Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

As an adult with reasonable influence over most events throughout my day, I feel responsible to feed myself with some measure of prudence and respect. The most recent savior of my culinary dignity: Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers.

Paleo Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers with Chipotle and Avocado. Easy to make and freeze ahead!

Now, I’m not saying that the occasional dinner trifecta of wine, cheese, and pita chips doesn’t have its place or moment of necessity, but for health reasons, I’ve recently had to start paying closer attention to my diet, specifically the amount of protein I eat on a daily basis. While I might be perfectly content to munch a PB&J in between errands or scoop fresh avocado right from its peel and call it lunch, I’ve learned that making a meal of these quick bites hasn’t been nourishing my body as completely I need.

As dreamy as it sounds to fix myself a hearty seasonal omelet every day for lunch or to be constantly pulling perfectly-seared salmon fillets from our grill, I have neither the time nor the means, and judging by the number of requests I receive for fast, healthy weeknight recipes, wholesome lunches, and budget-friendly, make-ahead meals, I suspect I’m not alone.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers are everything I could hope for in a fast, healthy, and wholly satisfying meal. A blend of lean ground turkey, shredded sweet potatoes, and smoky chipotle spices, they’re ready in less than 30 minutes, packed with protein, offer a serving of veggies, and can be easily made ahead and reheated. Do they have super powers too? I wouldn’t be surprised.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers. Healthy, freezer-friendly, and ready in only 30 minutes! (paleo, gluten free)

Paleo Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers with Avocado. High protein, low fat, low carb, and easy to make ahead!

Though I love ground turkey as a healthy alternative to ground beef, I’m often hesitant to order turkey burgers, as they can be unapologetically dry. Not so with Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers! The shredded sweet potato does double duty by both binding the burger patties and keeping the turkey juicy and moist. It also adds a subtle sweetness to the turkey burgers that is a scrumptious pairing beside the smoky flavor of the ground chipotle chili powder.

Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers. Low fat, high protein, and paleo!

I made the first round of these Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers for Ben and myself for dinner and loved them so much, I immediately made a double batch and individually froze the uncooked patties. Now, any time I’m in need of a fast, balanced, protein-packed meal, I just tap into my freezer supply by either thawing a patty overnight in the refrigerator (when I’m organized enough to plan ahead) or gently warming it in the microwave (when I’m not).

Stock your freezer with these Paleo Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers and you'll have a healthy meal on hand any time you need it! High protein, low fat, and gluten free!

Though the sweet potato turkey patties are fine unadorned, I insist you top them with sharp, melty cheddar, and if time allows, sliced avocado, salsa, and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) are mighty tasty too. For serving, a bun is the classic approach (and Ben’s preference), but I most often enjoy my Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burger beside simply dressed greens with a little extra salsa…and extra cheese.

Finally, for those following a paleo diet, this sweet potato turkey burger base recipe is entirely paleo-friendly, and it is gluten free as well. I told you: super powers!

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

Juicy sweet potato turkey burgers with mild chipotle spices and cilantro. Low fat, high protein, and easy to make ahead! This recipe is also Paleo-friendly and gluten free.

Yield: 4-6 burgers, depending upon size

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Burgers

  • 1 pound ground turkey (I used 99% lean)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups grated scrubbed, skin-on sweet potato (about 7 1/2 ounces or 2 very small or 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for cooking the burgers

For Serving

  • 100% whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • Prepared salsa
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream

Directions:

  1. Place the ground turkey, garlic, chipotle chili powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Lightly mix with your fingers, just until combined. Fold in the grated sweet potato and cilantro. Form the mixture into patties that are about 1/2-inch thick (4 to 6 patties total).
  2. Meanwhile, generously drizzle a cast iron pan or other large, non-stick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium. Once hot, place the patties on the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on the first side, flip then cook 1 additional minute. With a cover for the skillet ready in one hand, pour a little water into the skillet, then cover it quickly, being careful as the oil will sputter. Let the burgers cook steam until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, top with grated cheddar cheese, then recover and allow the cheese to melt.
  3. Serve the burgers on toasted whole wheat buns, topped with sliced avocado, salsa, and sour cream as desired. Enjoy immediately.

