Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers (Paleo & Gluten Free)

  May 25, 2019  |  #Entrees

These easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers offer a delicious, flavorful twist on your original turkey burger. Sweet potato patties are chock full of antioxidants and can be made as a paleo turkey burger and gluten free turkey burger without the bun. 

Easy Sweet Potato turkey burgers on plate surrounded by ketchup, avocado, onions and peppers for toppings | Bucket List Tummy

This recipe was originally published in June 2016. Photos were updated as of June 2019. 

I’m popping in today to share one of my newest recipe obsessions, these easy sweet potato turkey burgers. You’re going to want to make these ground turkey and sweet potato burgers this week – they are that good!

If you’re a doubter, read on. I bet you wouldn’t imagine that ground turkey and sweet potato can make such a delicious combination. But, they are a match made in heaven and a combination that I think I need to experiment further with now. 

Just imagine a tender, juicy burger, full of Vitamin A and antioxidants, and poppin’ with fiber.

It doesn’t sound like your average burger, does it? It’s definitely not.

These Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers are:

  • Easy
  • Juicy
  • Flavorful
  • Quick
  • Great for meal prep
  • Ideal for a weeknight dinner or for entertaining
  • Gluten Free turkey burger (without the buns)
  • Easy prep and clean up (just one bowl!)
  • Paleo turkey burger (without the buns)

What else could you want in a burger?

While I used ground turkey, you could easily use ground chicken or beef for these healthy burgers. And if you do, I HIGHLY recommend a quality meat that is antiobiotic free and humanely raised.

I use Butcher Box and can’t recommend it enough. It’s delivered to your door for free and you can use the code “AP10” to get $10 off your first order. 


Inspiration For Sweet Potato Patties

Let me set the scene and tell you about my (longstanding) love for burgers. I’m a burger gal. Growing up, I can remember going to the same sports Bar (Dave’s Bar and Grille, for those of you wondering) after little league games and ordering the cheeseburger every time.

My parents would joke that I wasn’t feeling like myself if I ordered something different off the menu.

What can I say? I just love the combination of juicy meat and melted cheese. Invite me to a cookout and I’ll choose the burger over the hot dog every time.

Considering my love for burgers, I’m somewhat stunned in my lack of turkey burger recipes on the blog. However, these BBQ apple sweet potato turkey burgers are another fun rendition if you want to mix things up. 

Closeup of Sweet Potato Paleo Burger


How Do You Make Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers?

To make these turkey sweet potato patties, you’ll want to first cook your sweet potato.

I actually prefer the microwave method for cooking the sweet potatoes because it’s the quickest, especially if you don’t prepare. It also makes the sweet potato flesh and skin nice and soft, which you want for these patties.

raw turkey meat for paleo sweet potato burgers | Bucket List Tummy

Normally, I like my sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries to be crisp, but not when we’re talking about ground turkey sweet potato burgers. 

Crisp on the outside but soft on the inside = more flavor. 

Mashed sweet potato in a bowl for ground turkey and sweet potato burger recipes

Once you have your cooked sweet potato, mash it on in with the ground turkey and spices, spreading that flavor and texture all around. I love using a good potato masher because the sweet potato is hot! It saves me from burning myself and dirtying up my hands.

Mixing bowl with ingredients for easy sweet potato turkey burgers

Mold the turkey sweet potato patties into your desired burger or patty shape and throw them on the grill or a skillet. If you’re wondering, these can be a great paleo burger option, but I’m not much into labeling foods or diets. 

In other words, rather than calling them paleo burgers, I prefer to refer to them as wholesome and satisfying sweet potato patties with ground turkey. 

Also, if you’re into cooking turkey burgers on stove, this is the perfect recipe to do so. When we make these in the winter, we use this cast iron skillet since we’re not firing up the grill.

Paleo Sweet Potato Burgers on White serving platter before cooking

After molding your patties, throw them on your skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Before you know it, dinner will be served.

When Should You Make Sweet Potato Patties?

All year round! We’ve been eating these a few times each week for the past few months. The flavor is quite addicting, and sweet potato patties are so perfect for warmer weather.

Best of all, they can be made either on the grill or in a skillet. 

