Turkey Burger with Homemade sweet potato fries
Alright, time for a personal favorite of mine...turkey burger with sweet potato fries! Whenever I am cutting fat or getting ready for a sporting event, the more intense I get with my training, the more intense my cravings get. I've found that something like a turkey burger and sweet potato fries are a great way to give your body some of what it's craving, while maintaining on track for your fitness goals.
Ground turkey has less fat, is still very flavorful (not as good as beef I know) but gives you clean energy that you can feel good about. It's relatively simple, but even so give yourself some time and enjoy the cooking process.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 medium sweet potato (12 oz.), peeled
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 8 (or 10 if you're hungry) oz. lean ground turkey
- ¼ cup shredded fat-free Cheddar cheese (Kraft is the best)
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (liquid SMOKE!)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 slices sweet onion, such as Vidalia
- 2 thick slices tomato
- ½ avocado
- 4-6 large, soft lettuce leaves, such as green leaf or butterhead
To prepare fries: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Slice sweet potato into 1/4-inch-thick pieces (like normal fries). Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil (Preferably avocado oil), and toss to coat. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. salt (and paprika if you like heat). Bake, flipping halfway through, until tender and crisp-edged, 20 to 25 minutes.
On to the burgers: Using your hands, mix turkey, Fat-Free Cheddar, Worcestershire, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl. Shape into two 4-inch patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
Brush oil over a medium nonstick or cast-iron skillet or grill; set it over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the patties and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Cover the pan (or lid) and continue to cook until the patties are lightly browned but still juicy (the juices should run clear, not pink), and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 2 to 4 minutes more.
To assemble the burgers, top each patty with a slice of onion and tomato, and half the avocado slices. Wrap each one in 2 to 3 lettuce leaves, wrapping as tightly as you can. Serve with the sweet potato fries.
Low carb, healthy fats, and delicious protein...you can't ask for a better meal!