Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Homemade Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Of all the things that I cook, bake, grill and steam in the kitchen, it's safe to say that my husband’s favorite food is sweet potato fries. He asks for them multiple times a month. What Can I say? He’s easy to please!

Well, we were long overdue for some sweet potato fries, and what better to go with them than homemade hamburgers? Not only are homemade hamburgers MUCH better for you than restaurant burgers, they are much more frugal and are super easy to make!

Here is a break down of the cost:
1 lb Grassfed beef - $ 4.99
Spices - $ .25
1 Tomato (organic) - $ .79
1 head of Romaine Lettuce (organic) - $ .99
1 Onion - $ .59 (when bought in bulk)
Homemade Buns (4) - $ 2.00
3 Sweet potatoes (organic) - $ 1.75

Total for 5 homemade burgers and fries = $ 11.36, Total per serving: $ 2.27

Compare this with the cost of a fast food burger, and you save about $ 3.00 PER SERVING! Not to mention all the added nutrition and increased quality of this meal, using real, whole foods! Plus, you don’t have to worry about ecoli, sodium content, fat content, contamination, ect!

Homemade Burgers:

1 lb Grassfed ground beef
4 pinches paprika
2 pinches of thyme (or other spice of choice)
2 pinches of onion powder
1 tsp Worchester sauce
2 Tbps shredded or finely minced Onion
Tomato, Onion, Lettuce – to top burgers (all optional)
Homemade Buns (recipe here

Mix ground beef, spices, Worchester sauce and onion in bowl. I used my hands to mash them all together. Shape the mixture into balls, we had enough for 5.

Heat your skillet over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil. Once oil is heated, add your burgers to the skillet. Press the balls down with your spatula, to create a hamburger shape. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side (4-5 if you like them really well done). Repeat until all burgers are cooked!

Then garish with your toppings and sauces and serve! We had bunless burgers, but these would have been great with these homemade buns!

Sweet Potato Fries:

3 Medium to Large Sweet Potatoes
¼ Cup Olive Oil
1 Tsp Basil
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
2 Tsp Sea Salt (depending on how salt you like them, reduce or increase amount)

Preheat over to 425. Wash and Peel your sweet potatoes. Then cut them into fry sized pieces, they can be thicker or thinner, depending on your preference!

Mix Olive Oil, Basil, Garlic and Sea Salt together in a small bowl. Empty the bowl into a gallon size plastic bag. Add the sweet potatoes and shake until well coated.

Transfer to a cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes, then flip the fries and cook for another 5-10, until crispy on both sides!


  1. I highly recommend adding some small garlic cloves to the meat, it's super yummy!

  2. YUM! I bet that would be really good! I am going to try that next time! Thank you for the tip!

  3. Thanks so much for joining What's Cooking Wednesday! Your recipe sounds delicious... I've never made sweet potato fries before!

  4. Thank you for hosting! They are so delicious! You really should try them! They are our favorite!

  5. I like burgers because my hubby is in charge of the grill!

    Thanks for stopping by for What's Cooking Wednesday...come back next week and link up again!