Girls Night Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

turkey burgersHappy Wednesday guys!! How’s it going? Instead of my usual wait until 10pm to start writing and editing my blog post, my dear husband let me sneak away from the house with the laptop early! Bless his soul. So here I sit at starbucks enjoying the sights, smells, my tea and my twitter feed while Gord is at home, doing the dishes, putting a hyper, cranky and annoying 3 year old to bed and scrubbing the floors. That may be pushing it….On the flip side–I may actually write a sentence or two that makes sense!! SHOCKER.

Well, who are we kidding? I can’t guarantee that.

So, I’m actually at one of the Starbucks that is attached to a Barnes & Noble because I’m doing research.

Ok, stop laughing.

I’m seriously doing research. But fun research: cookbook research!

Why?

Because friends. I’m planning on writing a cookbook. {Insert girly high pitched scream here.} I can’t give any details away, but I have a few ideas that I need to put out on paper and send to some publishers. Hopefully they’ll think I’m brilliant, give me a million dollars and help me take over the world. Mwahahahaha.

Just half kidding about that last part. Don’t go reporting me to the feds or anything. Take a breath.

I have some ideas that I feel you, my readers, would go crazy over. Time will only tell if this actually ends up happening, but I’m hopeful! All you need is an idea, right? I think so.

And there’s your daily affirmation for the day. You’re welcome.

But, speaking of cookbooks, my friend and fellow blogger Jenna {from Eat Live Run} just finished writing her very first book and I got an early edition. It’s called White Jacket Required and basically it’s her culinary coming-of-age story. It involves lots of drama, family tragedy, relationship troubles and all the other stuff in between. It’s an easy and fun read with yummy recipes corresponding with the story.

Today, I’m sharing with you one of those recipes. These are Jenna’s Girl’s Night Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Totally easy to do, healthy and seriously SO SO good. Here’s how you do it:

sweet potato friesStart by cutting your sweet potatoes into matchstick sized fries. Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper and then spray with cooking spray. I didn’t use very much cayenne pepper because I live with a bunch of woosies. Throw these into the oven and set a timer.

ingredientsFor the burger patties, mix together some ground turkey, chopped red pepper, eggs, salt and old bay seasoning. I was a little hesistant to add in so much red peppers, but it worked really well with the flavors and kept the burgers so moist.

turkey burgers 1Once the burger meat is well mixed, form into patties and get cooking!

turkey burgers cookingCook these in a non-stick skillet for 7 minutes each side.

turkey burgers cheeseAfter they’re cooked, throw on a little cheese and let it melt.

turkey burger cookedHello, lover!

sweet potato fries cookedNow’s about the time to pull those sweet potato fries out of the oven. Mine got a little toasty because my oven is hotter than the sun, but tasty nonetheless. Yours will most likely look better than mine.

turkey burgers 2Throw the burger patties onto some whole wheat buns and top how you like. Jenna recommends lots of ketchup and hot sauce. I was hesitant to add the hot sauce {because I am the biggest woosie}, but I gave it a whirl and oh momma. It was amazeballs! AMAZEBALLS! The moist patty, the melty cheese, the sweet cold ketchup with a small kick from the hot sauce…..seriously rip my tongue out delicious.

spicy sweet potato friesThe sweet potato fries are pretty rockin’ too.

So, give these a whirl tonight! And don’t forget to come check out my new youtube channel!

Reprinted with permission from White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story © 2012 by Jenna Weber, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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Girls' Night Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Old Bay seasoning is the secret ingredient in these easy and healthy turkey burgers. I like to serve mine with melted cheddar or pepperjack cheese on top. The spicy sweet potato fries (baked of course!) complete the meal.

