Thanksgiving Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

Autumnal foods are my favorite – but there is something so satisfying about a good burger and fries when the weather starts to heat up. This recipe is the best of both worlds. It’s so tasty, in fact, that we rushed right in and forgot to take the picture until halfway through the meal 🙂 So please imagine, if you will, the perfectly browned turkey burger, with melted yellow cheese dripping down the edges, crisp green apple slice on top, resting near a flaky roll, with mounds of bright orange sweet potato fries framing it. Imagine that, when you see this:

turkey burgers

Burger Ingredients (for 4):

  • 1-1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 onion, grated (or put through the food processor)
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (cut into 4 thick slices, cross-ways)
  • 4 Kaiser Rolls (or other large crusty rolls)


  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Mustard
  • Lettuce
  • Ketchup (for the fries)


  • 1 sweet potato or yam per person (long and skinny work best)
  • Kosher salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Sweet Potato Fries Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Scrub your potatoes clean and cut them into 1/8″ slices. Thinner than that will make crispier chip-like fries, thicker than that and they get a little mushy.
  3. Pat the potato slices dry with a dry kitchen towel, then put them in a bowl. Pour in a little olive oil and toss until they are evenly coated.
  4. Arrange the slices on baking sheets in one layer, with no overlap.
  5. Combine your salt, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl. I used about a 3:2:1 proportion, maybe a little less pepper. You can adjust this to taste. Then sprinkle the top of each slice with some of the spice mixture.
  6. Put in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip each slice, add more seasoning, and put in for another 5-10 minutes (until the edges are curling and the centers no longer look wet).
  7. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a serving dish.

Burger Directions:

  1. While the fries cook, put a large skillet on the stove top, coat with some olive oil, and heat on Medium-High. While your skillet is heating up, mix the turkey patty ingredients together well by hand, and shape into patties slightly larger than your rolls, putting a small indention in the middle to keep them from puffing up.
  2. Brown on each side, then cook for an additional 5-6 minutes on each side (until the center is as done as you like it).
  3. Put one slice of cheese on each done patty, and top with an apple slice. Cover the pan with foil and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat. It can remain covered to stay warm for a few minutes while you finish up the fries.

Serve on big toasted rolls, with a little mustard and a lot of cranberry chutney – some fresh lettuce on top, and a big mound of sweet potato fries on the side.


2 responses to “Thanksgiving Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

  1. inkedweezel

    Not sure about the sweet potatoe “fries” but the turkey burger with a sliced apple sounds really good.

  2. The turkey burger really is delicious – sweet potato fries are definitely something that you either really like or don’t like at all, but the smoked paprika made them much more interesting than others I’ve tasted.

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