4th of July Triple Protein Burgers

I’ve somehow become obsessed with HGTV. Probably because I want to own my own place someday and it’s absolutely frightening. So I watch that channel constantly in hopes of learning more. But why does Denver have to be so expensive? It’s so wonderful here, I refuse to leave. I REFUSE! But man do the buyers say a lot of the same thing, like…”I hope they have another closet for you, hunny. hehehe” or “I just wish the space was more open.” Hearing the same thing every day must get annoying. I guess I get that at the gym. But I really like those people.

Anywho. So I’ve decided something recently. My attitude has sucked. About myself. I don’t like not liking myself. It’s just not very fun. For me or other people. Especially you guys. Who wants to read negative stuff? Not me!! So I’ve made the bold decision to stop being such a downer. So bold. And to love myself a bit more, every day. I’ve just decided that I’m not really going to enjoy life to the fullest if I’m always worrying about how I look. I don’t want to compare myself anymore, I don’t want to pout anymore, I just want to be the happy person that I am.

And the biggest thing I worry about most of the time is my cellulite. If you are a person with cellulite, you understand. It just blows. I’m much better with talking about it versus dealing with it. It’s one of those haunting things. Especially since I work at a gym. I always have felt like I wasn’t a great role model or looked like I worked out hard because of my cellulite. But you know what, my genetics did not swing that way so I will still always deal with that. Even if a bunch of my gym friends don’t deal with that problem (b*tches), I will. And that’s something I need to be ok with. Like while I’m camping and swimming at the lake this week. No non-fun Juli for this trip.

And you may ask, why the hell is Juli talking about cellulite? Well, I read an awesome article yesterday about cellulite. I love when other girls talk about that kind of stuff. It’s just nice to know that I’m not the only person out there who feels that way. I am in my group of friends, but not in the world. Luckily.



4th of July Triple Protein Burgers

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 4 hot dogs (nitrate and filler free- I used Coleman Natural hot dogs)
  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 56 tablespoons leftover homemade mayo
  • head of romaine lettuce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place bacon on a baking sheet and cook bacon for about 15 minutes until just slightly crispy.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little salt and pepper. Then form in 4 patties.
  4. Cut hot dog down the middle to butterfly the hot dog.
  5. Place beef patties on the grill and cook on both sides until you get however you like your meat cooked. I cooked mine for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium rare.
  6. When flip the beef patties, place butterflied hot dogs on the grill and flip after about 2 minutes.
  7. When all meat is done cooking, place a beef patty in a lettuce leaf, top it with mayo, then a hot dog, then bacon, then any other fixings you like. I used onion and avocado on my burger. Then top it with one more piece of lettuce.
  8. Enjoy summer!

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49 thoughts on “4th of July Triple Protein Burgers”

  1. Juli I hear you on being down on your self… It sucks and it does take a lot to snap out and not nit pick EVERYTHING about what you don’t like. I’m almost 39 and waiting for the day to just love my self:) You are a strong person and you can do it.

    This looks amazing. I’m visiting my folks in Washington and know what I’ll be making them for one of our dinners. Have a super fun time camping (one of my fav things to do) and at the lake. Life is meant to be enjoyed.

  2. This recipe might be the most amazing thing I have ever seen. EVER. And the best part…I have all of the ingredient in my fridge. Now I can’t wait to go home after work (and crossfit) and make like 4 of these things for dinner, or 10, whatever. Its so simple an yet so brilliant. You rock keep it up!

  3. “I don’t like not liking myself.”

    100% with you. Working hard every day to stop myself from obsessing so much over my appearance and remember that NO ONE ELSE gives a fuck how I look. (But they DO give a fuck how annoying I am about how I look!) Working hard every day to believe I have value because of WHO I AM.

