Ground Beef & Plantain Patties

This is probably the strangest thing that I’ve ever eaten.

Strange in a good way, though. In a very good way.

I mean, from a strictly visual perspective, this looks just like a meat patty, right? Right! But when you actually bring it to your mouth and bite into it, it almost tastes like a pancake. For realz.

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To be honest, I wasn’t convinced at first when I decided to experiment with these, just like I never am convinced when I mix plantains with ground beef. Something in the back of my mind keeps thinking that there’s something seriously wrong about that combination, that it just can’t possibly work.

BUT, once again, my mind was blown and proven wrong with the very first bite. Plantains and beef actually pair celestially well!

Their coupling in these beef patties resulted in such a sweet, light and exotic flavor, it suddenly makes beef a very interesting food choice for breakfast. Served alongside a couple of scrambled eggs and some creamy diced avocado, they make for a real winning start to your day!

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To make the meat mixture real light and airy, I decided to get a little help from my stand mixer.  All the ingredients went right into that bowl, which I then equipped with the paddle attachment.

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This got mixed on medium speed for 1 or 2 minutes until all the ingredients were very well incorporated and the mixture got kinda “fluffy”.

I suppose you could also do this by hand but your meat mixture wouldn’t be quite as smooth.

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I then heated a generous amount of coconut oil in a skillet that I had set over medium heat. When that pan got hot enough, I scooped about ¼ cup of the mixture right into the pan. I like to use my handy ice cream scoop to do that, but you could also use a measuring cup, or even play it by ear, if you wanted to…

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The patties then need to be pressed down and shaped into a nice circular disc. A spoon or fork works real well for this.

You could probably also shape the patties with your hands before adding them to the hot skillet, but since the mixture is rather soft, I think it’s much easier, and plausibly a lot less messy, to do it this way.

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The patties need to cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, until they get nice and crispy and golden brown. Of course, you’re gonna have to work in several batches, so keep the cooked ones in a warm oven while you work on the others.

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I chose to enjoy these exotic beef patties with a generous dollop of full fat coconut milk. It might sound strange, but trust me, it works.

The contrast between the cold, creamy coconut milk and the warm, crisp and sweet patties is extremely interesting indeed, while the flavors complement each other perfectly well.

I can tell you one thing: next time I whip these up, I’ll be making a double batch! 

Ground Beef & Plantain Patties

Yield: Yields 15 patties

NF based on 1 of 15 patties

Ground Beef & Plantain Patties


  • 454g (1lb) grassfed ground beef
  • 2 large very ripe plantains
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 dried birds eye chili, crushed (or 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes)
  • 12-15 Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer add all the ingredients and mix with the paddle attachment for 1 or 2 minutes until very well incorporated and slightly "fluffy".
  2. Heat a generous amount of coconut oil in a skillet set over medium heat. When pan is hot enough, scoop about ¼ cup of the mixture directly into the pan and press down with a spoon or fork to flatten and shape the meat into a disc. You could also shape the patties with your hands before adding them to the pan, but since the mixture is rather soft, I think it's easier to do it this way.
  3. Cook the patties 3 or 4 at a time, for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, until they get nice and crispy and golden brown. Keep the cooked patties in a warm oven while you work on the rest of them.
  4. Serve with a generous dollop of full fat coconut milk if desired (I strongly recommend it!)

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  1. says

    What a great combination of ingredients and I’m humming at the thought of the warming Indian spices here… my brother and I used to make beef patties before going to school in the morning when we were kids 😉 (I still remember my brother needing to use a step-stool to reach the stove), our fave add on was Worcestershire sauce — we would drench the suckers in it(yup, at 6 am, good country living ;O). I never tire of the possibilities and am all in favour of protein rich healthful meals like this. Love the use of the ice cream scoop!! How clever are you.

    • says

      You used to eat ground beef for breakfast as a kid??? Really? OMG, I can’t believe it! Most adults I know are very reluctant to the idea. I wonder why that is… it’s very common and acceptable to have ham, sausage or bacon for breakfast, but ground beef? God forbid! Strange… I think your mom deserves an award for this! 😀

  2. Ali says

    Do you think plain old bananas would work instead of the plantain?
    Another fabulous sounding recipe :) Can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      I’m not sure, Ali, but I wouldn’t see why not. For one, the flavor would be slightly different, but not THAT much, and the texture would probably be a bit looser / softer still. I think it would still be a winning combination! :)

      Please, do let me know if you end up giving this a go, I’d love to know how they turned out! And thanks a bunch for your kind words! You totally rock! 😀

      • Ali says

        I made these tonight with the banana substitution for plantain and I also used almonds instead of brazil nuts. I moved to Germany for love a couple of months ago and apparently brazil nuts are not so common here (amongst many other things from back home … sigh). When I was making them up my boyfriend looked very skeptical but as you said and I trusted they turned out GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        THANK YOU SONIA for another amazing recipe to ad to the favorites list!

        • says

          AWESOME! That is music to my ears, Ali. So glad to hear that you and your boyfriend liked these! I totally understand you guys having been skeptical at first, trust me, I was too. But they really are crazy amazing, aren’t they? And thank you so much for letting me know that bananas will work too! I think I’ll have to give them a try and taste for myself.

          Again, thanks for the great feedback, Ali. You have no idea just how much I appreciate that. You totally rock!!! 😀

  3. Haidee says

    Thank you…..I have been cooking your dishes since I accidentally discovered your page I love it everything is very filling, stops me eating sugar and fat and it tastes great. My wallaby is loving the tit bits of sweet potato from brownies so all happy in the land of oz with kindness haidee

  4. Vanessa says

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!

    I followed this recipe exactly and the finished product was amazing! What a surprise to mix cinnamon, plantains and beef!! My husband and I both enjoy the patty with a dollop of our home made mayo on top. So so so good. I froze the left overs and he takes them in his lunch. Will surely be making these again. And again. And AGAIN!

  5. Shelley says

    Hello…and thank you very much for your delicious recipes! I very much want to make this one, but I don’t have a stand mixer. Do you think this could be made using either a hand mixer or a food processor?

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