Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites: Think Outside the Lettuce Wrap, Part 1

Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites

When a six-pound box filled with Belgian endive from California Endive arrived on my doorstep — a thoughtful, unexpected thank you for a recent Brit + Co. post I wrote — my first thought was, “that’s a whole lot of endive.” Not to worry, though, there are countless ways to use it!

I’ve created a couple all new, totally delicious recipes for showcasing this versatile veggie. Each takes well to a DIY bar-style setup if you’re hosting a shindig, saving you some time and effort all while getting your guests involved in the fun! First up: Animal- and Protein-style Burger Bites inspired by my go-to order at In-N-Out.

What other creative uses for endive have you come up with? Let’s talk in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!

Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites

Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Makes: About 3 dozen


Grilled onions and mustard-cooked beef:

  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chop
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 2 – 3 tablespoons finely chopped gherkins/cornichon or pickles
  • 1/4 pound cherry tomatoes, thinly slice
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing OR 4 packets In-N-Out spread
  • About 1 pound Belgian endive, separate into leaves

For serving (optional):

  • French fries
  • Ketchup

Ingredients: Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites


Cook onions and beef:

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and lightly browned in spots (about 10 minutes). Remove onion to a heatproof dish and set aside.

Add remaining tablespoon oil to the pan and warm. Crumble in ground beef and cook, chopping into finer pieces, until cooked through. Stir in yellow mustard and black pepper.

Assemble and serve:

Top each endive leaf with a spoonful of beef and a sprinkle of both grilled onion and chopped gherkin. Arrange a single tomato slice and dollop of sauce on top. Serve immediately with fries and ketchup on the side, if desired!

Time for Assembly: Protein- and Animal-style Burger Bites

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    June 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    These guys are hilarious — but I bet they’re also super tasty! You have to love the In N’Out, right? 🙂

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