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Cajun Burgers with Sweet Potato Buns

These Cajun burgers use grilled sweet potatoes as buns instead of bread! They’re a healthy gluten and dairy free summer meal with a taste of the south!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 307kcal

Ingredients

For the veggies:

  • 2 tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Large green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 Large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fresh garlic, minced

For the burgers:

For the buns:

For the ketchup:

Instructions

  • Pre heat your grill to high heat, letting it heat up at least 10 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil (for the veggies) in a large frying pan on medium high heat. Add in the pepper, onion, celery and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Keep on low heat to keep warm.
  • Combine the ground beef, Cajun seasoning and salt in a large bowl and mix evenly.  Form into 3 3/4 inch patties. Brush each side lightly with olive oil.
  • Once the grill is on high heat, put the burgers over direct heat and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, or until they reach the desired level of done-ness. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm and let rest.
  • Make 8 slices out of the middle of the sweet potato (it's the largest part) about 1/4 inch thick.  Place them into a large, microwave-safe bowl and add a little water. Cover and microwave until they JUST begin to soften, only about 2 minutes.  Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel. *
  • Brush each side of the potatoes with the oil and grill until nice char marks form, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook and additional 3-4 minutes until fork tender, but not mushy.
  • While the potatoes cook, mix all the ketchup ingredients in a medium bowl.

To serve:

  • Divide the ketchup between all 8 of the sweet potato slices.  Divide the veggies between 4 of the slices, place one burger on top of each veggie-covered slice. Cover with the remaining sweet potatoes.
  • DEVOUR!

Notes

*I am sure you could boil them too, but it would only be for 2-4 minutes or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 247.7mg | Potassium: 363.1mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 5.6g | Vitamin A: 10130IU | Vitamin C: 56.3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg