Cheap & Easy Burger Lunch

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2 grass-fed beef patties
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 red or yellow onion, chopped
1 TBS bacon grease (saved from Breakfast Fridays!) OR grass-fed butter, ghee, or lard
1 c mushrooms of choice, chopped
2 handfuls organic baby leaf spinach
3 sweet potatoes
Salt and pepper


  1. Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly and place them on a microwave safe dish.  Stick them with a fork a few times and then pop them in the microwave.  Microwave using your potato button, or if you don’t have one, on high for 10 minutes or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat two medium pans on medium-high heat.  In one melt 1 TBS coconut oil, in the other melt 1 TBS bacon grease.
  3. In the pan with the coconut oil place the burgers and sprinkle with salt and pepper (or your favorite spices).  Cook on one side until nicely browned and then flip to the other side until browned and lightly pink in the middle.
  4. While the burgers are cooking put the onions in the other pan, saute, stirring frequently to brown quickly and until softened. Then add the mushrooms, salt again and cover for a few minutes or until mushrooms shrink.  Then toss in the spinach, stir and let wilt. Remove from heat.


$5.61  for 2 grass-fed beef patties
$.75 for 1/2 red onion
$.66 for 1 cup mushrooms (I bought a $1.99 container at Whole Foods recently and can get at least 3 cups out of it)
$1.16 for 2 handfuls organic baby spinach (we just bought a container of baby spinach from Weis, 2/$7 and I can get 6 handfuls out of one container)
$1.00 per sweet potato (this is going to vary based on the size of your sweet potato, so I’m just taking an average here, most of the time it is less)

TOTAL COST =  $9.18
for lunch for 2 adults and a toddler.  That is CHEAPER than two McDonald’s “value” meals!

What do you think?  Sound tastier than a Big N’ Tasty or what?!