Thanksgiving Burgers

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It’s autumn! The season of delicious squashes and turkeys and Thanksgiving feasts. Everywhere you turn someone is tempting you with pumpkin spiced goodies. If you’re anything like us with the season brings cravings for home cooked Thanksgiving treats. Unfortunately, these can be difficult to come by if it isn’t Thanksgiving yet, or you’re far from home. Not to mention the dread of post Thanksgiving deliciousness withdrawal. And we haven’t even touched on the fact that although Thanksgiving feasts are cooked with love, they usually aren’t cooked with healthy eating in mind. So we set out to tame our cravings this week. We ended up with a flavour packed burger that doesn’t even need a bun! A guilt free way to treat yourself to your favourite fall flavours.
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Recipe

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped celery leaves
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
3/4 cup frozen cranberries, thawed
1 1/2 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup toasted pecans
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup large flake 0ats
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1lb extra lean ground chicken

Sweet potato steaks:
1 sweet potato
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Bread or buns for serving (optional). Try serving the burgers just on the sweet potato steak, trust us.

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Warm olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Sautee celery leaves and onion for 2-3 minutes, or until onion is slightly softened. Add cranberries, sage, salt and pepper and continue to sautee for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl whisk egg. Add cranberry mixture and the remainder of the ingredients. Combine thoroughly. Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Form mixture into 6 patties. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Cut sweet potato into 6 round steaks. In medium bowl wisk oil, water, and brown sugar. Coat sweet potato rounds in mixture. Bake with burger patties for about 20 minutes, or until slightly browned.

Stack burger on top of sweet potato for serving.

 

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