Week 5: Burger & Fries Friday

With the secret ingredient to crispy sweet potato fries!

The Basic Burgers & Fries Recipe

  • Ingredients

    • 1.5# grassfed ground beef

    • 1 Tbsp. salt

    • 1 tsp. pepper

    • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder

    • 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder

    • 1-2 sweet potatoes, julienned

    • coconut oil

    • (optional) 2 tsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch

    • 1 Tbsp. salt

  • Instructions

    1. Mix ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic, & onion powder in a bowl as little as possible. The less you mix, the juicier the burger will be at the end.

    2. With as few pats as possible, make 5-6 equal burger balls & flatten into burgers. (Try for 4). If you’re grilling, make a small bowl in the center of the burger. If you’re cooking on the stove, don’t worry about the bowl.

    3. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Julienne the sweet potatoes into 1/4-1/2″ spears using a mandoline or a chef’s knife. No need to peel unless you like them that way. Melt 2 Tbsp. coconut oil in a large bowl and toss the sweet potato spears in the coconut oil with the arrowroot powder. The arrowroot will help the potatoes crisp up.

    4. Using a broiler pan, place the sweet potatoes evenly on the broiler pan (or two) without touching. Bake 8-10 minutes on each side, until crispy and light golden brown.

    5. While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, heat a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet or grill over medium high heat for 5 minutes. On the stove, sear the burgers for 4 minutes. Flip & sear for 2 minutes. Place the skillet into the oven to finish while the fries finish for 10 minutes. Remove & let rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

    5. Remove the fries and toss or sprinkle with salt. Enjoy!

  • Ideas:

    • Serve with a fresh salad, steamed broccoli or cauliflower.

    • Instead of fries, bake white or sweet potatoes and have loaded baked potatoes for dinner.

    • Serve with whatever fixin’s you like. Using naturally fermented pickles & relish (e.g., Bubbies) will increase intake of necessary probiotics essential for healthy bodies.

    • Try different BBQ rubs and seasonings.

Feeling Fancy? Try these fresh ingredients:

  • Ingredients

    • 1.5# grassfed ground beef

    • 1 Tbsp. salt

    • 1 tsp. pepper

    • 3 cloves garlic, smashed & minced

    • 1/3. c. red onion, minced

    • 1-2 sweet potatoes, julienned

    • coconut oil

    • (optional) 2 tsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch

    • 1 Tbsp. salt

  • Instructions

    1. Mix ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic, & onion in a bowl as little as possible. The less you mix, the juicier the burger will be at the end.

    2. With as few pats as possible, make 5-6 equal burger balls & flatten into burgers. (Try for 4). If you’re grilling, make a small bowl in the center of the burger. If you’re cooking on the stove, don’t worry about the bowl.

    3. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Julienne the sweet potatoes into 1/4-1/2″ spears using a mandoline or a chef’s knife. No need to peel unless you like them that way. Melt 2 Tbsp. coconut oil in a large bowl and toss the sweet potato spears in the coconut oil with the arrowroot powder. The arrowroot will help the potatoes crisp up.

    4. Using a broiler pan, place the sweet potatoes evenly on the broiler pan (or two) without touching. Bake 8-10 minutes on each side, until crispy and light golden brown.

    5. While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, heat a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet or grill over medium high heat for 5 minutes. On the stove, sear the burgers for 4 minutes. Flip & sear for 2 minutes. Place the skillet into the oven to finish while the fries finish for 10 minutes. Remove & let rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

    5. Remove the fries and toss or sprinkle with salt. Enjoy!

Going deeper with this lesson

  • Why you need to understand this recipe:

    Ending the week with a fun family favorite is a structure everyone loves. There are so many varieties and ways to do burgers that no one will ever get bored!

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