chipotle turkey burger w/ baked sweet potato fries & lemon cilantro aioli

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch on 04.12.11 at 6:38 pm

burger craving? anyone? anyone? ok, i admit — i look forward to meals at pretty much every waking moment. i suppose that’s the foodie in me. :) and to keep things interesting, i usually decide what to cook on a whim. most days, i wait til i get home to take a look in my fridge and pantry to see what yummy ingredients i have to work with at that given moment. but sometimes i get fixated on a particular food in mind… don’t ask me why, but i just had to have a turkey burger that day.

i’ve never made homemade burger patties before. (yes, i know, shocking!) and while i typically embrace every opportunity for a culinary experiment, that day the afterwork hunger pangs kicked in and my tummy was growling the whole way home on the train. so i made a quick pitstop at the grocery store and picked up some frozen extra-lean turkey patties & various veggies for burger fixings. here’s how i made my bun-less & grease-free burger dindins…

patties & peppers:
– heat up 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) in large saucepan on medium heat
– add 2 frozen extra-lean turkey patties to pan
– season patties w/ 1 tsp chipotle blend (combo of spices incl chipotle powder, ground paprika, cumin, coriander, granulated onion, garlic powder)
– cook patties for 6-7min on each side, or until browned & cooked (season again after flipping patties w/ 1 tsp chipotle blend)
– add 1 orange bell pepper (pitted, seeded, sliced)
– sauté peppers for 2-3min until cooked

lemon cilantro aioli
– check out the recipe from a previous yumyumyummers post.
– set aside. cover & refrigerate.

baked sweet potato fries
– check out the recipe from a previous yumyumyummers post.
(tip: this time, i took a time-saving shortcut by using pre-cut, unseasoned sweet potatoes from the produce section at the grocery store.)

food styling:
– plate a bed of fresh spinach, sauteed orange peppers & tomato slices, topped with lemon cilantro aioli
– place cooked turkey patty on bed of veggies
– melt slice of havarti on turkey, topped with 1/2 haas avocado (pitted, peeled, sliced)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– place baked sweet potato fries in teacup or small bowl w/ lemon cilantro aioli on the side
– repeat food styling for 2 servings

stay tuned for a culinary experiment when i try to make homemade burger patties from scratch… :)

  1. That’s funny, my wife and I make elaborate plans for many a meal and you wing it and turn out amazing stuff. We like to improvise once we’re cooking, but we’re all about game plans. Those fries look great too.


    • thanks! i really dig culinary experiments — fantastic way to introduce new ingredients into the menu. sometimes it turns out yummy, sometimes it turns out… interesting. :)


  2. O.M.G. stop. This is right up my alley. I’m so glad the sweet potato fries made another guest appearance. :)


  3. I love those sweet potato fries, they look fantastic!
    Thank you for sharing x


    • thanks! these sweet potato fries have become a regular ‘treat’ every couple of weeks. so yummy.
      btw, your foodie blog is great! i’d like to try cooking indian food, so i can’t wait to try out some of your recipes.


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