These BBQ Apple Sweet Potato Turkey Sliders are the perfect combination of tasty and nutritious! They are ideal for throwing on the grill, enjoying al fresco, or for entertaining a crowd!
This post is sponsored by the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission.
We had Camryn’s two month check up yesterday with shots – there was a loud scream, some tears but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. It was way worse for me. I just held her after to calm her down and then she slept on the way home. What a champ!!
Gosh, what an emotional experience watching your little one get shots. We also have some more appointments this week. I keep thinking things will get easier, but to be honest, motherhood is still a grind on me. I’m still trying to figure it all out.
Having food premade always helps. This is another recipe I created before birth. Thankfully, I did some work then because I would not have any time or energy to create a recipe right now. I hope that will be coming soon though!
Let’s talk about some of the pros of summer.
- Pools, lakes, oceans and beaches
- Longer days (more daylight)
- Family vacations
- Food and drinks al fresco
- Early morning runs
- Summer foods! watermelon, berries, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes – sooo good!
- Grilling out
- The list goes on
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grill out. Hands down, I think food tastes better on the grill – fish, steak, burgers, veggies – what have you. The grill just adds a whole new yummy dimension. Plus, eating al fresco is fun and another of my favorite things. The two pair really well.
Why I Love this Recipe
I also happen to really love burgers. My first rendition of adding a sweet potato to a burger came out well, and remains one of my most popular recipes to date. I make that recipe often but kind of wanted one with a little more jazz. So, these BBQ Apple Sweet Potato Burgers are a fun twist on my sweet potato turkey burgers.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I can pretty much find a way to include sweet potatoes in everything.
It’s a keeper if you ask me.
You don’t have to make these on the grill. You can also make them in the comfort of your own home, in a skillet. They come out delicious that way as well.
I used cheddar cheese because I have a thing with cheddar + apple. But, I bet brie would also be delicious. Or any other cheese. Just don’t use “American,” because that’s just fake cheese. And there are so many other yummy options out there. Promise me you won’t use American.
BBQ Apple Sweet Potato Burgers
- 2 apples (I used gala)
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 whole wheat buns
- 6 slices cheddar cheese
- dash sea salt
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- sage/rosemary, to top
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut 1 apple in half. Grate apple into medium sized bowl. Add spices, mashed sweet potatoes and ground turkey. Shape mixture into 5-6 medium size patties.
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add burgers to pan and cook through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
- While burgers are cooking, toast bun about 3-5 minutes in oven (optional)
- Cut remaining apple into slices to top turkey burger (optional). Top with bbq sauce and sliced cheese.
As you can guess, these didn’t last long in our house and I’m sure they won’t in yours either. Maybe make a double or triple batch?
These also make a great post-run meal with an ideal balance of protein and carbohydrates, plus lots of antioxidants from the sweet potatoes and such! The apple adds a little crunch and slight tartness, but you can always leave them off if you choose!
I like to pair these with some chips and watermelon, but you do you!
What’s your favorite summer meal?