Healthy Lunch Ideas: Burger & Jicama Fries

By Kira O’Donnell

Some things just go well together: eggs and bacon, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and… well anything haha, and burgers and fries!

I have been having major burger cravings lately now that it is grilling season. Typically the burger and fry combo gets a super unhealthy grade but I have found ways yet again to make a delicious dish fat loss friendly!

First let’s have a look at the burger….

Fat Loss Friendly Burger

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You can use either lean ground beef or ground turkey. I like to chop up onion and garlic and mix that into the patties as well as pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes if I feel like spicing it up. I can usually get 4 burgers out of one package of meat. After cooking thoroughly on the grill I place it on a whole romaine lettuce leaf along with tomato, avocado, spicy mustard, and occasionally crispy bacon!

Now for the fries you must keep an open mind…

I used to make sweet potato fries a lot but still found them to be kind of heavy. Coach Kate posted a butternut squash fry recipe which is delicious. I recently discovered another option, jicama!

photo 1Jicama is a root vegetable which is not at all starchy.

The texture is somewhere between an apple and a raw potato. It is a great source of vitamin C and fiber.  You can spice them up however you like. Here is the recipe that I used.

Jicama Fries

photo 2Ingredients:

  • 1 medium jicama
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cilantro
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel the skin off of the jicama and cut up into fry sized pieces.
  3. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning fries over halfway through cooking time.

Voila!!! 🙂

Healthy Lunch Tip: Ask for no bun and extra lettuce and that burger or sandwich quickly becomes fat loss friendlier 😉