"Cheeseburger" Bowls in a scene with a large salad bowl filled with greens. The bowls are topped with sliced avocado, pickle slices and pickled onions.

“Cheeseburger” Bowls (AIP/Paleo)

“Cheeseburger” Bowls (AIP/Paleo) are an allergy-friendly, fun main course that everyone can customize. Add whatever toppings suit you!

Overhead view of "Cheeseburger" Bowls (AIP/Paleo) topped with pickle slices, avocado slices and pickled red onions.
“Cheeseburger” Bowls (AIP/Paleo) are fun for everyone to customize!

A question I often get is, “How do I make AIP meals work for my family?” Let me tell you, my family and I have been down this road. (See The Great Sweet Potato Mutiny of 2017.) Things came to a head when my husband expressed in a not-so-patient tone that the family never asked to go on some crazy can’t-eat-anything diet.

Ahem. Fair point.

One thing that has been successful for us is to have meals that are as customizable as possible. This recipe is an example of this. You start with a bowl of your favorite greens (bag salad is perfectly acceptable), add some “cheesy” ground beef, then go to town with the toppings!

Closeup of "Cheeseburger" Bowls (AIP/Paleo) showing the toppings
Top these with whatever suits you!

Topping ideas

Non-AIPers can add tomatoes, jalapeños, ketchup, mustard, and all manner of off-limits (for us) foods.

For those in the elimination phase of AIP, try sautéed mushrooms, sliced avocado, pickled onions, and AIP-friendly pickle slices. (I have a recipe for Refrigerator Pickles right here.)

But what about the “cheeseburger” part?

So glad you asked! Basically, you just brown the hamburger, then make a cheese sauce, using coconut milk, chicken or beef broth, white sweet potatoes, large flake nutritional yeast and seasonings. You’ll need either an immersion blender, or a workhorse blender like mine to purée the sauce.

I hope you and your family have fun with this recipe. As always, I am wishing you great love and deep healing!



“Cheeseburger” Bowls (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: MainCuisine: AIP, Paleo, AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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“Cheeseburger” Bowls (AIP/Paleo) are an allergy-friendly, fun main course that everyone can customize. Add whatever toppings suit you!



  • Brown hamburger in a skillet over medium high heat, breaking up the meat with a utensil. When meat is fully cooked, drain, and place in a large bowl. Meanwhile… 👇🏼
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add sweet potatoes and onions. Stir to combine. Cover. Sweat the vegetables, stirring occasionally until potatoes are very soft. Add broth, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, vinegar, salt and turmeric. Stir. Using an immersion blender, or a workhorse blender like mine, blend until smooth. Place arrowroot and water in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously. Add to the saucepan. Stir until thickened.
  • Scoop out about a cup of the “cheese” sauce, and stir it into the hamburger. Serve the rest of the sauce at table.
  • Here’s the fun part: have everyone build their own bowl at the table. Place your favorite greens in a bowl. Add “cheesy” hamburger. Top with whatever you like!

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