONGRATS on making it through your holiday Whole30!! The whole time you've been doing it I've been in awe and it's so good to hear you made it. Not too many people would be able to make it through the holidays without sweets, but as you said, Christmas is still Christmas without the sweets. Good for you though! And these burgers look so good! I love anything with mango in it :-)
    1. Thank you!! I think I enjoyed the holidays even more. Might make it a habit!
  4. These turkey burger patties look so good ! It packs with all the ingredients I love. Thanks for sharing this lovely and yummy recipe !
  5. These flavors sound lovely together. Tropical with Thai flavors. I like it!
  6. I'll have to add these to our whole30 meal plan since burgers of any kind are always a hit :) Yummy!
  7. i love that you added zoodles right in the burgers. Genius! They look so delicious and flavorful!
    1. So yum! Zoodles in everything!
  8. Taesha
    Woah! So awesome! I love the addition of zoodles to the burger!
  9. These sound delicious, and I'm super impressed that you did a holiday Whole30! So inspiring!
    1. Hahah Thank you! It ended up being a fantastic experience. I am totally doing it again.
  10. Woah yes! Mango and basil I'm soooo there!

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