Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers (Paleo & Gluten Free)

  Jan 25, 2020  |  #Entrees

These easy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers offer a delicious, flavorful twist on your original turkey burger. Turkey and sweet potato patties are chock full of antioxidants and can be made as a paleo turkey burger and gluten free bunless turkey burger. 

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, this easy turkey burger with sweet potato. 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 a sweet potato turkey burger can make such a delicious combination. But, ground turkey and sweet potato recipes are a match made in heaven and a combination that I think I need to experiment further with now. 

These turkey sweet potato burgers are full of Vitamin A, antioxidants, healthy carbohydrates and fiber. 

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers Are:

  • Easy and Quick
  • Juicy
  • Flavorful
  • Great for meal prep
  • Ideal for a weeknight dinner or for entertaining
  • Bunless turkey burger (gluten free) though they taste great with buns, too
  • Easy prep and clean up (just one bowl!)

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.

These can be a great paleo burger option or whole30 turkey burgers with sweet potato, but I’m not much into labeling foods or diets.  In other words, I prefer to refer to them as wholesome and satisfying sweet potato patties with ground turkey. 

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.

Closeup of Sweet Potato Paleo Burger

Here’s my perfect summer day in a heartbeat.

Wake up and enjoy peach whole wheat donuts, settle and go for a run, come back shower, nap and relax and enjoy a nice omelet for lunch. Then, we’d meet up with friends, and grill these sweet potato burgers for dinner!

What Do You Need For Turkey And Sweet Potato Burgers?

  • sweet potatoes
  • ground turkey
  • olive oil, butter, avocado oil or coconut oil
  • garlic powder
  • italian seasoning
  • ground ginger
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Best of all, these turkey sweet potato patties are easy cooking and cleanup since you’re only using one bowl!

Plus, 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! Versatile recipes for the win. 

How Do You Cook Healthy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potatoes?

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 these flavorful 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 in with the ground turkey and spices, spreading that flavor and texture all around.

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 in the oven, on the grill or a skillet.

Can Turkey Burgers Be Cooked In The Oven?

You can cook these in the oven, on the stove or on the grill!

If you choose to bake them in the oven, set it to 350 and once you form your patties, bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping once halfway!

How To Cook Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers On The Stove

I prefer to cook them on the stove because we can do that year round and there’s no need to fire up the grill.

Plus, cooking turkey burgers on stove is easy and seamless, and flavorful, especially with a cast iron skillet 

Paleo Sweet Potato Burgers on White serving platter before cooking

After molding your patties, cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. 

They should be cooked through, but a good way to verify is with a food thermometer. Turkey burgers should be cooked to 165 degrees.

Paleo Sweet Potato Burgers on White serving platter

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

  • roasted tomatoes
  • pickles and/or relish
  • lettuce, arugula or spinach
  • cilantro
  • cheese
  • barbecue sauce 
  • avocado (perfect for taste, texture and healthy fats!) 
  • quality sea salt (for extra flavor!)

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

What Should You Pair With Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers?

These turkey sweet potato burgers go beautifully with a Mango Lime Quinoa Salad or these spinach sweet potato tater tots. 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 Avocado Bean Dip.

For vegetables, 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 Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Burgers

Easy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Burgers

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

These easy ground turkey sweet potato 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 4-5 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, BBQ sauce

Use gluten free buns or omit the buns to keep these gluten free.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 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.


easy sweet potato turkey burgers

Sweet potato Turkey Burgers with text overlay | Bucket List Tummy

Want More Sweet Potato Recipes?

You may also like these BBQ apple turkey burgers, Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal, Italian Sweet Potato Pizza Crust or Sweet Potato Cookie Dip.

For tailgating season, don’t miss these sweet potato bites wrapped in bacon!


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


39 responses to “Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers (Paleo & Gluten Free)

  1. These meatballs are so good. My family loves them…kids included. They’ve become my “go to” turkey meatball recipe. I’ve made them quite a few times and finally decided I should say thank you for a good recipe. Thank you 🙂

  2. “This was great! Really enjoyed it – thanks for sharing. I do agree with another commenter who said it was a bit sweet – I will definitely reduce the sugar next time (I used regular granulated sugar).

    Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow! :)”

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