Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers

Ground turkey is mixed with sweet potato, spinach, bacon and seasonings to make these savory burgers. They’re one of our favorite healthy meals that are grain free, gluten free, sugar free and dairy free!

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers {Tastes of Lizzy T}

OK, all of you out there who have a hard time eating your veggies.  I’ve got recipe for you that will change the way you think about a healthy meal.  It wasn’t long ago that I would have a looked at a burger recipe that had spinach and sweet potato in it and said, “Thanks, but I’ll pass!”

These little Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers have won me over.  As I worked to make them the first time, I was a little unsure of even serving them to my family.  You see, as much as we like to try to eat healthy at mealtimes, I am cautious and still desire to make meals that taste good. If Matt sees veggies hiding in something, he’ll give me a look that says, “What did you try to sneak in here?”  And the kids? If they think there are veggies hiding in food, that clouds their judgment right from the start and suddenly they are no longer hungry.

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers {Tastes of Lizzy T}

What makes these burgers extra special and oh, so fantastic is the fact that they have bacon in them. That bacon flavor completely drowns out any “veggie”taste.  And that is what won my family over.  They saw the little green spinach pieces in there and before they could say a word, I shouted, “There’s BACON in there!” After all, bacon makes everything better, right?

There is also a good amount of rosemary in these burgers that give them such a savory flavor.  If you know you don’t like the rosemary spice, you can try leaving it out.  We don’t use rosemary a lot in our meals, but in this recipe, it is what makes the burgers.

I’m happy to say that my hubby and three kids love these burgers.  These take just a little bit longer to make than your average “just-meat” burger. Because of this, I make up a double recipe right from the start so we can have them two evenings in a row, or for lunches the next day. You can freeze the burgers, either before or after baking if you don’t need so many right from the start.  Or you can cut the recipe in half!

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers {Tastes of Lizzy T}

Here’s the steps for making these Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers:

1. Cook a package of bacon until it is crispy. We love Hormel Natural Choice Bacon. It is uncured and is free of preservatives.  Once the bacon is cooked, crumble it.

2. Use your food processor to finely dice up two medium sweet potatoes.  You want little tiny pieces. We love our Ninja Express Chopper for jobs such as this.  That little machine is my favorite kitchen tool!

3.  Use your food processor to finely chop two cups of spinach.

4. Add all of the above ingredients in a bowl with two pounds of ground turkey.  Then add in the rest of the ingredients and seasonings as shown in the recipe.

5. Mix it up and form patties.  I got about 14 patties from a little bit more than two pounds of meat.  You could freeze the patties before or after cooking, if desired. We cook all of ours up, and they never last longer than two days!

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers {Tastes of Lizzy T}

Try out this recipe.  Trust me. If you’re trying to eat a little healthier, your taste buds will thank you.

-Julie

Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12-14 patties

Ground turkey is mixed with sweet potato, spinach, bacon and seasonings to make these savory burgers.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) bacon
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, rinsed, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 pounds ground turkey (our turkey packages were actually 19.2 ounces each, so a little over two pounds)

Instructions

Cook the bacon over a hot griddle until it is crispy. Put it on plate covered with paper towels to soak up the extra fat. Once the bacon is cool, crumble it into small pieces.

While the bacon is cooking, use your food processor to finely chop/dice the sweet potatoes, onion and spinach. You want small, tiny pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the bacon, sweet potato, onion and spinach. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the ground turkey and mix until all of the spices and ingredients are well incorporated.

Form the mixture into 12-14 patties. Grill them on a hot frying pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook them for about 5 minutes on one side, then flip them. Allow them to cook until they are no longer pink inside.

Notes

The packages of ground turkey that I used were 19.2 ounces each, which means I used closer to 2 1/2 pounds of ground turkey.

http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/2014/02/12/sweet-potato-spinach-bacon-burgers/

Adapted from Stir It Up

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28 Responses to Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers

  1. Donna Clark says:

    Oh, yum!
    These sound scrumptious!!!

  2. Lizzy T says:

    They really are :)

  3. Audra says:

    Wow, love this recipe! So glad to meet you two, I will definitely stay in touch…your food looks and sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipes :)

  4. marie says:

    Those look amazing!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  5. Lizzy T says:

    They really are, Marie! I’m needing to make them again soon!

  6. Lizzy T says:

    Thank you, Audra, for stopping by! Welcome! We’re glad you’ll be following along!

  7. Jessica says:

    WOW…..you have some good looking recipes! I can’t wait to try a few! I am always looking for lots of flavor and healthy meals!
    Jessica from http://www.sparklesandglue.com

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  10. Lizzy T says:

    Thank you, Jessica! I hope you enjoy our recipes!

  11. Julia says:

    I was wondering if using a potato ricer is a good idea for the sweet potatoes, or is the small chopped texture more desirable. I don’t have a large food processor.

  12. This looks so amazing! Pinning for sure! Thanks so much for linking up to Super Saturday!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    :) Linda

  13. Yummy! I am going to have to try these!

  14. Lizzy T says:

    Definitely do, Lisa! I hope you love them :)

  15. Lizzy T says:

    Thank you, Linda! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Lizzy T says:

    I’ve never used a ricer and am not sure how it would work with the uncooked sweet potatoes. If it makes tiny pieces of a raw sweet potato, then I’d say try it. The smaller the pieces, the better, so that the potato cooks while the hamburger is cooking. Another thing..we don’t have a large food processor either, but we have a small one. We chop the potato into smaller pieces, the process it a few chunks at a time. I hope that helps!

  17. Lara says:

    These look amazing. I can’t wait to try this. Pinning it now.

  18. Lizzy T says:

    Thank you, Lara! I hope you love them as much as we do!

  19. Oh, I want them right now!! If I am trying out a new recipe that is out of the “meat and potatoes” range, I usually don’t say a word about it and just serve it. Then after everyone says how much they liked it, I tell them what they just ate lol. It has worked well in getting them to eat healthier! Pinning :-)

  20. Lizzy T says:

    Glad I’m not alone, Ashley! I love hiding veggies in yummy foods! ;)

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  24. I cannot wait to try these tasty, healthy burgers! They look amazing! Pinned:)

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  26. Lizzy T says:

    They are amazing, Shannon! Thank you!!

  27. CJ Huang says:

    Adding bacon certainly makes everything taste better! The sweet potatoes sound like they’d add a nice flavor too. Stop on by and share at Five Friday Finds. :) http://morselsoflife.com/five-friday-finds-125.html

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