– sprinkle hot sauce or 1/2 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
Sweet & Spicy Mild Sauce
– 2 tablespoons of ketchup
– 2 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce
– Hot sauce to taste
– a dash of salt and pepper
– Sharp cheddar cheese
– crunchy onion strings
– Toasted Artesano Bun
Finely chop the green pepper, garlic cloves and shallots, or place in a food processor or chopper. Next, add them to the ground turkey and mix it into the meat with the remaining seasoning. Now form the meat into 6 medium thick patties. Do not flatten them.
Up next, prep the sweet potatoes & collard greens.
Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off the sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 thick rounds. Rinse the sweet potatoes and add the seasonings, fresh ginger & brown sugar to the sweet potatoes.
Chop the collard greens into semi small pieces. It’s best to peel the leaf away from the hard piece in the middle before chopping. I do not like the hard piece. Now throughly rinse & drain and add the seasonings.
Time to cook!
Cook the turkey burgers on an indoor electric grill set at 325 degrees or in a skillet set to medium heat. Make sure to use a cooking spray before placing the burger on the grill or skillet due to turkey burgers not producing much oil, if any. Cook the turkey burgers around 5-8 minutes on each side, until they reach 165 degrees. Add cheese and cover so the cheese can melt.
In another skillet, melt the butter for the sweet potatoes over medium heat. Now place the sweet potatoes into the melted butter, cover, turning frequently, until softened. Around 15-20 minutes. (I sometimes crank the temp higher to cook faster, but when working with brown sugar, keep turning, so they do not burn).
In another skillet, add all the collard green ingredients and cook on medium high heat. Cook until tender and most of the liquid is dissolved. Typically collard greens are cooked for hours but we want a slight crunch for the burger. Keep adding liquid, once the liquid dissolves, if you want the greens more tender. Liquid can be chicken broth or water. (Optional, I also add a little butter to my greens while they are cooking, I love butter)!
While everything is cooking, in a small bowl mix together your BBQ sauce, ketchup and hot sauce. This is optional. You can also use your favorite condiments.
Lastly toast the bun, spread the sauce on the bun, place the turkey burger with cheese on the bun, next add sweet potatoes, then collard greens, and lastly crispy onion strings.