    I blathered about it here, if anyone else needs help realizing that we’re (almost) all in this same stupid boat: http://sabrinabeans.blogspot.com/2013/06/brain-vomit.html

    Your body comp does not determine your worth, my friends. More inspiration here: http://gokaleo.com/2013/06/24/im-awesome-and-so-are-you/

  4. Juli, thank you so much for sharing this article. I have cried and obsessed about mine for far too long. Although, I don’t like that other females have to deal with cellulite and feel embarrassed about it, it is nice knowing that there are other fit females out there, that no matter what they do struggle with the same thing I do. It doesn’t make me like my cellulite any more or anything, but it does make me feel better when reading this and reading your posts, that for some of us, cellulite is just something we have to deal with. Thank you for always keeping it real with your readers! I love that about you and of course all the great recipes you share with us on here.

  5. Thank you again Juli for the post about learning to love yourself more. I need to be that way too. I am going to a Lake for a long weekend this weekend too and I am trying SO hard not to let my negativity get in the way of my fun!

  6. Yummy they look great! Good for you Juli! Being happy is the best goal to have, no? And who knows you might like the trip… maybe… nature is sooo healing. But I hear ya… 🙂

  7. I feel like people who work out hold themselves to such a ridiculous standard. Most people don’t look like super models, or we would all be modeling… Being at my pool so far this summer has made me start loving my bod a little more. Not saying I am cured and think I’m the bees knees bit I totes feel ya, cellulite is a pesky little bitch.

  8. Juli! Have you ever heard of Bend, Oregon?! It’s really crossfit friendly & a lot like Denver, you get the amazing summers to go boating and stuff with the awesome winters to go snowboarding/whatever floats your boat. It’s a very green, organic healthy city but they’re lacking on the paleo food so I vote you make the big move and start up your own!! 🙂

    1. I gotta second that idea! Im a few hours away from Bend but had the good fortune to have a ladies weekend there recently. I visited OregonCrossfit for a WOD, all the people were super awesome, and it has all the gorgeous scenery and oudoorsy stuff a Denver girl could wish for! I did find a little hole in the wall hippie cafe with lots of gluten free, dairy free goodies, but the place could definately benefit from a little JB!

  9. Can’t wait to read that article! I eat well, workout, and run — a lot! Yet I still have the ever present reminder that I am my mothers daughter. I remember having it being 5’7 and less than 120 in high school! So, I never know if it’s going away but I will forever be hopeful. Very glad to know I’m not alone! You’re beautiful and CrossFit rules! 🙂

  10. Did you just make the Cliff Huxtable famous bacon burger dog? That’s awesome! I think learning to love ourselves is one of the hardest things we do in this life. Kudos to you for working so hard at it.

  11. Holy heck, this looks amazing. I’m really digging the trifecta of meat you’ve got going on there. Must make soon.

    Good for you on your resolution to love yourself more. I think we’re all happy to see you happy.:)

  12. Amen. Life is too short to care about cellulite. I lucked out with minimal cellulite (still some there, but not crazy) – but, kids basically ruined my legs with crazy varicose veins. Can’t do anything about it at all. But, the way I figure it is, I don’t have to look at the back of my legs – other people do. So they can deal with it! Enjoy the lake!

  13. I never got people’s “thing” with cellulite. As a teenager I hated it and wanted to get rid of it, but as an adult I guess I just got over it. 97% of the women I know have it, even if they have an otherwise super fit, lean body. When I was bigger I just wanted to lose weight, and when I did I still had cellulite, but I was just happy to have lost weight.

    Not that I’m immune to body image issues. I’ve definitely had my fair share (not ever being skinny enough, regardless of how small I actually was). Everyone has their own issues. That being sad, you have a KILLER body! Love your abs!

  14. Thanks for sharing that article! Very positive and helpful for this gal, as I also struggle with body image-like cry everyday struggle. So, thanks for setting a good example for me.
    BURGERS!!!!!! YUM!!

