Beef Essentials: Burgers on Sweet Potato Mash

Andy Anderson !


Here is another lockdown recipe that is easy to make, totally tasty, and can be made with stuff you have lurking in your cupboards, pantries, and fridge.

And, yes, if you look at the main photo, there really is a burger laying underneath that mound of yummy caramelized onions.

I am limiting the spices (salt/pepper) in the recipe so that the flavors of the taters, burgers, and onions shine through.

Easy/Peasy to make and tastes awesome.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top




  • 2 medium
    sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly cubed
  • 3 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp
    heavy cream, or milk

  • 1 large
    yellow onion, thinly sliced, caramelized, more on this later
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored variety

  • 1/2 lb
    ground beef, lean (80/20)

  • ·
    salt, kosher variety
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground

How to Make Beef Essentials: Burgers on Sweet Potato Mash


  2. Making caramelized onions is an artform. After a long, slow cook in the pan, they develop this delicate flavor that cannot be produced any other way. Here is the recipe I use:
    Master Recipe: Caramelizing Onions

    Since caramelized onions store well in the fridge or the freezer, I would suggest making a big batch and saving what you do not use for another recipe.
  3. Do not have any ground beef, no worries, substitute an equal amount of ground pork or chicken.

    No sweet potatoes… sub whatever taters you have.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Make the caramelized onions using the above recipe, or one of your own.
  6. About 30 minutes before the onions are ready, add the chopped sweet potatoes to a lightly salted pot of water, and boil, until softened, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  7. When the onions are ready, take about half of them, and mix them into the ground beef, and divide into two patties.
  8. Push the remainder of the onions to the sides and place the burgers into the pan over medium heat.
  9. Cook 3 – 4 minutes per side, until they are cooked through and beginning to brown.
  10. While the burgers are cooking, drain and add the sweet potatoes to a bowl; along with the butter and cream (or milk). Then mash up with a fork, or potato masher.
  11. You can put them into a blender to make them smooth; however, I like them a bit chunky.

    And, you can throw a pinch of salt and pepper in; just to give them added layers of flavor.
  12. Divide the sweet potatoes between two plates.
  13. Add the burgers and top with the sautéed onions.
  15. Serve while nice and warm; possibly with a side salad, and a crisp chardonnay. Enjoy.
  16. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Beef Essentials: Burgers on Sweet Potato Mash

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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