Sometimes an American gal just needs her burger and fries, and this gal does it without any regrets. Impress your friends with a healthy take on the classic American meal with my Protein Packed Chicken Burgers and Addicting Sweet Potato Fries. Both recipes are easy for anyone new to the kitchen, and make for a healthy and affordable meal.
Protein Packed Chicken Burgers:
These chicken burgers helped me escape the freshman 15 because they are affordable, a perfect source of protein, and very easy to make ahead of time. Lean ground chicken is usually only about 5$ a pound, which is significantly cheaper than most other protein options. Try to purchase yours direct from the butcher, so you know it’s fresh. Ground chicken is also very easy to freeze, which is great for a student with a changing schedule who doesn’t know the next time they will be around to cook. While many chicken or turkey burgers include breadcrumbs, I prefer to leave the extra carbohydrates out and instead enjoy a healthy, high protein option that you can feel good about eating regularly. I’ll make these burgers on Sunday and usually enjoy them throughout the week. You can change up the recipe by adding different spices and sauces, or even cut up the leftover burgers to toss in whole-wheat pasta, an omelet, or a salad.
Prep time: 18.6 minutes
Cook time: 8.3 minutes
Yields about 5 patties
- 1 Pound Lean Ground Chicken or Turkey
- 1 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese (purchase in block and crumble yourself, it’s usually cheaper!)
- ¾ Cup Homemade or Store-Bought Pesto (it pays off to have a windowsill herb garden)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 5 Garlic Cloves
- Tabasco (to your liking)
- Chili powder
- Chop onion and sauté in pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil and set aside.
- Mince garlic and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix by hand. Don’t be scared, just make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after.
- Using those same hands, form your patties. This is to your own discretion, you can make mini sliders or full patties, but either way they should be about 1 inch thick.
- Heat a frying pan to medium heat with 2 tsps. of Canola oil.
- Cook those bad boys. Place burgers on the heated pan and allow cook for about 4 minutes per side.
* If you need a bun, choose a healthy option like a whole wheat English muffin, but I like to wrap mine in butter lettuce or Swiss chard with a thick slice of tomato.
Addicting Sweet Potato Fries
Instead of a bun, I prefer my chicken burgers with these absolutely Addicting Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potatoes are a healthy carbohydrate, and make for some perfect French fries. This recipe is ultra easy, and allows for you to experiment with dipping sauces like garlic aioli, Siracha ketchup, or spicy mustard.
Prep time: 10.7 minutes
Cook Time: 30.1 minutes
- 4 Sweet Potatoes
- 3 tbsps. Olive Oil
- 2 tsps. Salt
- 2 tsps. Pepper
- 2 tsps. Cayenne Pepper
- Turn on oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut potatoes into a thick julienne.
- Place in a bowl and add olive oil and add spices.
- Wash them, and then mix with hands.
- Place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle more salt, pepper, and cayenne to your liking.
- Cook for about 15 minutes, carefully flip fries using a spatula, and cook for 15 minutes more, or until cooked through.
Halley’s Helpful Tip
Prepare fries and place in oven before starting on chicken burgers. This meal should take about 45 minutes from start to a clean kitchen, but trust me; your friends will have you begging for more. Tell them to bring the beer.