Savta’s Mini Burgers

Serves 4

I grew up eating my grandma’s famous mini hamburgers, an absolute favorite in my family. This keto-friendly version has fewer onions and added cheese.

Gluten free, corn free, soy free


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • ¼ cup ground pecans
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, divided into ½-ounce portions


Place ground beef in large bowl, and add the egg, paprika, salt, pepper and diced onion. Mix together.

Add the pecans and mix again.

Separate the meat into 8 even portions, about 2 ounces each. Form patties with each portion of meat, adding ½ ounce of cheese inside each one.

Heat a pan to medium-high heat and spray well. Place the mini burgers in the pan and cook each side for 4 minutes, until they are golden brown.

Nutrition Analysis: 330 cal, 20 g fat, 135 mg chol, 1430 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 33 g protein

Laura Hahn Carroll, author of the cookbook Around the Word One Gluten-Free Meal at a Time, is a regular contributor to Gluten-Free Living. She also blogs about gluten-free food at

Photo by Angela Sackett.