Primal Rib-Eye Burgers

by Jennifer McDonald
Primal Rib-Eye Burgers

Looking for something fabulous to grill up this weekend? Give your burgers a decadent twist by using ground rib-eye instead of typical ground beef. These Primal Rib-Eye Burgers are too perfect not to try.

Because rib-eye is so delicious on its own, you want to choose your condiments carefully. There’s no point wasting good steak if you’re only going to smother it in ketchup. I went for caramelized onions, balsamic mushrooms, and blue cheese, and they worked deliciously. I also used a homemade Dijon garlic aioli, but I don’t think it added much after eating it, but if you love them, anything Dijon, garlic, or honey will pair nicely with the rib-eye burgers. And, of course, I served it with homemade beef tallow skillet fries (which will be on the blog tomorrow).

Primal Rib-Eye Burgers

Primal Rib-Eye Burgers

Jennifer McDonaldJennifer McDonald
These primal rib-eye burgers are totally mouthwatering. I love how gourmet these were! Look at how easy the recipe is.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 236 kcal


Patty Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ribeye
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Caramelized Onions Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion julienned into very thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Balsamic Mushrooms Ingredients

  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced
  • cup balsamic vinegar


  • Caramelized onions are super easy, but they take a long time to caramelize properly, so you want to start with them. Cut your onion into strips; heat the butter over medium-high heat in a skillet on the stove.
  • Once it’s melted, add your onions, stir into the butter and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 10 minutes, turn down the heat to medium or medium-low. Stir every so often to make sure the onions aren’t burning. It’ll take 30 to 45 minutes more for them to brown. If you don’t have an hour, they’ll still be sweet, if not fully caramelized; the longer you can leave them, the better.
  • After you start your onions, cut the fat off of your rib-eye and cut the rest of the meat into 1- to 2-inch chunks. Put both in a bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes. You don’t want it to freeze, but you want it to harden so that it’s easier to grind.
  • After 20 minutes, take ½ of your rib-eye and fat and grind it in your food processor using pulses. Check it often, scraping down the sides with a spatula. Rib-eye can be chewy if not completely ground, so go a little further than you think you need to. Because you had it in the freezer, it shouldn’t goop together, but you’ll want to make sure it’s thoroughly broken up.
  • Start your mushrooms. Toss your mushrooms and balsamic vinegar in a skillet over medium heat on the stove. Cook until the mushrooms are tender. If the vinegar starts to cook off before the mushrooms are done, you can add some water or put a lid on the skillet to help steam them.
  • You can also add salt, pepper, or garlic to the mushrooms to give them an extra flavor of their own.
  • Time to heat your grill and start making your patties. Mix your ground rib-eye with salt, pepper, and blue cheese. Form into 6 equal balls and then squish into patties.
  • Grill until they’re as done as you like them.
  • To serve: top with onions and mushrooms and an extra dab of blue cheese if you’d like. I had hamburger buns available for my non-Primal guests, but I enjoyed one of these all on its own.


Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 35gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1300mgPotassium: 686mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 7mg
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