Whenever I can, I try to incorporate southwestern/Mexican flavors into our dinners. For this weeks edition, we made green chile turkey burgers with sweet potato fries. We added some of our own components and I highly encourage you to deck out your burger in your own creative way. Have fun in the kitchen and use the flavors and spices you enjoy.
You will need the following :
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Makes 4 burgers. We only made 2 this night and halved the amount of turkey meat.
For the turkey burger
1 1/3 pounds lean ground turkey
1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2–3 spritzes canola oil in a mister
3 ounces 50%-reduced-fat pepper-jack cheese, cut into thin slices
4 whole-wheat Kaiser rolls
Romaine lettuce leaves
Red onion, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
For the sweet potato fries
2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
Juice of 1/2 lime
Rinse sweet potatoes in water and slice into approx 1 inch thick round circles. Next, cut circles into finger like sticks that resemble french fries.
Toss sweet potato fries with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt. We didn't have garlic powder at the house, so we just left it out... No biggie . Bake sweet potato fries in oven for approx 25-30 minutes at 425 degrees. Flip fries every 10 minutes or so for even baking.
Combine turkey meat with 4 oz of green chili's. We used slightly more than 4 oz, it depends on your personal preference. We also added Montreal Steak Seasoning, which is Mike's absolute favorite burger seasoning! We then tossed in salt and pepper to taste. Form 2 or 4 equal sized patties depending on how many you're cooking for. Place raw turkey patties in fridge until you are ready to grill.
Grill patties for approx 4-5 min on each side or till juices run clear in a grill pan or out on your grill. We can't wait for the weather to start to get warmer so we can fire up that grill again! The last minute or so, place cheese on top and cover pan to melt the cheese.
We toasted our buns in the toaster oven prior to placing cooked burgers on buns. Top burger with your desired condiments and veggies. We topped ours with tomatillo salsa, avocado, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Drizzle fresh lime juice on top of fries. We added sauteed green beans topped with some shaved almond pieces to complete this dish. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/cook-yourself-thin/recipes/southwestern-turkey-burgers-with-sweet-potato-fries
Calorie Break Down:
Eat Fit not Fat Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Calories per serving, turkey burger: 342
Calories per serving, sweet potato fries: 89
Turkey Burger : 578 calories, 28 grams of fat
Side order Sweet Potato Fries: 1147 calories, 58 grams of fat
West Coast Turkey Burger: 770 calories, 42 grams of fat
Turkey Burger: 890 calories, 45 grams of fat
Sweet Potato Fries: 390 calories, 20 grams of fat
Once again, your cooking and pictures make me feel like I produce junk for dinner every night!
Comparing the calories of those restaurants just makes this dinner look even more delicious. Red Robin sweet potato fries at over one thousand calories?!?! Redonk. And those homemade ones look way better than fast-food-type ones anyway.
I think that might be two sides of sweet potato fries.. maybe like a “large” order
It’s all about portion control people 🙂 Sometimes a little moderation in your life can go a long way…. self control over delicious yummies is the hardest part!
These look so so so good! I’m craving all of that food now.
Those sweet potato fries look faaaaaantastic. (but not round :-p )
[…] We served our sandwiches with a side of sweet potato fries. The frozen kind. I admit I don’t make everything from scratch! haha . If you have extra time go ahead and make your own sweet potato fries, they’re pretty delicious. You can check that recipe out in my previous turkey burger post. […]