Monday, February 22, 2016

Culinary Pursuits: Jalapeño Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

I spend a good deal of my free time thinking of ways to incorporate as many of my favorite foods as possible into one dish. Enter my jalapeño sweet potato turkey burgers. My new faves. Full disclosure: the first time I made these burgers I made a rookie mistake. I didn't cook the sweet potatoes before making the patties. The problem was that since ground turkey cooks much faster in the oven than sweet potatoes, the sweet potatoes weren't fully cooked once the burgers were done. The burgers still came out okay just not as amazing as I knew they could be. The second time I fully cooked the sweet potato and let them come to room temp before mixing them in the patties. This time they came out perfectly. I mean super delicious and juicy! You can opt to make them as meat balls too by dividing them up into smaller sizes and making them more round.

Ingredients:
For the patties:
1 1/4 lbs. of Lean ground turkey (I used 97% lean)
2 1/2 cups of diced sweet potatoes
1/2 cup of diced yellow onions (white onions would be fine also)
1 tbsp of ground jalapeño (can be found at Walmart)
1 tsp of curry powder
1/2 tsp of chili powder
1/2 tsp of sea salt + extra for the sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1/4 tsp of Tony Chachere's creole Seasoning

For the wrap:
Romaine heart
Ketchup (I used sriracha)
Hot sauce (optional)
Goat cheese (optional)










Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray some non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Peel the skin off of your sweet potato and dice it into one inch cubes.
  3. Lay the cubes flat on a cooking sheet and spray them with non-stick spray. Sprinkle some sea salt on the top. 
  4. Cook your sweet potatoes until soft (30-40 minutes depending on your oven and how small you dice your sweet potato. If you dice it more finely they'll cook faster)
  5. Once your sweet potato is done cooking. Take them out and let them sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Dice a medium sized yellow onion and measure out a healthy 1/2 cup serving.
  7. In a large bowl, take your ground turkey and add in the spices.
  8. Next, add the onions and the sweet potato cubes and mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  9. Divide the ground turkey mix into five patties.
  10. Lay down wax paper or aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray and then place your patties down.
  11. Switch the oven from 350 degrees to a low broil. 
  12. Broil the patties on low for 15 minutes.
  13. Check to make sure the patties are cooked all the way through. You can use a thermometer or take a table knife and cut in the center. If they are not fully cooked, give it 2-3 minutes and check again (you don't want to let them overcook because they won't be as juicy).
  14. Let your patty cool for a few minutes before placing it on the lettuce bib.
  15. Top with ketchup, goat cheese, and hot sauce.
  16. Enjoy!

I highly recommend this spice combo. The spices all came together beautifully. 

Sidenote: I guess instead of Meatless Monday I should call it Meaty Monday. Or insanely delicious turkey burger Monday. But I don't know if that will catch on. Here's to a great week!

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