Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger (aka Thanksgivukkah Burger)

November 22, 2013

Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger (aka Thanksgivukkah Burger)

People, this year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah happen on the same day.
On November 28, 2013, for the first time in a long time, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving + Hanukkah = Thanksgivukkah. (Yes, it’s like Sharknado all over again.)
To be precise, this happened once before, in 1888, and will happen at least two more times, in 2070 and 2165.
Since I’m not sure if I’ll make it to 2070, I say let’s take this once in a lifetime opportunity and cook the hell out of this 2013 Thanksgivukkah.
And eat it, A-L-L-!
I know...I get carried away by these “once in a lifetime” events.
Last year - for instance - I made a big fuss about the 12-12-12 day, but then none of my friends cared. Bummer.
But this Thanksgivukkah, I am NOT letting this one slip away.
I don’t care if I’m not Jewish, I love the idea of combining two traditions into one. If for no other reasons that it can be an awesome learning experience.

Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger (aka Thanksgivukkah Burger)

So the other day I was browsing through Pinterest looking for recipe ideas for Thanksgivukkah and I stumbled upon this video of a woman making a dope Thanksgivukkah sandwich.
She made it with sweet potato latkes, beet and potato latkes, fried sage, cranberry sauce and leftover turkey.
First off woman, yes you woman, you-are-genius. If it was up to me, I would award you with a Nobel Prize this instant. But I’m a no one, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for that.

Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger (aka Thanksgivukkah Burger)

However - as awesome as that sandwich looked - there were way too many fried things in it for my personal taste. And I don’t have leftover turkey yet...not happening.
To solve this impasse, I’ve decided to come up with my personal take on that sandwich.
And made a Thanksgivukkah burger.
Picture this: Gluten-free baked sweet potato latkes to replace the buns, an awesome turkey patty, cranberry sauce, a bit of fried sage and maybe some gravy.
One word: YUM!
I believe it is one of the raddest burger I’ve ever made. It’s completely gluten-free, 100% paleo approved and totally THANKSGIVUKKAH compliant. Score!
(As you can see I’m already super stoked with Thanksgivukkah).

Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger (aka Thanksgivukkah Burger)
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Inspired by Quinn Cooper

Makes 4 burgers

Baked Sweet Potato Latkes
1 ½ lb / 680 gr sweet potatoes (about 2 large)
2 scallions (or 1 medium onion), thinly sliced
2 free-range organic large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup / 1.76 oz / 50 gr almond meal
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Turkey Patties

1 lb / 453 grams ground organic turkey
2 tablespoons mustard (Dijon mustard is definitely my favorite)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoon almond flour
salt and pepper to taste

Toppings & Sauces

Cranberry sauce
Caramelized onions
Fried sage


Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), coat two baking sheets with olive oil.
Grate sweet potatoes with a medium sized grater (or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor), so you get decent shreds of potatoes.
In a large bowl combine scallions and eggs. Add almond flour, salt and pepper and mix until incorporated. Add sweet potatoes, and toss until combined and evenly coated.
Drop ½ cup of potato mixture onto the baking sheet, and with the help of a spatula flatten and shape into large flat discs. Repeat to obtain 8 big latkes.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. I recommend to rotate the baking sheet a couple of times to get an even crispiness.
The latkes are ready when they have a nice golden color and are bit burned around the edges.
While the latkes are baking, make the turkey patties.
In a large bowl using a fork gently combine ground turkey with cheese, scallion, almond flour, mustard and garlic. With dampened hands gently form 4 1-inch-thick patties.
Cook patties over medium-high heat on a grill pan (or a large frying pan) until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.
To assemble burgers, spread each pattie on a sweet potato latke, top with cranberry sauce, caramelized onions, fried sage and some gravy. Top with another latke and HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH!

Nutrition facts

One burger with all topping and sauces yields (approximately) 405 calories, 20 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbs and 30 grams of protein.


  1. But she has TWO jars of Nutella in her cupboards, Mike. Not one, TWO!!! I say that is reason alone to revoke that nobel prize... ;)

    And I am SO with you with the 12-12-12 thing. I'm a real sucker for these kinds of things. I think my all time favorite was 11:11 on the 11-11-11. I was so lucky as to look at the clock at that specific hour on that specific day, and of course, I made a wish. I'm sure it was a very good one at that, only I can't remember what it was... probably for the better, that way I won't ever be able to tell whether it came true or not!

    1. OK, OK, OK...you can have a Nobel Prize as well, but you have to remember that wish. I want to know it!

    2. Ha! Even if I did remember, I couldn't tell you, for if I did tell you, it would never come true! ;)

  2. Dab aka the straight redderNovember 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Goodness me this is the ultimate treat! Nobel prize? I'd suggest the inventor deserves Holiness status - Hail to the Quinn!

  3. Goodness Mike, this is mouthwatering!

  4. Oh my, cooking like that plus having 2 jars of Nutella in the cupboard sounds like the girl of my dreams! This recipe IS some stuff, well done!

    1. Thanks brotha, this burger (such as Nutella) is right up your alley!

  5. This looks fantastic, what a great idea!

  6. Mike - these sweet potato latkes look and sound fab! I had never heard of beet latkes untill I saw them in that video! BRILLIANT indeed!

  7. What a spectacular burger...creative, unique, and completely delicious! The fried sage is a nice touch too =)

  8. Aren't you getting all fancy shmancy with the burger. It is stunning and I'm loving it. Nutella....love.

  9. This looks like absolute heaven, in sandwich form. I don't even care that both Thanksgiving and Hannukkah are over -- I need to make this! I also wanted to let you know that after finding this post, I had to share it with my readers on my blog's Weekend Wrap-Up. I've left the link below and would love it if you stopped by -- it's a small wrap up this week, but there are some great links on it. Thank you for the amazing recipe, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!