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Entree, Poultry, Summer |340 calories per serving|10 minute recipe

Sweet Potato and Spinach Turkey Burgers

This content was last updated on January 13, 2020

The secret to these flavorful turkey burgers is the aromatic combination of fresh herbs, onions, and garlic mixed with mashed sweet potato and spinach. Filled with extra veggies, this burger makes AICR’s recommendations easy to follow. Plus the fresh herbs are loaded with an abundance of phytochemicals that promote good health and may help prevent inflammation.


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Sweet Potato and Spinach Turkey Burgers
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups medium packed fresh spinach, chopped small
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 whole-grain buns
  • Lettuce and sliced tomato (optional)
Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 340 calories, 6 g total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 43 g carbohydrates, 29 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 680 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Microwave sweet potato 4-6 minutes or steam 15 minutes until tender.
  2. While sweet potato is cooking, prepare grill and set heat on medium-high. If broiling, set top rack on second rung (at least 6 inches from broiler) and set heat on broil. Prepare large broiler pan with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mash sweet potato. Add turkey, spinach, onion, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper and oil. Mix together and form 6 patties about 1/2-inch thick.
  4. Grill patties 4-8 minutes on each side or until center is 165 degrees F. If broiling, arrange patties on broiler pan and broil 4-8 minutes on each side or until center is 165 degrees F.
  5. Serve on whole-grain buns with lettuce and tomato (optional).


Leftover Patties can be frozen in individual portions for later use.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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