  15. The thing that helped me start enjoying my life is the realization that happiness comes from the inside and if we keep thinking it will come from the outside (what we look like, what we wear, what we have) then we will be constantly seeking – and being disappointed. Enjoy what you DO have and be happy with your inner self BTW, I LOVE this site 🙂

  16. you have no idea who you are inspiring, motivating, or encouraging by being honest and transparent. when you posted your “therapy sesh” last week, i was delighted again to see you be real in an arena that does so much to disguise reality.

    you are daring greatly, juli. keep after it!

    when you work out at your gym or walk with your head held high through town or while on vacation, strutting your stuff in your ‘kini, you are setting a standard for yourself and others: life IS, but it isn’t going to control me. yes, cellulite IS, but you’re not staying home from the lake trip–VICTORY!!

    if you do have any reading time while you’re away, consider daring greatly by brene brown. i think you’d resonate deeply with it.

    i love how you are YOU. and you are BEAUTIFUL, girl!

  17. Wooo team cellulite! I’ve heard of some people magically losing their cellulite after adopting paleo, and a year and a half later I’m still waiting for the cellulite vanishing fairy to visit me. Oh well, what’s a girl to do?

    This recipe sounds pretty ballin’ and I need something to bring to the table for the in-laws 4th of July bash. Might just give it a shot!

  18. Hey Juli, I don’t know much about cellulite as a guy, but I empathize as I’m more worrisome about my moobs. ; ) Hopefully your recipes will help remedy that.

    You have totally changed the way I look at food for the better! I never knew such delicious stuff could be made from paleo. My energy has never been higher nor my hunger more satisfied. You’re a culinary genius and so innovative with how simple your recipes are to make.

    When I started following this lifestyle, I was sure all I’d be eating was lettuce and dry turkey day after day. Thank you for keeping fresh ideas on my menu and helping me create the best mind and body from the inside out.

    Have an awesome 4th of July and perk up babe!

  19. I have battled abdominal cellulite my entire life.even at my leanest I could still see it surrounding my otherwise tight abs. Thanks for the inspiration, it helps to know I am not the only one struggling to love myself beyond what I see in the mirror! Love your blog!

  20. As a reader, I am A-OK with you bitching/venting/expressing yourself in your darker times. We all have those moments and I think it just makes you real and humble. Especially when the blog world makes people seem perfect and devoid of body issues and the yucky stuff of life! It just makes me want to keep reading your blog and makes me feel more connected to you as a real person/woman with the same crap we all suffer from. Thank you for showing yourself!!

  21. Very timely for me, thank you! Why should the size of my belly determine my mood at any given moment? I’m fit and eat clean so I’m just going to accept that sometimes I may not have the (elusive) super flat stomach. It’s rare for me to see in the mirror. I think I’m going to stop looking.
    Can’t wait to make the burgers!

  22. My cellulite goes away when I do daily skin brushing. It usually goes away in about a week. I have to be consistent with it though or it will come back….like it has recently.

    Body perception is such a funny thing. It’s kind of deceiving for us to think that we are so important that other people are looking at/thinking about all of our imperfections. Everyone has their own battles they are wrapped up with and it really is just a choice in how happy we are. Negative thinking can become an addiction/familiar feeling which can be hard to shake. Being happy makes life so much better though 🙂

  23. it is so refreshing to have someone come out and say that. and the article you had a link to makes 2 fit and trim people who still have the same issue as i do. i have been working on the loving myself part for a while. it is great to hear other women’s thoughts on it to know that i am not alone.
    thank you thank you thank you!

