I hope you’re all out there conquering your week! Tuesdays suck, I know :/ It doesn’t help my Tuesday blues that the sky is fogged over and the wind is blowing freezing air off the bay in San Francisco. So today I’m throwing it back to when the sun was shining a couple weeks ago and I made these sunny Protein Style Cali Burgers.
These burgers are simple but delicious and fresh…I used grass-fed 93/7 beef and uncured turkey bacon on mine. Throw on a fried egg and some sprouts to really get that Cali feel going. Don’t forget about the zesty fry sauce because it brings this whole meal together with a little bit of spice!
I found this turkey bacon at the local Safeway here in SF…it was a little on the expensive side, but in my opinion it’s better to pay a couple extra bucks than eat all the crazy ingredients in some of the other brands of turkey bacon. I’m sure Whole Foods has an entire treasure trove of additive-free turkey bacon, but I can’t bring myself to deal with their parking garage here. Maybe someday when I live in suburbia I will finally get to enjoy the spoils of visiting multiple grocery stores in one day!
These bad boys will stay fresh for about 4 days if you meal prep them the way I did in the picture up top. The only thing I left separate was the tomato because the acidity will jack up your beautiful lettuce and ain’t nobody got time for that. Oh, and if you can’t have a burger without cheese, throw on some pepper-jack. I’m sure it would be delightful 🙂
Protein Style Cali Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Zesty Sauce
Yield: 6 servings • Calories per serving: 366 calories • Fat: 16 g • Protein: 32 g • Carbs: 20 g • Fiber: 5 g • Sugar: 5 g • Sodium: 727 mg • Potassium: 499 mg • Cholesterol: 90 mg
- 1 1/2 lbs 93/7 grass-fed ground beef
- 6 slices Columbus Applewood Smoked Uncured Turkey Bacon, cooked
- 1 1/2 avocados
- 12 leaves of butter lettuce
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced
- 1 tsp Flavor God Garlic Lover’s Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 tsp pepper, divided
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/4″ sticks
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp real salt
- Optional: fried egg, sprouts, cilantro, pepper-jack cheese
- 5 tbsp ketchup
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt (or mayo)
- 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- Whisk sauce ingredients together, then set aside in refrigerator.
- Mash avocados with lime juice and Flavor God seasoning, then set aside in refrigerator.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Toss sliced sweet potatoes with paprika, olive oil, real salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Arrange on lined baking sheet in single layer. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip using a spatula and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until fries reach desired crispiness.
- While fries are baking, form six 1/4 lb burgers from the beef, then season with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked to medium.
- Serve burgers on top of butter lettuce leaves with tomato slices, red onion slices, turkey bacon and avocado. Serve with fries and zesty fry sauce (add some sauce to the burger too!).
For my meal preppers out there, heat up your fries in a toaster oven to keep them crispy!