Uncooked sweet potato turkey burgers can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to three months. Prior to cooking, thaw overnight in the refrigerator (best option) or gently in the microwave (if you forget).

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

35 comments

  1. I agree about turkey burgers! I always get afraid to order because I’ve had my fair share of dry ones. I should probably just make this one at home and guarantee a big juicy burger :) it looks fabulous!

  2. I fully believe these turkey burgers would make Dustin a full on turkey burger lover! Adding these to our freezer meals next week! 

  3. im not much of a turkey burger person but these look delightful..and adding sweet potatoes is a great idea. 

  4. I wonder if ground chicken would work or if it would be too dry? I have loads of chicken around but no turkey. :(

  5. Turkey burgers get a bad rep because of that! Yours looks anything but bland and dry-I love the addition of sweet potato! I can’t wait to try these, definitely saving this recipe!

  6. When we were hiking in Steamboat over the Fourth, I told Mr. B I was craving a turkey burger. He looked at me and said, “who craves a turkey burger?” Clearly I need to expand his palate because these look amazing! 

  7. I’ve been trying harder lately to eat better as well – all too often after work, I end up just eating ice cream or pita chips with hummus for dinner!  This burger looks awesome, I love the idea of adding sweet potato to the patty!  

  8. Hey girl- Very creative!!

  9. I am definitely a turkey burger person and these look delightful, divine, wonderful… Have to make those ;-)

  10. Love the fresh avo, this looks moist and delicious!

  11. I came here when I heard about the sweet potato burgers but then I got too excited with your lovely theme and I kind forgot about the burgers lol. Girrrrrrrl your blog looks beautiful and so do your pics!! I’m in love! *-*

  12. This year my family and I stopped eating red meat, we substitute with turkey, chicken and pork, so we are ALL about the turkey burgers. Mmmm! Absolutely love your idea of adding sweet potato. :)

  13. Wow that burger looks absolutely delicious! Totally bookmarking and giving this a try. I also have to say your photography looks amazing, keep up the great work!

  14. These burgers look so irresistible! Im really curious to try how sweet potato and turkey burgers taste :)

  15. I’ll take two please!! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!

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  17. I wouldn’t have thought to use grated sweet potato in burgers – this is ingenious! I should really do what you do and freeze some uncooked ones. I’ll be much less likely to get Chipotle on the way home if I know these tasty burgers are waiting for me in the freezer!

  18. I’m with you, I’ve been paying much closer attention to my diet lately, too. And I can say for certain that these need to be apart of it!!

  19. Gosh these look so tasty! I love Chipotle spiced ANYTHING.

  20. I’m a huge fan of sweet potato fries with a turkey burger…so this is just combining the two!

  21. I LOVE turkey burgers, and your recipe looks amazing, Erin! So juicy and flavorful – pinned!! :)

  22. I could not even finish my dinner before thanking you for sharing this recipe! I literally have the second half waiting on my plate! These chipotle turkey burgers are amazing, and my boyfriend wholeheartedly agrees. I am enjoying mine on a toasted whole wheat bun with plain Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar cheese. The natural sweetness of the sweet potato perfectly pairs with the chipotle spice. 

  23. Will give this recipe to my daughter she loves sweet potatoes….and I may try it myself….sure sounds good…..thanks

  24. Made these  tonight for supper. I couldn’t believe how moist the sweet potatoes made the burgers as turkey burgers can be a bit dry.  Have added to my favorites.  Thanks so much.

  25. Any advice for how to grate the sweet potato? Could a food processor do the job? Thanks!

  26. Wow Erin these were great. Just made them for supper tonight. I have another turkey burger recipe but they always seemed so dry. These are incredibly moist. I knew they were a winner when my brother came back for seconds. They can be so well adapted to a diabetic diet as well. Thank you so much for posting this recipe it’s now my go to turkey burger recipe and I hope you don’t mind if I pass it on to as many people as possible so everyone can share how good a turkey burger can tasre

  27. ERINNNN,
    Your turkey burger game is strong. I literally just finished eating and I’m in love with this recipe. I will absolutely be making it again. Thank you!!

  28. Very excited to try these! I know you mentioned that they’d last uncooked in the freezer for 3 months – how long would they keep in the fridge (cooked or uncooked)?

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