Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potatoes

In case you missed it, team USA plays France in the Women’s World Cup today at 3:00pm. For many, this game is really a pre-final, final. These are the two best teams in the world by a bit of a margin, with Germany the only close one. With that in mind, let’s get all sorts of patriotic with a recipe for a quintessentially American dish: the hamburger. Just jazzed up and made into a healthier version, the turkey burger. With a twist.

Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potatoes

Yes, normally a hamburger is not the healthiest choice. That’s because we far too often make them with very fatty ground beef, slather them in mayonnaise and cheese, and then choose a simple-carbohydrate bun which isn’t doing us any favors from a health standpoint.

These are different. These are turkey and sweet potato hamburgers. Yep, you heard that right. Turkey and sweet potatoes in the burger form. Topped with some sharp cheddar and on a whole wheat bun, you’ll get a good balance of natural fats, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates.

Turkey Burger ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup Shredded Sweet Potato (flesh only, no skin)
  • 1 T Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 T Granulated Garlic
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 T Ground Mustard
  • 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Whole Wheat Buns
  • 4 slices Red Tomato
  • 4 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
  • Mustard, Ketchup, Barbecue Sauce, and other toppings as desired

Turkey Burger Steps:

  1. First, heat up a grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, sweet potatoes, and all the spices until well-combined. Divide into four equal patties.
  3. Grill the turkey burgers over medium high heat until the internal temperature reaches approximately 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This will vary based on the size and thickness of your burgers, and also the exact heat of your grill. Estimate four minutes per side, and work from there. In the last minute of cooking, top each burger with cheese (if you want the cheese) and allow it to melt over the burger.
  4. Once the turkey burgers are done, remove from the grill and allow to rest for five minutes.
  5. While they are resting, grill the buns, cut side down, until they develop a little char, about one to two minutes.
  6. Assemble each burger with your desired toppings and enjoy! Pro tip: if you love Thanksgiving sandwiches with cranberry sauce, a little cranberry sauce on this burger is outstanding.

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