Watercress anchovy burgers (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

watercress portobello burger

Watresscress anchovy burger on a portobello with avocado & a green salad

Watercress always seems more romantic than practical.

You’d have some in a wicker hamper at the bottom of a punt on a summer afternoon.

With some anthropomorphized wildlife for company. Toad of Toad Hall. Squirrel Nutkin. And the White Rabbit.

Eventually you’d bump up against shore in an indolent way and have a picnic. Of watercress-inspired things.

Your companions would be querulous & strange. But somehow there’d be tea.

Illustration by Michael Hague

Illustration by Michael Hague

You’d always remember it after. The memory would be vague and dreamy, but important…

Turns out, in real life, watercress can be as poetic or prosaic as you need it to be.

You could have it for your workaday breakfast. I did today.

But I’m also planning a quixotic watercress-inspired picnic sometime soon.

Watercress Anchovy Burger (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleowatercress portobello burger 2

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bunch watercress, chopped, including the stems
  • 6 anchovy fillets (packed in olive oil), chopped
  • 6 green olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon sea vegetable flakes

Mix all ingredients with your hands and divide in four. Form a patty from each quarter. Add a bit of coconut oil, lard or tallow to start and fry burgers in a moderately hot pan until well browned on both sides & thoroughly cooked inside.

Eat hot or cold. Poetic or prosaic.

But plan a picnic, for sure.

If you can’t find watercress, use cilantro for Thai-inspired burgers or flat-leaf parsley for Italian ones. But adjust your picnic expectations accordingly.


4 thoughts on “Watercress anchovy burgers (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

  1. Hello Petra, Sorry, but i’m so confused about the amounts in Wahls Paleo Plus. I live n the metric system, so how many grams is a cup? Also you say you eat boutique style (small portions) and I keep reading its hard to get used to all the veggies you have to eat??? Your WPP + AIP is also my way because I have so many allergies and auto immune diseases. Started Paleo 6 months ago and have wonderful success already! Kind regards, Sylvia Knoop – Rohder

    Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.


    Roman poet Ovid (born March 20, 43 BC), author of the Metamorphoses, is credited with coining the phrase, “the ends justify the means,” though he may have been interpreting a line from Sophocles.


    • Hi Sylvia, in Canada we also have the metric system, but no one has switched from cups & teaspoons to milliliters & we were never into weight measures here, though I know weight measures are most common in the rest of the world. Though I’m all for regional diversity when it comes to food & social patterns, I think it’s past time we had a standardized way of sharing recipes with each other across the planet! Until then, we’ll just have to rely on conversion sites online. As for the veggies, it really depends what you have been accustomed to. 6-9 cups of vegetables was actually less than I expected, as I hadn’t been accustomed to measuring them before I started. Then there’s the question of whether to measure them cooked or uncooked. I tend to estimate based on the cooked volume.

  2. Ha! Loved the intro… I’m already a fan of watercress. Especially with chicken. Will have to try it in your burgers.

    And, tried your scrummy anchovy + wilted greens number. DIVINE! LM has decided AIP isn’t for him (he misses coffee too much). I’m staying the course. X

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