Good morning! I hope your week is off to a great start!!
Just popping in today to share one of my newest recipe obsessions. Imagine a tender, juicy burger, full of Vitamin A and antioxidants, and poppin’ with fiber. It doesn’t sound like your average burger, does it? I’m linking up with Annmarie, Farrah, Esther, + Jess today!
Because it’s not your average burger.
Let me tell you about my love for burgers. I’m a burger gal. Growing up, I can remember going to the same sports Bar (Dave’s Bar and Grille, for those of you wondering) after little league games and ordering the cheeseburger every time. I just love the combination of juicy meat and melted cheese. Invite me to a cookout and I’ll choose the burger over the hot dog every time.
Now that I’ve entered the nutrition world and expanded my knowledge about food and the health benefits, I don’t eat beef burgers as much, but I still love the idea of a burger. Luckily in the food blogging world, the ideas are endless and I’m inspired by a new combination daily. My go to burgers now are black bean burgers, turkey burgers, salmon burgers, or mini tuna burgers.
I’m somewhat flabergasted that I haven’t shared a turkey burger recipe on the blog yet, considering I make them all the time in this house. Ed is nodding his head in agreement…
You may be surprised to learn that sweet potatoes mesh really well into anything. If you can’t tell by my recipe page, I love these suckers and can pretty much find a way to incorporate them into everything.
So, to make these, you’ll want to first cook your sweet potato. I actually prefer the microwave method for cooking the sweet potatoes because it makes the flesh and skin nice and soft, which you want for these patties. Normally, when I’m eating sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries, I prefer crisp skin and slightly blackened fries, but not for these guys. Just trust me.
Once you have your cooked sweet potato, mash it on in with the ground turkey and spices, spreading that flavor and texture all around. Then, you’ll cook them for about 4-5 minutes on each side, and before you know it, dinner will be served.
Now, let’s talk toppings. Toppings can really transform a burger from average to unbelievable, or it could work the other way and overpower the burger taste and flavor. I’m sure you have your own preferences and likes for toppings as well – that’s half the fun of making and eating a burger, isn’t it?!
I pretty much always want sauteed onions and roasted peppers because they just impart so much flavor, their texture is perfect and bonus, they give extra nutrients!
Since I still had cilantro left over from this recipe, I decided why not add it to the burgers? It’s difficult to describe the flavor of cilantro (Fresh, minty?), but you’ll know it’s there when you taste it. And I always 110% suggest adding avocado for the taste and those healthy fats.
How to make it
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 lb ground turkey
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- Dash of sea salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Toppings: Avocado, Cilantro, Sautéed onions and peppers...whatever your heart desires!
- Cook sweet potatoes (I microwaved mine for about 6 minutes).
- Mix the mashed sweet potatoes and ground turkey together with the garlic powder, italian seasoning, ginger, salt and pepper
- Form into 4-5 large patties
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked all the way through
- Top with cilantro, avocado and sautéed onions/peppers
And since buns and toast are always welcome, I saved one for lunch the next day, and it was just as delicious!
What are your “must have” burger toppings? Do you go all out or keep it simple?