Sweet Potato Bun Turkey Burgers

You may have heard of these…Paleo, Gluten Free, and Whole 30. Three eating lifestyles that aren’t really new…I would just call them rediscovered. Why? Because each of these somewhere along human history have been practiced just because that was how things were. Some eat gluten free just because. I know for many, it’s a must due to the obvious effect of gluten on their system.  So whether you are Paleo, Gluten Free or on the Whole30 program, they all have one thing in common. They tend to focus on eating whole foods. You know, those foods without labels, conscientiously avoiding the ones that you have to pronounce slowly because they have more syllables than supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
This is a simple burger recipe that will help you get your body on track. Nothing to complicated. All whole foods. Nothing to spike your blood sugar. And it’s easy on the wallet and on the eyes.
It’s pretty darn good for a bun-less burger.

Here’s how we get our burger on.
I love burgers. I know I’ve said that before. But it’s worth the repeat.
Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. Then cut up a big ‘ol sweet potato into 1/4 in thick slices. These may be a bit thicker than that. I’m not a carpenter so I didn’t even measure.

 

Next put a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Brush each potato slice with a little coconut oil and sprinkle salt and cracked pepper over these little guys.
Bake for 12 minutes then…

Flip them over and bake another 12 minutes.
Mix up the burger while all of this craziness is going on.
1 lb ground turkey (I prefer 93% lean 7% fat)
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 baby bell pepper, any color (I used yellow)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

All the mix ins.

Add the turkey and mix it all up.

Form into six patties and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
We are baking these. Because I was lazy and didn’t want to dirty a skillet. You can do it either way.
Your potatoes should be done. So take them out. Reduce your oven to 400 degrees. The potatoes need to cool off so that they will stay together. Plus, I heard John Tesh say on the radio once that potatoes which are room temperature actually burn more body fat because of the resistant starch. He got it from Prevention magazine…so we will run with this information.
Put the burgers in the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
Turn your broiler to high. Broil for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip the burgers and broil for 2-3 minutes on the second side. They should get a little color.

Now put it all together. A little spring mix on the bottom bun (sweet potato slice), add the burger and top with another sweet potato slice!

And there’s your sweet potato bun turkey burger!
Let’s see if you can pick it up and eat it…

 

Yes you definitely can!
I did have to resort to using a fork at the end. But I usually do that with a traditional burger too. No big deal.
This fits all three of the eating lifestyles that were mentioned. So if you are Paleo, Gluten Free or on the Whole30 program. This works for you!
Enjoy!
Melody
Of course here is the workout for today.