The hubs is a total carnivore, so I have to come up with healthier versions of his favorite not-so-great meals often, but this time he actually recommended having burgers sans the bun! No convincing necessary! So we tried it out with some baked sweet potato fries and it was SO GOOD. Super easy too.
- Burgers & toppings (whatever kind you fancy…)
- Lettuce for wrapping (something like green/red leaf or butter)
- 2 med sweet potatoes
- vegetable oil
- coarse salt & black pepper
Fries – Crank the oven to 400. Peel and slice your potatoes into fry sized chunks. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil, and arrange the slices best you can without too many touching. Drizzle with vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper flip over and sprinkle again. If they are too dry, not enough oil, they will get soggy instead of crispy. Make a foil lid that fits tight, you’re going for steaming effect here so no holes if possible. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Take the pan out and remove foil lid, place back in oven for 10 minutes. Remove one more time and flip fries, put back in the oven, 5 – 10 minutes depending on how crispy you want them.
Burgers – We ALWAYS barbecue our burgers, but you can cook them however you like. We typically use either fresh lean ground beef and make our own patties with husbands special seasoning skills or we use the Private Selection (from Ralphs) pre-made ones. Once they are cooked and have cheese added (totally optional.. but uh… weird without! ha) let them cool for just a minute before placing on the lettuce. Grab 2 -3 pieces of lettuce big enough to wrap around both sides of the burger patty. Layer them together and lay them flat out on a plate. Place your burger and add your normal fixings. We use avocado, mustard, ketchup, light olive oil mayo and pickles typically. Fold your lettuce over and you’re ready to eat!