Delicious, great for kids, and budget-friendly, these Paleo and Whole30 Turkey Burgers have a short ingredient list AND a secret ingredient… can you guess it? Sweet potatoes! The sweet potatoes keep the burgers moist and add a really nice earth flavor. These baked turkey burgers are cooked in the oven to make dinnertime a breeze (and for easy cleanup!), and they’re served with zesty, easy Chipotle Ketchup!
I’m a proud hider of vegetables.
When my boys were very little, I’d spend a lot of time coaxing them into eating their vegetables. Begging might actually be a better term to use. They aren’t the pickiest kids ever, but they certainly didn’t always love eating their veggies (see my post about tips for picky eaters).
There are some vegetables they’ll eat no problem, like cucumbers and carrots and roasted broccoli, and others they generally refuse (mushrooms!).
Sweet potatoes are somewhere in the middle. But since sweet potatoes are full of iron, B and C vitamins, fiber, and more, Momma wants them to eat their sweet potatoes! I’ve found a few ways around that — to make them into fries (check out my Taco-loaded Sweet Potato Fries recipe)… and to hide them.
I don’t exclusively hide their vegetables, but over the years I’ve found a nice balance between asking, forcing, and tricking them into eating their vegetables.
I mean, if they don’t even notice, why not incorporate extra healthy foods in their favorite things to eat?
Turkey Burger Ingredients
The ingredients in Paleo Turkey Burgers are pretty straightforward. Ground turkey, an egg, coconut flour, garlic, onion, bell peppers, and spices. That’s it!
The super secret ingredient is a mashed sweet potato (shhhhh!). It keeps the meat from drying out and adds some sweet & earthy flavors (it’s also the secret to a great veggie burger). And when you include more flavorful ingredients like bell peppers, onions, and cumin, suddenly your turkey burgers are exciting!
For the chipotle ketchup, the short ingredients list is even shorter. Ketchup and chipotles. I like to use canned chipotles (it’s just easier), but you can also substitute about 1/8 tsp chipotle powder.
How to Make Whole30 Turkey Burgers
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
- Mix well, then set in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid a bit.
- Form into 6-8 patties, and lay on a lined baking sheet.
- Drizzle or lightly spray with oil, then bake the turkey burgers, flipping once.
- Mix together the chipotles and ketchup.
- Serve with toppings.
I always make a double batch of this, that way I have dinner ready to go for tomorrow or some other time. Time saver!
Whole30 Turkey Burger FAQ:
Can I freeze them?
Yes, definitely! In fact, I purposefully make a double batch so I can freeze some for another day. Once the burgers are cooked, allow them to cool completely. I like to wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer.
Can I Skip the Sweet Potatoes?
Well, turkey is known for being two things: 1. Dry 2. Boring. Adding sweet potato solves both problems! With a naturally high water content and lots of earthy, sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are the not-so-secret magic ingredient.
They take these burgers to the next level, so I wouldn’t recommend skipping the sweet potatoes, but if you don’t like them or want a lower carb option, you can.
More easy & healthy Whole30 weeknight dinners:
- Tomato Basil Grilled Turkey Salad (Whole30, Low Carb)
- Aloha Burgers with Homemade Teriyaki (Whole30)
- Orange Sesame Chicken & Broccoli (Whole30)
- Egg Roll in a Bowl (Whole30, Low Carb)
- Big Mac Potato Skins (Whole30)
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Whole30 Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
Baked Turkey Burgers made with a magic ingredient – sweet potatoes! They're delicious, kid-friendly, and great for meal prep!
Whole30 Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato about 1 medium sweet potato
- 1/4 cup finely diced bell pepper about 1/2 of a bell pepper
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion about 1/4 of a medium onion
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic
- 1.5 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Whole30 Chipotle Ketchup
- 1 tsp canned chipotles (watch for sugar) or substitute 1/8 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/4 cup compliant ketchup
- 1 head bibb or butter lettuce
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp fresh cilantro
Do the Prep Work
Chop the garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Wash the lettuce leaves.
Wait to cut the avocado until just before serving so it doesn't get brown.
Make the Turkey Burgers
Preheat oven to 375. As it preheats, in a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients with your hands. Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Form the mixture into 6-8 patties in your hands. Carefully lay each patty on a lined baking sheet and drizzle or spray lightly with olive oil.
Bake for about 12 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes.
Make the Chipotle Ketchup
While the burgers cook, mix together the chipotles and ketchup in a small bowl.
Assemble and Serve
Remove the burgers from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve with chipotle ketchup, sliced avocado, and lettuce wraps.
To cook in a skillet: Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the burgers and cook for about 4 minutes per side, turning once carefully. I wouldn’t recommend cooking these burgers on the grill as they can tend to break apart a bit when you flip them.