If I had one wish for this holiday season, it would be that everyone goes bun-less and adopts my incredible sweet potato buns instead. Not joking! The flavor is incredible and they’re so much healthier for you than buns, which are just empty carbs. The turkey burger itself has all the flavors of Thanksgiving: cranberries, sage, rosemary and onion, along with the sweetness of the antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes. I suggest rounding out the meal with my maple-balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts. Yep- you CAN have your fall favorites all year long, so save this recipe and pull it out whenever you’re feeling nostalgic for cozy family favorites.
My kids liked these so much, they asked for the extras packed for lunch the next day for school. Boom...just saved you even more time:)
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Yield : 8 sliders (serves 4)
- 2 very large sweet potatoes
- 1 pound ground turkey - (not fat-free)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup chopped kale
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped - I bought apple juice sweetened ones which had no sugar added
- 2 tablespoons orange juice - (just buy one tiny orange)
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped sage - (or 1 TBS chopped rosemary)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. The largest rounds will become your buns. The remaining can be sweet potato fries.
- Spray a nonstick silicone baking sheet or parchment paper with cooking spray. Lay potatoes down and sprinkle with a little salt.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until tender, on an upper rack. There's really no need to flip them unless you want to.
- In a large bowl, add turkey meat through salt and pepper.
- Get in there with your hands and massage it like you mean it.
- Form 8 slider-sized patties.
- Grill the sliders on your outdoor BBQ for 4-5 minutes per side, or heat some coconut oil in a pan and brown them on both sides (about 3 minutes per side) until they're cooked through.
- Place a patty between two sweet potato rounds and eat it like a burger. I dipped mine in a little Dijon mustard. My husband used a Paleo apricot BBQ sauce, and my kids thought they were flavorful enough without any condiments.