Healthy Recipes


Spicy Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

A healthier and spicier alternative to your traditional beef burger, these harissa turkey burgers add a zing to extra taste. Serves with a side of root vegetable fries – try sweet potato, parsnip, beetroot or butternut squash. 

  • 1 kg Sweet potato
  • 1½ tsp vegetable oil (preferably extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 Red onions, finely diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50 g Wholewheat couscous (alternative – cassava flour)
  • 500 g Turkey mince
  • 2 tbsp Harissa paste
  • 227 g Tin of pineapple slices in natural juice
  • 15 g Fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 50 g Baby spinach
  • 4 Gluten free rolls ((wheat rolls can be used))


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Divide the sweet potato fries between 2 baking trays. Toss with ½ tbsp oil and spread out the fries. Bake for 25-30 mins, turning halfway, until crisp.

  2. Meanwhile, heat ½ tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry three-quarters of the onion for 8 mins. Add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool a little.

  3. Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl and add 100ml boiling water. Cover with a plate and set aside for 6-8 mins until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff up with a fork.

  4. Put the mince, couscous, softened onion and harissa in a large bowl. Mix well with clean hands, then form into 4 patties. Heat ½ tbsp oil in the frying pan and fry the patties over a medium heat for 5 mins each side until cooked through and golden.

  5. Drain the pineapple, reserving 1 tbsp juice. Chop and mix with the mint, chilli, remaining onion, reserved juice and lime juice. Serve with the burgers, fries and spinach.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

  1. Freeze burgers only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food.

dinner, lunch, Main Course, supper
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