Once you learn how easy and delicious these burgers are, they’ll become a regular on your dinner rotation. These ground turkey sweet potato burgers are a fantastic way to impress guests. Yet, they can also be perfect for your easy going Monday night dinner, too!

Easy cooking and cleanup since you’re only using one bowl.

Paleo Sweet Potato Burgers on White serving platter

They can easily be made as gluten free turkey burgers (and paleo burgers) by omitting the bun. 

You may be surprised to learn that sweet potatoes mesh really well into anything. If you can’t tell by my recipe page, I love them and can pretty much find a way to incorporate them into everything.

What Toppings Should You Add To Paleo Turkey Burgers?

If you’re omitting the bun and going for a paleo turkey burger recipe, then the toppings become all the more important. Toppings can really transform a burger from average to unbelievable.

I’m sure you have your own preferences and likes for toppings as well – that’s half the fun of making and eating a burger, isn’t it?!

Turkey and sweet potato burgers topped with avocado and on a bun from Bucket List Tummy

I pretty much always want sauteed onions and roasted peppers because they just impart so much flavor. Both vegetables impart the perfect texture for a burger, and bonus, they give extra nutrients!

You could also consider

If you’re not going for a paleo turkey burger, buns and toast are always welcome for more taste and satisfaction. 

What Should You Pair Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers With?

I’m biased, but I think they go fantastic with a Mango Lime Quinoa Salad. Another great way to embrace warm weather foods, and lots of colors and nutrients. Both are perfect for a summer picnic or barbecue. 

Summer quinoa salad as a side dish | Bucket List Tummy

Another great option to pair with paleo turkey burgers as a topping or side/appetizer is black bean avocado dip.

Crispy turmeric baked cauliflower is a fun, light side vegetable dish. Or, if you prefer something heavier and more comforting, crispy parsnip fries are another option!




Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

Yield: 6 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

These easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers offer a delicious, flavorful twist on your original turkey burger. Sweet potato patties are chock full of antioxidants and can be made as a paleo turkey burger and gluten free turkey burger without the bun. 


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Cook sweet potatoes (I microwaved mine for about 6 minutes).
  2. Mix the mashed sweet potatoes and ground turkey together with the garlic powder, italian seasoning, ginger, salt and pepper
  3. Form into 4-5 large patties
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  5. Cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked all the way through
  6. Top with cilantro, avocado and sautéed onions/peppers


Topping ideas: Avocado, Cilantro, Sautéed onions and peppers...whatever your heart desires!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 104mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 20g

Turkey sweet potato patties are great for feeding little ones, too! Both mini tuna burgers and zucchini salmon patties are loved by our toddler, and also an easy way to introduce seafood.

As recommended, these seafood patties can help disguise the taste of “fish,” yet provide essential nutrients and it’s recommended to introduce allergen foods earlier rather than later to reduce the risk of allergies later in life. 

Spiralized Zucchini over salmon patty


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Sweet potato Turkey Burgers with text overlay | Bucket List Tummy

Want More Sweet Potato Recipes?

You may also like these BBQ Apple Sweet Potato Burgers, Sweet Potato Blueberry Baked Oatmeal or Sweet Potato Cookie Dip.


What are your “must have” burger toppings? Do you go all out or keep it simple?


34 responses to “Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers (Paleo & Gluten Free)

  1. I really love burgers too! I love the ketchup/mustard combo with pickles. I guess I’m a classic kind of girl when it comes to burgers!
    I make turkey burgers a lot but my recipes are never creative like this. Definitely going to try it out soon.

  2. Well I really don’t think I need to express how jazzed I am about this recipe. You and me both know using sweet potato makes EVERYTHING better. Still though, I can’t believe how simple these are. The sweet potato takes the place of the need for any egg or breadcrumbs eh!? That’s ah-mazzzinnggg. And thanks for adding ginger. Ginger and sweet potato are pretty much soul mates.
    Good one girl. Can’t wait to make these.

  3. I MAKE THESE ALL THE TIME!!! The combo of turkey and sweet potato and/or butternut squash is just truly heaven on earth!!!!!!! It also reminds me of THANKSGIVING!

  4. I made these last night and the family thought they were delicious! Great recipe. I’m happy to have leftovers for my lunch today too!

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