Chipotle Mayo Burgers with Sweet Potato Strings

Chipotle Mayo Burgers with Sweet Potato Strings

I recently saw a funny post on Instagram reading something along the lines of "The Paleo Diet: finding every possible way to use bacon, sweet potato, and coconut"––and man, that is so true for my own experience with Paleo! I love bacon, sweet potato, and bacon equally and I use one of them in some form in almost everything I cook and bake! After making a few batches of mayo earlier in the week, I started experimenting with some flavor variations to go along with burgers we were having for dinner one night and I ended up with this spicy chipotle flavored mayo, which is amazing on a burger! Though the mayo isn't too spicy, it has nice heat, so I thought adding some sweet potato into the mix might balance the flavors out nicely. I was right. This is easily my new favorite meal to put together, I've made it three times in the past week alone! We ended up with some extra mayo at my house, but it's really awesome mixed into some hard boiled eggs and on grilled chicken, I also suspect it'd go really well with some seared scallops!

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Chipotle Mayo Burgers with Sweet Potato Strings

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 30-35 min Total Time: 35-40 min Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 2 chives

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp lime juice

  • sea salt, to taste

  • 2 large or 4-5 small sweet potatoes, peeled

  • light olive oil, for the pan (can substitute with your high-heat cooking fat of choice)

  • 2lbs ground beef

Preparation

  1. To make the chipotle mayo, add the mayo, garlic, chives, chili powder, cayenne powder, and lime juice to a mini food processor or blender and process until well combined. Add sea salt to taste and set aside. If being made ahead of time, this can be stored in the fridge.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat.

  3. Form the sweet potatoes into strings using a spiral vegetable slicer or with a julienne peeler.

  4. Place about ⅓ of the spiralized sweet potatoes in the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes to brown one side, the flip over to cook the other side. Remove from the skillet using a slotted spoon, place on a paper towel-lined plate or bowl to drain, and repeat with the remaining potatoes. These can be made ahead of time and left out at room temperature.

  5. While the sweet potatoes are frying, bring your grill to high heat. Form your ground beef into four evenly sized patties and grill to your liking.

  6. Top each burger with a generous spoonful of chipotle mayo, pile the burgers high with sweet potato strings, serve hot, and enjoy!

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