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Avocado Club Cheeseburgers with Sweet Potato Fries

45 mins
15 mins
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
45 mins
15 mins


Sweet potato fries
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cheeseburgers
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, halved
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat burger buns
  • 4 romaine leaves, halved
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • Chef notes

    This whole meal, from burger to fries, is only 477 calories, and it's also protein packed with 39 grams of protein. Great for a healthy barbecue substitute.

    Technique tip: I use parchment paper when baking the fries so that they brown nicely and don't stick to the pan.

    Swap option: You can use ground turkey, as the recipe calls for, or swap out for bison or lean beef. If you don't like sweet potato fries, swap out for russet potatoes and follow the same directions for yummy baked French fries.


    For the fries:

    Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line three rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

    Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into steak fry-size wedges, tossing them into a large bowl as you work. Add the cooking spray, garlic salt, pepper and toss to coat the fries. Spread out the fries evenly on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, flipping halfway through.

    For the sauce:

    Whisk together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to let the flavors blend.

    For the burgers:


    Line a plate with paper towels. Lightly coat a large sauté pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the turkey bacon, and brown to your liking. Transfer to the prepared plate, leaving the oil and drippings in the pan.


    In a medium bowl, mix together with your clean hands the ground turkey, onion, garlic, kosher salt and pepper until just combined (don't over mix or the burgers will be tough). Form into 4 patties and make a little dimple in the center of each so that they keep their shape while cooking.


    With the pan from the bacon over medium-low heat, add the patties and cook for 8 minutes, undisturbed. Flip and top each patty with cheese and cook for another 8 minutes, until cooked through.


    Place the bottom buns on four plates and layer each of them as follows: romaine, tomato, avocado, burger and bacon. Smear the top buns with sauce, and then place on top of the burgers. Divide the fries among the plates alongside the burgers and serve.