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Mushroom Swiss Burgers with Yam “Buns”

By Brittney Bergen

If you thought you had to sacrifice taste to eat healthy, you haven’t tried these burgers!  If you thought you had to sacrifice taste to eat healthy, you haven’t tried these burgers!/via@idealistisabel

I made this as a big meal-prep batch and froze half the patties, but you could easily half the recipe for a regular family of four.



  • 6 lbs organic lean ground beef
  • 1/8 c. onion, finely minced
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 9 small yams, halved (or larger ones sliced into ¾-1” slices)
  • 9 tsp olive oil (I used Oliv Italian Herb with Garlic)
  • 4 ½ tbsp. PC Bacon & Maple Barbecue Sauce (optional)
  • 4 ½ slice Swiss Cheese (optional)
  • 1 ¼ c sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 ½ tbsp. butter (optional)
  • 9 tsp olive oil mayonnaise (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

IMG_7554.JPGGreat quality beef requires no eggs, bread crumbs, or other binders

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine beef, onion, cloves, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with your hands and refridgerate until you have the yams in the oven.
  3. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil
  4. Brush both sides of yams with Olive oil, and spread out, cut side down on a baking pan

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  1. Bake for 25 min while you prepare the burgers
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan, and spread the mushrooms out in the pan.
  3. Brown the mushrooms, mix in the barbeque sauce, place in a bown, and set aside.
  4. Remove the beef mixture from the fridge, and roll it into 3 to 4” diameter balls. It should make about 9 (these shrink a lot when you cook them).

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  1. Preheat two large sauce pans to med-high heat.
  2. Flatten balls on a plate one at a time, and cook three-at-a time in saucepans.
  3. Cook for 4 min on the first side, and then 2 min on the second side (or until no longer pink).
  4. Top with mushrooms, and ½ piece of cheese and cover until melted.

IMG_7560 (2).JPGI always choose cheese made without “modified milk ingredients,” and surprisingly this Wal-Mart cheese matches that criteria.

  1. Salt both sides of the baked yams, and use 2 yam slices to make each “bun.”
  2. Add 1 tsp of olive oil mayo to each bun, add the burger patty, and enjoy!

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Makes 9 60-70 g cooked burgers.

Tag @idealisticisabel on Instagram when you make these, and let us know what you think! #macromonday

Soft pizza mozzarella is also really nice on these!

Nutrition Information Per Burger: (with 90 g baked yam)

  • 392 Calories
  • 22 g Carbohydrates (3 g fibre, 11 g sugar)
  • 23 g Fat
  • 24 g Protein

Nutrition Information Per Burger without Cheese, Mayo or Mushrooms: (with 90 g baked yam)

  • 291 Calories
  • 18 g Carbohydrates (3 g fibre, 7 g sugar)
  • 15 g Fat
  • 21 g Protein

To cut even more fat, try using extra lean turkey or extra lean beef.

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