I LOVE making these turkey burgers! They are so juicy & tender, and once I finally got my recipe down I realized I never needed to eat a beef burger again (well, I have eaten a beef burger since, maybe once or twice 😉 ). And the sweet potato fries – YUUMM! They’re baked so why not have a few extra?
When I was living in Austin, TX I had my fair share of turkey burgers, which is what inspired me to create my own recipe. Being in a small town now has really got me thinking about ways of bringing the flavors I loved from Austin to my kitchen in Kansas. My boyfriend (Kyle) is my gauge … I can tell when he really loves something when he makes “yummy” sounds and goes back for seconds, so I think my experiment has been working out!
Side note: the pickles on my burger are homemade by my Aunt Jan. She’s a master at making homemade canned goods.
These turkey burgers & sweet potato fries are so easy to make, and full of healthy spices & veggies. I know the price for organic turkey is a bit high, but you really can taste the difference. Knowing the meat is coming from a good source, to me, gives these burgers that boost of extra good energy.
This combo of ingredients is packed full of good for you vitamins! The sweet potatoes alone are an excellent source of beta-carotene. You will feel balanced and full of energy after this meal.
Some tips: I use may hands when mixing the turkey with the spices and veggies. I find using my hands allow all of the ingredients to be well combined.
While the patties are on the skillet my first impulse is to press them down with the spatula after I have flipped them over, but when doing so all of the juices are squeezed out. We don’t want a dry burger! Try not to press burgers down just let them be. (I need to take my own advice here.)
For the sweet potatoes I like to keep the skin on, but you can peel it off if you wish. I also cut them pretty thin so they will cook quicker, you can cut them thicker if you like meatier fries.
Now let’s make some Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries!
Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries Makes: 4 turkey patties Prep time: 10mins Total time: 25mins
This meal is quick and easy to make, and all of the ingredients are readily available.
- 1 lb ground turkey*
- 1/4 cup diced baby portobello mushrooms* (you can use your favorite mushrooms)
- 1/3 cup diced baby spinach*
- 1 tbs fresh basil chopped*
- 1 tsp paprika*
- 1 tsp italian seasoning*
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbs grated parmesan cheese*
- 2 tbs olive oil
Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes*
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tbs italian seasoning*
- 2 – 3 tsp grated parmesan cheese*
- drizzle with olive oil
Sweet Potato Fries
- Preheat oven 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice sweet potatoes, and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Set aside while oven preheats.
- Bake for 5 minutes, stir and bake an additional 10 – 12 minutes until potatoes are soft.
- In a medium bowl whisk mushrooms, spinach, basil, paprika, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and 1 tbs of olive oil until combined.
- Place ground turkey into the mixture. With hands combine all ingredients until turkey is smooth and everything is well incorporated.
- Divide turkey mixture evenly into 4 balls. Press the balls into patties.
- Heat remaining tbs of olive oil in a skillet on med-high heat.
- Place patties in hot skillet. Once the patty starts to brown, flip (about 5 minutes).
- Once the patty has cooked through remove from heat, and prepare your burgers. Careful not to overcook the burgers.
- I top mine with lettuce*, tomatoes*, pickles, avocado*, cheese*, mayo*, and ketchup* on a wheat bun.
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