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into matchstick-thin slices
  • Sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • Cooking oil spray
  • ½ pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 slices cheddar or pepperjack cheese (optional but delicious)
  • 2 hamburger buns, toasted (preferably whole wheat)
  • Ketchup or hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Arrange the sweet potato slices in one layer on the sheet and sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne. Spray fries with vegetable oil spray and bake for 30 minutes, turning each fry over midway through baking.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, salt, Old Bay seasoning, and bell pepper. Mix thoroughly either with your hands or with a spoon until everything comes together and is combined well. Form into two even patties.
  4. Cook the burgers in a nonstick skillet over moderate heat until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Top each with a slice of cheese and cook two minutes longer, allowing the cheese to melt.
  5. Remove from heat and serve on toasted buns, topped with desired accompaniments. Serve with hot sweet potato fries and plenty of ketchup and hot sauce.

The above is an excerpt from the book White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story by Jenna Weber. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Reprinted with permission from White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story © 2012 by Jenna Weber, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Author Bio
Jenna Weber, author of White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story, is the author of the highly successful food blog Eat, Live, Run. In 2007, she attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Florida. White Jacket Required is her first book. She lives in San Francisco, California. Go to www.eatliverun.com for an up-to-the-minute look at Weber’s world of food.
For more information please visit http://www.eatliverun.com, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter

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  1. These burgers and fries look so good – I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Jenna’s book! And in the future…yours! Yay! 🙂

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    • Lauren — August 22nd, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Brenda!

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  2. I’m drooling! I live + die for turkey burgers and sweet potato fries! And I would looooove some right now, yes, even for breakfast. Oh, and did I forget to mention CONGRATULATIONS on your cookbook deal?! I’m SO stoked for you! That’s seriously awesome and I hope you’re celebrating accordingly with lots of fruity drinks and sprinkles. You rock, Lauren!

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  3. Yum! One of my favorite meals is actually a maple mustard turkey burger with sweet potato fries on the side, so I know I would love this too!

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  4. These are delicious. I grilled the burgers and that helps give them more flavor. Top with a little chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato and you are in for one special treat. Yummy! Good luck with the cookbook!

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  5. Very exciting news about your cookbook venture. Wishing you the best of luck as you research and jot down your ideas. Tasty review of Jenna’s burger. That looks so good right now and just for the record so do the fries. I happen to like the crunchy bits!!!! hoping your 3 year old is less cranky today, lol. I’m counting down the minutes until nap time here. Been one of this days 😉

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  6. I am totally making these this weekend! Thanks Lauren 🙂

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  7. I love these, and am so impressed by your sweet potato cutting skillzz….mine would never be so even! Yay for going for the cookbook – I would LOVE to own that!

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  8. You’re hilarious! I love your blog and your sassiness 🙂 {if that’s even a word}

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  9. Yum! I wonder if I could get my three kids (two are toddlers) to eat this!! I may try this week. Thanks!!

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  10. These are perfect! Hubby would love all the red peppers in there!
    I can’t wait to hear about your cookbook, good luck with everything – I am sure it would be amazing!

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  11. girly high-pitched scream here…

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  12. I am super excited for you and the possible cookbook (and taking over the world too!) So much fun!!!!! 😀 These burger and fries look fantastic and a great girls night in. I cant wait to hear more about your cookbook!!!

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  13. Best wishes for success on your new book. Yummy recipes.

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  14. These burgers look A-MAZING! Not to be dumb, but in the picture you have two eggs in the bowl, but the recipe only calls for one. If I’m making 4 patties–should I double the recipe (therefore, using two) or do I use more eggs?

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    • Abby — March 13th, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      I’m wanting to make them tonight, just need to run to the store so I was just wondering:) If making 4 patties–should I use two full red bell peppers as well? Sorry to be an inconvenience!

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    • Lauren — March 13th, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

      If you’re doubling the recipe, then you double everything! 🙂 And, only use 1 egg per recipe. Sorry for the confusion!

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  15. I made these for dinner last night the only thing I did different was added onion, a jalapeno, and sautéed them with the bell pepper. This burger was hands down the best turkey burger my family has ever had! We ate them plain, just cheese, no bun (mommas on a diet, so they are all on a diet) and the burgers were incredible!

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