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Carolina Sweet Potato Burger

My daughter and I love to cook together and we came up with this burger on a recent visit home in NC from New York. North Carolina is one of the leading growers of sweet potatoes so it seemed appropriate to call it the Carolina Sweet Potato Burger The burger is very tasty, and moist. And we had fun making it together. Hope you enjoy it!


1 Large Sweet potato
1 TB Packed brown sugar
1 1/2 LB Ground Beef 80% lean
4 TB. Colavita Olive oil (divided)
2 TB. Worchester Sauce
2 TB. Dijon Mustard
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
 1 ts. salt
1 ts. ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for brushing on grill
One large sweet onion sliced 1/4"
2 C. Sliced button mushrooms
1/2 LB. Sharp Cheddar cheese
2 Ripe Avacados
6 Hambuger Buns
2 TB Butter,melted


Pre-heat grill to Medium high Grill sweet potato wrapped in foil till soft about 45-50 min. Scoop out potato into a bowl add the brown sugar and mix together. Set aside. Combine ground beef, 1 TB olive oil, worchester sauce, mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well, but lightly to avoid compacting. Divide mixture into 12 patties and flatten to about a 4-4 1/2" diameter. In the middle of 6 of the patties put about 1 TB of the sweet potato mixture. Top with the other patties and seal the edges. Brush the preheated grill rack with vegetable oil. Grill the burgers about 5-7 Minutes on each side for medium. In a sauce pan add 2 TB olive oil, sliced onions and sliced mushrooms, saute till onions are translucent and mushrooms are browned about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside. During the final 2 minutes of grilling top each buger with the onion, mushroom mixture and top with slice of cheese. Mix butter and olive oil together and brush on buns and toast lightly on grill. Top burger with slice of avacado and serve on toasted buns.


Gas grill with Side burner was used to saute onions and mushrooms while burgers cooked.