Healthy brunch recipes that are easy to make have been making me feel more energized (even in quarantine.) After trying the nacho-less red pepper nacho recipe the other day, I tried another bread substitution in the form of a bun for my burgers – sweet potato! Sweet potatoes are easy to cook with, they can last in your pantry for a while, and you can make so many unique recipes with them. Years ago, I used to make “Sweet Potato Toast” instead of bread for breakfast.
I’m not a health expert, but I do know that there are quite a few articles and blogs on the health benefits of sweet potatoes. For me, adding a sweet potato instead of a bun to your burger or slider, is a great way to mix things up and it tastes great with a mimosa!
Hot Tip 1: If you have extra sweet potato leftover after you slice your “buns,” you can use the rest to make delicious sweet potato fries for a side!
Hot Tip 2: This burger and sweet potato bun twist is a juicy combo, so have lots of paper towels or napkins handy when you dig in.
What You’ll Need for this Brunch Recipe
What You’ll Need for the Burger
- 1 lb Ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat)
- 2-4 oz Cremini mushroom stems, minced
- 1/4 cup Dry rub of your choosing (I used a smoky dry rub)
- 3-4 tbls olive oil
- 1 -2 Rosemary stems
What You’ll Need for the Sweet Potato Buns
- 2 -3 sweet potatoes, sliced circles 1/8 – 1/4-inch thick
- Salt and pepper to coat
- 1 tsp Chipotle (Optional: use cayenne or a sweet dry rub)
- 1-2 tsps olive oil
Add the sauce.
- 2-4 oz Cremini mushroom tops
- 1/2 Medium avocado
- 2 oz sliced mild cheddar
- Yum yum sauce
How to Cook the Burger
- Add oil and rosemary to a 10-inch cast iron skillet and heat to medium-high. Occasionally stir the rosemary.
- Add dry rub, chopped mushroom stems, and salt to the meat. Mix well, then divide into six balls.
- When the oil is smoking, add the meat and flatten them into patties. Allow them to brown for about three minutes. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Once cooked to your desired wellness, add thinly sliced cheddar, and set them aside. (Consider adding foil to keep them warm while you move onto the sweet potato buns buns)
- Reserve the oil and juices in your skillet! (This will give your sweet potato buns a delicious flavor with a hint of rosemary)
How to Cook the Sweet Potato
- In a bowl, combine the sweet potato rounds, salt, pepper, and chipotle.
- Add more oil to the skillet if needed. Add the sweet potato rounds and cook for about 5 minutes until browned. Flip. Then cook the other side for about 5 minutes.
- Voila! You’ve got buns, hun!
How to Cook and Prepare the Slider Toppings
- Add salt and oil to the mushroom tops. I used an air fryer to crisp, you could also brown on the skillet. It will take 10-15 minutes.
- Mash the avocado.
- Once all of the items are cooked, put it all together! Start with a larger sweet potato slice, top it with your burger, layer on your additional toppings, maybe add some Yum Yum sauce or ketchup, place another sweet potato on top and enjoy!