  24. I absolutely love everything about this post! I struggle with the same thing, and some days it is harder to overcome than others, and one of those times was on monday. But you just have to pick yourself up and tell yourself that you have it, and you work your ass off for the body you have, so be proud of it all. You’re such a great person, and an inspiration. Cellulite isn’t shit. Everyone loves you how you are, so you should too. (Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more easier said than done ;). )

  25. Lara Kingshipp

    Hey Juli,
    I’m fairly new to the world of paleo and consequently, your blog. I find your writing easy to read and entertaining. Your transparency is refreshing. This post (about loving yourself/body more) reminded me of this blog post:
    The author happens to be my (rather fantastic) sister. I think you might enjoy reading her thoughts.
    Here’s to loving ourselves a little bit more everyday,

  26. I just LOVE your blog. I love that you look great, but have REAL struggles just like I do and are not afraid to put it out there. You post the other day about how you struggle with yourself sometimes was like I was writing it (but much better written that if I had done it). BTW I tried a spinning class yesterday because you inspired me! 🙂

  27. Juli, you are so gorgeous you do not need to worry about cellulite or any other thing. Just look at pics of yourself! In the recent “Eatin’ Stuff” post I thought “omg look how great her arms/shoulders are!”.

    Thank you for being such a real person. 😉

  28. Everyone has little problems. I haven’t been happy with myself lately as I have been busy and fallen off my regular routine. I love reading your posts, you are real. Everyday is a new one with new challenges. Don’t get down on yourself, you help others a lot. One thing I would hate to see change is that awesome smile of yours, it’s contagious.

  29. ugh.. this post hit home! a couple months ago, some pics of me at a xfit competition were posted on FB for everyone in the world to see (at least that’s what i thought in my head) and I CRIED bc it looked like i had cellulite on the back of my legs ( and i guess i do haha)!!! to top it all off, i balled my eyes out at a work christmas party a couple days later bc my boyfriend agreed that it looked like i had cellulite. i could literally not control my emotions that night. thanks for linking up to that article.. i’m going to read it and try to be more optimistic about my awesome celli! have fun on your trip

  30. This tasted like freedom.

    Spicy mustard, ranch mayo, and dill relish were my condiments of choice.

  31. I’m catching up on your posts today, and I know this one is older, but I had to comment. I am so glad you posted about this, and gave the link to that article.

    I wore a bikini for the first time in 23 years (was 16 last time) Saturday after reading another great article that basically said: You don’t have to be perfect. No one cares. Really. You THINK people are looking & judging, but people are mostly thinking of themselves, and their OWN insecurities. So I wore the two piece. I have scant cellulite on my legs, but my real issue is stretch marks from having kids. But, no one fainted dead away at the sight of them, or ran screaming from the pool, so it’s all good.

  32. This may have been said as well, but I’ll say it again…I tell my 21 year old girl twins this all the time, “when you get older, 29,39,49 etc, don’t look back and say, “I wasted all that time worrying about how I looked or what people thought, I can’t get that time back!” Live life to the fullest and when you look back, I want you to say, “Man that was a blast when we did this and this and this and this!” Don’t waste one moment. I’m 43, I just joined Crossfit, I have never been as good as shape as I am right now, I know I’ll be doing more in the next 20 years as I did in my last. Take pictures and have fun! No one is going to say, “remember that time you had cellulite on your leg?” NO ONE!

  33. I had read that article too 🙂 very good stuff. And honestly, it’s very strange that NONE of your friends have that issue! Are you sure they aren’t aliens…?

  34. I don’t know you, obviously, but I have mad respect for you doing what you do here. I just started Paleo 2 months ago, and yours is the only site I regularly use recipes from. And though that’s what most of us internet people know you for, it’s not the only thing that makes you unique and special; there are thousands of things and I am positive about it. Cellulite doesn’t negate those things or make them not great.
    I am also a woman with cellulite, also a woman who buys medium bikini tops and large bottoms. But that is me. and being confident in is by far a greater asset than anything physical, you know? (Though I’m sure some would say my butt is a huge ASSet…get it??)
    anyway. just wanted to encourage you. go you!
    and can’t wait to try this sweet recipe 🙂

  35. Today I googled paleo recipes beef, and came across this blog – i am already in love with you and your cellulite and i imagine this dinner when i make it! are you even allowed to eat this much meat at once!!

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