Ditching the carbs and ditching the bun both seem to be a continuing trend for those who are focused on healthy, mindful eating. We all know that carbohydrates are a source of energy and when consumed, most carbohydrates covert into glucose to fuel our cells. To cut out carbs completely would not be a wise choice as it is our body's main source of energy. The problem arises when we consume large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. That, in fact, can lead to a host of health problems such as diabetes and cognitive impairment.
As active of a lifestyle as I lead, I know my body needs carbohydrates. I simply can not expect my body to perform at its best without them. But I am mindful about the carbs that I choose. So when it comes to a burger, I would rather ditch the bun depending on its ingredients and put my burger on a bed of lettuce. Then add a better source of carbs to my meal.
Sweet potatoes are a a solid choice when looking for a nutritious carbohydrate. They have 7 grams of fiber per serving and are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, B6, and potassium. They also have a good amount of water content to them which provides you with the feeling of being full and satisfied.
Being that sliders are a popular menu item in our home, I wanted to create something fun and different but focus on a healthier alternative to the traditional slider bun. Sweet potatoes are the perfect candidate for this as they are not only healthy, but they are sturdy and the perfect size in diameter for a slider bun. When selecting the sweet potatoes, try to find some that are good size in diameter.
If you have never tried a sweet potato as a bun before, this is more of a fork and knife kind of meal rather than a finger food. That is unless you don't mind things a little messy. Then by all means, pick it up and go for it! I prefer these sliders open faced rather than having a top and bottom bun, but that is just my preference. Keep that option in mind when deciding how many sliders you want to make and how many top and bottom "buns" you will need.
2 large sweet potatoes, large in diameter, sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Grass-fed beef patties:
1 1/2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
sliced red onions
sun dried tomatoes
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Prep your toppings and dressing and set aside. The dressing can be made the day before.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potato slices, melted coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper. Mix well. Then place potato slices on your baking sheet. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, just until tender, not too soft.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with all the remaining seasonings, mix well, and form 8 slider sized patties.
4. Grill the patties until the internal temperature reaches 140°-145°.
5. Once your sweet potato slices and grass-fed sliders are done, you are ready to build these fun sized burgers. Choose your desired toppings and whether you want open faced sliders or the full top and bottom buns. Enjoy!